So apparently Reese Witherspoon is pregnant. The award-winning actress already has two children – 12-year-old Ava and 8-year-old Deacon – from her first marriage to Ryan Phillippe, but this one marks her first with Hollywood talent agent/husband Jim Toth. The news comes just one day before her 36th birthday and, I must say, this is one lucky woman. I mean, how many people get a complete do-over at 36?
The thing is, Reese Witherspoon has had a pretty crazy career up until now. Even though I loved her in movies like Election (the best!) and Cruel Intentions, her breakthrough role in 2001’s Legally Blonde is what truly made her a household name (I think our generation will always think of her first and foremost as Elle Woods).
At age 30 – a time when most people are figuring out their careers and if they truly want to get married/have kids – Reese already had an Oscar (Walk the Line), a hot husband and two small kids under her belt. That’s not to say she didn’t have her issues – Phillipe reportedly cheated on her more than once – but still….she was one of the first women in Hollywood to show that you could have both a family and a serious career without being a major fuck-up. Plus, she’s absolutely adorable (I mean, really, does anybody dislike Reese Witherspoon?).
All this to say that Reese has managed to do all the things that most older moms get out of the way long before they have kids (you know, like winning an Oscar). At age 36, she’s starting fresh. It’s a whole big do-over replete with nice hubby, successful career (This Means War is her latest) and now, if all goes well, a brand new baby.
Just last month, she told British TV show Daybreak that she’s feeling nervous about daughter Ava’s upcoming 13th birthday. “I don’t know anything about teenagers, so I’m on a big learning curve here,” she said. “This is the time where I start asking all my friends who have kids who are older, ‘What do you do about a cell phone? What are your rules about the computer? Is she allowed to go out with friends or is she not?’ So I learn a lot from other mothers.”
And while she didn’t mention having more children, she did talk about her desire to hug all of her friends’ babies (“They’re all so stinking cute!”). Looks like she’ll have a new one of her own later this year.
So…any bets on baby names?