The 47-year-old American actress, Reese Witherspoon, has been ruling the hearts of her fans for decades. From her infectious smile to her knack for comedy, the actress has made a significant mark in the industry.
Her notable works include Gone Girl, Just Like Heaven, This Means War, Hot Pursuit, Home Again, and more. The rom-com queen has a successful and fulfilling career, however, she had an emotional meltdown on the sets of her biggest hit.
The gorgeous actress was struggling immensely when she was shooting for one of the best roles of her career in Legally Blonde. She had recently become a mother and faced difficulty in balancing her personal and professional life.
Reese Witherspoon had an emotional breakdown on sets of Legally Blonde
In the interview with Cinema, the actress revealed that she had become a mother only six months prior to the start of the shoot. Hence, she had to tend to her daughter and manage her shoot, which became overwhelming after some time.
On being asked if she wished to drop out from the film, Witherspoon replied,
“I couldn’t have done it without Ryan’s support. I was worried that I wasn’t getting enough sleep because my daughter Ava was sick quite often during the shoot and there were a lot of days when I didn’t think I could pull it off.”
“Some nights Ava would wake up screaming because she had the flu and I would spend most of the night trying to rock her back to sleep and then have to be on the set at 7 in the morning for make-up! And then you throw in the fact that I’m supposed to be playing a very bubbly and energetic California preppy who is smiling all the time! I kept thinking, “I’m going to kill myself! I’m never going to make it!”
Witherspoon married actor Ryan Phillippe in 1999 and the couple welcomed their daughter, Ava Elizabeth Phillippe later that year. The pair were divorced by 2008.
Reese Witherspoon’s opinion on fashion varies from her Legally Blonde character
In Legally Blonde, Reese Witherspoon’s character, Elle Woods, has a keen interest in fashion and beauty. She is always seen in stylish clothes and donning the latest trends. However, in real life, Witherspoon is a complete contrast. She has never been in the race to be the hottest or the sexiest girl in Hollywood.
The Good Lie actress shared,
“I don’t worry about looking like the hottest thing. I won’t play that kind of Hollywood game because I feel there is way too much pressure on women to correspond to a ridiculously thin body image. I see it happening all the time, and it’s frightening. It’s taken me a while to figure it out, but I know that I will never be the thinnest, smartest, coolest, or sexiest woman in Hollywood. I’ve decided to drop out of that competition permanently, and I’ve met a lot of other actresses who also don’t give a damn about this whole super thin trend or whether they’re not wearing a really cool dress. That’s all a load of bulls**t.”
Legally Blonde was a box office hit and grossed $141 million worldwide on an $18 million budget. It is available for streaming on Amazon Prime, Fubo, MGM+, Tubi, Hoopla, and Pluto TV.