Reese Witherspoon covers Elle UK, hangs out with Chelsea Handler


This is Reese Witherspoon’s cover for the May issue of Elle UK. She’s promoting Water For Elephants, so I’m thinking that Reese is going to be on the cover of several May issues. I like this shot a lot – Reese’s appeal is as a “normal” mom and now wife who is somehow beyond the average Hollywood junk. She’s usually styled as such too – big Southern hair, big smile, kind-of Southern, pageanty dresses. I like her when she changes it up – and this is such a sexy shot. Sexy, and clean and minimalist. Love it!

There are some excerpts from the Elle cover interview too – it sounds like Reese is really talking about marriage and Ryan and Jim… very interesting:

Reese Witherspoon tied the knot with Ryan Phillippe in 1999 when she was 23. They have daughter Ava, 11, and seven-year-old son Deacon together, but got divorced in 2007. Last weekend Reese married Hollywood agent Jim Toth at a ceremony in California. The two are very happy together, but that doesn’t mean Reese regrets her first wedding. She is still friends with Ryan and says being with him enriched her life.

“Oh, I was so, so young. I was, like, ridiculously young. I learnt a lot, though. It was a good opportunity for me to really find out what it means to be a partner and to be in a marriage and it’s not anything that I thought it was,” she told the May edition of UK magazine Elle. “You can’t say, ‘I don’t want to talk about that.’ You just can’t. You’ve got to talk about it all.”

Reese, 35, is amazed she’s managed to find happiness again. She was thrilled when Jim proposed at the end of last year, revealing the moment completely took her breath away.

“It’s an exciting feeling. [Somebody saying], ‘You’re the one.’ And it’s a surprise. You know, I’m surprised when people who aren’t related to me see my movies,” she explained. “And you’re surprised somebody wants to be with you because, boy, I’ve got a lot of quirks and wrinkles.”

Reese feels “lucky” to be with Jim because she finds the whole dating process hard. Being with someone in the same industry has made things easier, and she admits feeling “happy” she no longer has to worry about finding someone.

The actress has a small group of friends she calls on when times are hard and lasting friendships are important to Reese. Her good pals are people who don’t care that she’s famous and have known her for a long time, so she can trust them.

“Friendships are work. You can only have a friend if you are a friend. You’ve got to be there. I really want to be the person who shows up for people when they need me,” she explained. “[My friends and I] tell each other everything. Stuff is hard to deal with, and we’ve gone through a lot together. I have an incredible support system.”

[From Music Rooms]

I like the way Reese talks about her first marriage – and she has never sugar-coated that junk. The subtext – for me – is always “My first marriage was such a disaster that I kind of hated the institution for years.” That’s something I always appreciate about Reese – she manages to convey her feelings on her disastrous first marriage while still sounding diplomatic and nice, and never bitter. I also appreciate that she doesn’t talk in self-help speak or mealy-mouthed platitudes.

A few more things – Reese stepped out with her new wedding band on, and you can see the photos here. They’re pretty boring. Also, last night Reese went out partying with Chelsea Handler. There are photos to prove it! UGH. They’re going to be working together on a movie. DOUBLE UGH.


Elle cover courtesy of The Fashion Spot. Additional pics by Fame.

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  1. Sigh. says:

    Witherspoon has already been on an episode of Handler’s sitcom, “After Lately.”

  2. MikeyAngel says:

    I LOVE her, but I don’t like how they positioned her head in the top pic. It makes her look like she has no neck. She has that heart shaped face, which doesn’t picture the best straight on like that. Other than that I like the picture. Have loved her ever since her first movie Man In the Moon

  3. brin says:

    She looks gorgeous! I love her and I think she really has her priorities straight. So happy for her. She has it all!

  4. ct4224 says:

    Well good luck to her because we all know that a year or two from now it will be another divource. Hollywood marriages hardly ever work. I really don’t understand why any of them get marriage. They should just date.

  5. the original bellaluna says:

    I just read my US article on her wedding, and I love this quote:

    “I believe in marriage. I really do. It kind of redefines itself for you. I’m more clear, or realistic, about what it is.”

    So true, and beautifully stated. I wish her all the happiness.

  6. Marjalane says:

    Hmmmm. That Handler taint is a tough one to wash off.

  7. Reality says:

    Big southern hair and pageanty dresses? Huh? Since when? I think she dresses (and is styled for covers) very elegantly and always looks chic.

    I like the cover, but it looks like she’s got no neck. And again, I think Chelsea Handler looks like a hoot to hang out with. She’s a bitch, but she doesn’t pretend to be anything else.

  8. Moe says:

    Come ON. That cover doesn’t look like her at all. What happened to her chin? Her neck? It’s like they’re all robots, sheesh.

  9. Miss Marie says:

    Folks lose points in my book in they read or watch Chelsea Handler. Our organizations’ seemingly highly intelligent Vice President of Communications confused to me this week, her love of the writings of Chelsea Handler. UGH! Double UGH if Reese is hanging with her! Losers!

  10. OtherChris says:

    I didn’t even recognize her. Where is her chin?

  11. danielle says:

    I also like the cover shot. Reese and Handler sound like a really odd combination!

  12. Turquoise Blue says:

    She’s a bombshell in that picture! Nice legs, Reese! I love the way she speaks about her life with such tact and class, never talking trash about Ryan even when he probably deserves it. I hope this marriage makes her very happy.

  13. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    WHY WHY WHY are you hanging out with Handler? She’s so F*cking nasty!

  14. lisa says:

    Whose body is that.. because it is not Reese’s

    Well there goes that Christian image she likes to paint.

