Wither­spoon puts fam­ily first

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Reese Wither­spoon has taken a step back from act­ing to make her fam­ily her num­ber one pri­or­ity. The Os­car win­ner ad­mits she has scaled back her act­ing work in or­der to spend more time with her chil­dren Ava, 16, and 11-year-old Dea­con - her kids with ex-hus­band Ryan Phillippe - and twoyear-old Ten­nessee with cur­rent spouse Jim Toth. Reese - whose last film ‘Hot Pur­suit’ with Sofia Ver­gara came out in May - said: “My fam­ily comes first. I haven’t made a movie prob­a­bly in a year and a half. I’m fo­cused on my busi­ness, but also I want to spend time with my teenage daugh­ter. It’s ter­ri­fy­ing that my old­est child is about to leave [home to go to univer­sity]. I can’t imag­ine not sit­ting at the foot of her bed, say­ing, ‘So what hap­pened at school to­day?’ “The 39-year-old ac­tress ac­cepts “it’s hard” to raise well-rounded chil­dren in Hol­ly­wood and she is par­tic­u­larly strict about what they watch on TV. Speak­ing in Glam­our mag­a­zine, she said: “You hope you’re say­ing the right things - but also, as a kid be­comes a teenager, you feel like there’s a tick­ing clock to tell them every­thing they need to know. My kids make me laugh ev­ery day. And they’re so sup­port­ive. As I get older, they un­der­stand things I wor­ried about - the guilt of be­ing gone - in a way that’s so heal­ing for me, when they say, ‘Mom, we know you love what you do. We love to watch you do what you do.’ “Reese and Jim have been hap­pily mar­ried for four-and-a-half years and she in­sists noth­ing has “wildly changed” be­tween them since they first be­gan their ro­mance. She said: “I just love him more and more. I want so much for him to be happy, and he wants me to be happy.”

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