When it comes to telling her teen daughter the best part about being a woman, Reese Witherspoon simply explains “there's no bad stuff.”
ET caught up with the Wild actress at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards Monday night, where she shared why she feels so lucky to be a woman and how she tries to make sure her daughter Ava Phillippe, 16, knows how lucky she is too.
“I mean really we are so lucky to be women in this country, that we have freedoms that other women in other countries do not have,” Witherspoon, 39, told ET. “We have a right to education. We have a lot of rights about our healthcare. It's really important that my daughter understands and other people’s daughters understand that it’s important how we pick our political candidates to preserve those rights and push ourselves further in the world by making sure we have representation.”
The star took home an award during the show for her work in creating stronger roles for women in film, which she has been able to do since spearheading her own production company, Pacific Standards, despite being told she shouldn’t.
“I was nervous, y’all,” Witherspoon admitted during her acceptance speech. “I was spending my own money, which everyone in the movie business always tells you, ‘Don't spend your own money on anything.’ I was warned that on the crazy chance Pacific Standard would acquire any good scripts we would never make it past our first few years in business because there just wasn’t a market for buying female-driven material.”
“But like Elle Woods, I do not like to be underestimated,” she continued.
Witherspoon’s company went on to produce the massively successful films, Gone Girl and Wild, which the star says wouldn’t have been possible without the support from her husband.
“I could never start a company, I couldn't climb a mountain, I couldn't have three kids if I didn't have a supportive husband,” she told ET. “He's my biggest champion and my biggest fan.”
Witherspoon admits that her life isn’t as glamorous as it might appear on screen, but that’s okay.
“I mean I have a kid in diapers so there's definitely some early mornings like I gotta go to the bathroom,” she joked. “There's definitely parts of it where your like there's nothing glamorous about any of this but that's the wonderful part about life. You have all these wonderful experiences and I get to channel that through my art which is cool.”
So what’s next for Witherspoon? Turns out she has been speaking to the screenwriters about a possible Legally Blonde 3! Check out what she had to say about a possible third installment in the video below.