    Funny how all these “sweet women” love that nasty Handler.

    Reese needs a hit. Her last film with a budget of over 100 million was a MAJOR bomb. So she seems to be doing what she has never done. Working all the angles. We will see if it brings in the BO cash. I don’t see Reese getting another 20 million pay day. But such is life.

  15. Harley says:

    Reese looks beautiful. Love her and wish her happiness. I know that she is hated here, but I love Chelsea too. Like Reality said above, she’s a total bitch, but she doesn’t pretend to be anything else – and that’s why I like her.

  16. Kat says:

    @Johnny Depp’s Girl: Couldn’t have said it better myself. I hope it’s just a ‘for work’ thing, and not a “Chelsea’s my new bestie”.

  17. The Truth Fairy says:

    She’s cute and a good actress, but she’s not sexy at all.

  18. Aqua says:

    I don’t get Chelsea Handler at all,no seriously I don’t get the channel her show is on but from what I’ve read from comments on this site she seems to be the kid in school your parents always told you to stay away from.

  19. Baffled says:

    Reese looks pretty but her chin is missing. I also like Chelsea Handler; I think she’s funny and smart. I don’t understand the hate here.

  20. Flounder says:

    I love Reese! I love how she manages to be conservative without coming across as haughty.

  21. Marytere says:

    She kinda remind me of Kirsten Dunst when she was healtier…

  22. mln76 says:

    In Reese’s defense I doubt she actually likes Handler. Handler just has really good reps and it’s advantageous to Reese to make these people happy especially now that her movies aren’t doing as well. I am curious if Handler was actually invited to the wedding if she was she’ll blab on about it on her crapfest TV show.

  23. jellytot says:

    i always read this site but sometimes i don’t like how people write about these subtexts which are really just personal deductions, as if they are fact.

    i don’t really see a subtext in what she said.

    don’t hang out with handler reese!

  24. Just Me says:

    The Elle cover photo of Reese reminds me of a young Lee Remick.

  25. Renee says:

    Wow, on the Elle cover it looks like they morphed her into an Olsen.

  26. kikay says:

    isnt she supposed to be on honeymoon still?i thought that wedding is gonna keep her inside for a while,well,i guess ,no such luck!

  27. bluhare says:

    Too funny. I thought she was Kirsten Dunst for a minute.

    Reese has always seemed a tad calculating to me, that everything is reviewed before she makes a comment. Not necessarily a bad thing but not exactly a window into her soul either, even though those “heartfelt” marriage comments are meant to look that way. Hope that makes sense.

    But Chelsea Handler? Lots of people make movies with other people without hanging out with them.

  28. skibunny says:

    Why isnt she thrown under the bus like Jennifer Aniston for befriending the evil Chelsea. She must also approve of Ms Handler’s rant about the Jolie kids. Guilty by association right?

  29. Kira says:

    Leave it to skibunny to bring up the Aniston-Jolie feud. Got triangle on the brain much?

    As soon as Chelsea says hateful and racist things about Ryan Philippe, like she did to Angelina and her kids, then it will be like Aniston + Chelsea. But somehow I doubt Reese has any axes to grind against her ex. She’s obviously moved on. Wish you would, too.

    I really like these pics, but it’s obvious that Reese had her slightly pointy chin photo-chopped off. Kinda sad they did that to her.
    Surprising to see Reese and Chelsea together but it seems like they both need some good PR right now.

  30. Zelda says:

    Chelsea Handler has a type: bland.

  31. Kate says:

    Where is the OTHER HALF OF HER CHIN?

  32. JenJen says:

    I like Reese, but lately she always looks trashed in pics when she is out. It just doesn’t seem like her, I wonder if it has to do with the new guy, maybe he isn’t such a “family” guy.

  33. Maritza says:

    She looks beautiful in that cover although I agree it does make her look without a neck.

  34. Sassy says:

    Chelsea is a very different personality in her books than on her show. She is quite intelligent and rather conventional in her behaviour. Her family is very important to her and she seems like a good egg.
    Similar to Joan Rivers stage persona vs. the real Joan. They are comedians, people. I will admit that I thought that Chelsea looked just horrible from the hair to the clothing that she wore when she was with her older man. When she got out of that relationship she lost years and started looking like a much younger person. I think she is sharp as a tack and will continue to have a career long after the Kardashian, Lohan, etc. group are long gone.

  35. mystified says:

    I like Chelsea Handler. But maybe I wouldn’t if I didn’t have the talentless Cathy Griffen to compare her to.

  36. Camille says:

    If Reese becomes ‘best friends’ with Handler and Aniston she will lose me as a fan. 🙁

    Kira 29#: I agree with the first couple of paragraphs of your comment. Well said. 🙂

  37. Amityvillelives says:

    I really don’t get how people can like Handler, and how they cannot ‘get’ the hatred for her. I guess to them, making racist jokes about small CHILDREN is acceptable? Anyone who has those racist thoughts, is downright evil. But to pick on children like that? And to call women the c word? All I can say is the Handler apologists on here can’t seem to see why decent normal people don’t accept racism, targetting children or verbal violence against women. I really don’t get how people don’t ‘get’ why she is disliked. What does it take for them to ‘get’ it?

  38. Amityvillelives says:

    Its sick that someone who is racist and who abuses and mocks innocent children to get at their mother has fans. I find this very sick and very, very disturbing. Are they fans of the KKK, too?

  39. skibunny says:

    Leave it to skibunny to bring up the Aniston-Jolie feud. Got triangle on the brain much?

    What feud? Triangle? I dont think they have either one.