Reese Witherspoon attempts a “beachy sexpot ditz” image change: who is she kidding?


Reese Witherspoon covers the February issue of Elle Magazine, probably to promote that horrible-looking This Means War, in which Chris Pine and Tom Hardy play super-spies vying for Reese’s affection. I mean… really? Reese has a lot riding on this, I guess. She wants to be the queen of romantic-comedies. She wants to be America’s Favorite Sweetheart. She also wants to be seen as super-sexy, I think. Thus, the photo shoot doesn’t make her look like an ice-princess, which is how she’s usually styled. Nor is she “vamped” up, like she was in some photo shoots last year. This Reese is beachy and fun and casual-sexy. The whole shoot is very Jennifer Aniston-esque. I wonder if this about-face will work? Reese is selling her sex appeal hard in her interview too:

Reese on how she met her current husband, Jim Toth: It was when his boozy friend began hitting on her. “This really drunk guy was hitting on me, making such an idiot of himself, yelling at me. He was like [slurring, scowling, pointing finger in her face], ‘You don’t know me.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, I know. I don’t know you!’ Jim came over and said, ‘Please excuse my friend. He’s just broken up with someone.’ And I remember thinking, his friend is such an ass, what a jerk. And that Jim was a really good friend, pulling him out of that situation.”

On her divorce from Ryan Phillippe: “It was awful. It was like I was having a delayed response to my divorce. All my adrenaline shock had held me over for nine or ten months, and then I collapsed under the weight of grieving. I have to be honest with you, I’m a totally different person now . . . I don’t think I realized how little I was living. I was so consumed with trying to hold it together.”

On her sexuality: “I do have to say, I like my body so much better after I had kids. Is that a crazy thing to say? I’m more womanly. I feel sexier. I’m more comfortable with my sexuality as I get older. When I was younger, I didn’t know why men were starting to look at me. Now I know why men are looking — and I’m cool with it.”

On This Means War: “I’m not saying it’s serious or important. It’s like Mr. and Mrs. Smith with dating.”

On making between $15-20 million per film: “I’m very lucky. Every time they call and talk to me about money, I get embarrassed about it. A couple of women finally made me feel better: ‘To get what you’re making, do you know how much money people are making off you?’ I’m like, ‘Oh, oh, okay.’ And I can give it away and support other people and give more people jobs in films that I believe in.”

A moment with Chelsea Handler: Because “[Reese] is one of the few people in this town who can actually get a movie made,” notes Handler, a close friend, who met the actress at Jennifer Aniston’s fortieth birthday party. Witherspoon, a producer on This Means War, formed Type A Films in 200 and has nine films in development, two of which are Southern movies written by Southern writers. “I’m having this Odysseus moment, where I want to return home. I want to touch the South more.”

Her girl friends: “All my best friends are moms. They understand if you say, ‘I have to go!’ You have to go because somebody’s probably eating glass or drinking something under the sink, right?”

[From Page Six, Elle print edition]

You know what ended up bothering me? It wasn’t all of the “sexy” stuff, which YES, totally feels forced and unnatural when it’s about Reese. Like, Reese is pretty. Reese is cute. Reese is a good girl. Reese is talented. But I’ll never buy that she’s some sexpot, or a vamp, or some easy-breezy, sexy beach girl. She’s an anal-retentive hardass. Own it, Reese. Anyway, what really bothered me was the fake “OMG, I don’t understand how much MONEY I make” part, especially when it was paired with the conversation about her production company. Reese understands money. She likes making an eight-figure paycheck, and she will fight tooth and nail to stay in the highest-earning bracket in Hollywood. By all accounts, she’s an efficient and organized producer. So why the fake humility about money? Is it because “sexy” girls aren’t supposed to care about how much money they make? Bulls–t.

Elle Magazine photos courtesy of The Fashion Spot.

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  1. Evie says:

    She’s so fake!

    • Guesty says:

      +50. So incredibly unlikeable, so fake, so terribly overrated.

      The money thing: she’s up there in terms of actresses who in fact *don’t* justify their salary with the earning returns on her projects.

  2. atorontogal says:

    No No No!!! I can’t buy this new look now, it’s too late. Is she getting career advice from her new bff Chelsea Handler? On a side note, I wonder how long CH’s new show is going to last?

    • deltona lakes says:

      I don’t think CH or JA are her BFF’s. She said her best friends are Mother’s. Neither are…Oops! Why don’t people read between the lines. Courtney Cox also mentioned who her best friend was and it wasn’t JA.

  3. cr says:

    They seemed to have photoshopped the hell out of the cover.
    15-20 million? Really? I know she’s an Oscar winning actress, but do her films really make enough money to justify her salary.

    • mssnarnd says:

      I can’t believe I’m admitting this as it’s embarrassing; but, I forgot that she won an Oscar! I had to Google it.

      • Trillion says:

        She won an Oscar for her crappy performance as June Cash, right? God, she was so cliche and awful in that. The writing was not good either, but still, she was painful to watch in Walk The Line.

      • testingtona says:

        Funny enough, I though Jenna Fisher from The Office did a better job in Walk Hard, at least she was trying to make us laugh

      • Sarah says:

        The worst part of her winning an oscar for walk the line was that joaquin phoenix didn’t.

  4. lipsy says:

    You mean Chris Pine, Kaiser! (Kaiser you rock)

  5. SolitaryAngel says:

    I love the look of her in the last 2 photos, but it seems like she’s thinking, “Just take the damn pictures and get out of my face—I’m already 6 minutes behind schedule”. Know what I mean?

  6. Camille says:

    She doesn’t sell magazines. Why is she on the cover?

  7. chops says:

    If this wasn’t tagged ‘Reese Witherspoon’ I wouldn’t know this was Reese Witherspoon

    • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

      Nope. She looks like a twin of Brooklyn Decker in half of these photos.

      • Arvedia says:

        I don’t recognize her at all, no matter how hard I stare at her. Is that Photohop or did she have something done to her face?

  8. imabrat says:

    I am so sick of Photoshop People.

    • skuddles says:

      I so hear you. Just saw recent pap pics of her on a beach and she doesn’t look anywhere near as good as this – pot belly and cellulite thighs.

      • Sab says:

        I saw those pics too! All while looking at these pics I was thinking about those “candid” shots, and couldn’t help but think that if she’s trying to sell this Photoshop version of herself, she better learn to not leave the house cuz it’s just not there IRL…not even close. Pretty yes. Sexxxay?? Oh heck NO! Haha!

  9. annaloo. says:

    Aww… I think she looks great, and the girl is one of the few actresses in hollywood that doesn’t turn my stomach. I’m passing on slamming her.

    • Tiffany says:

      I agree. All of this hate is ABSURD. She might look cute to you, but she is human and I am sure has a sexual side. I hate the idea that because a woman looks “cute”, other women have to try and insult her and treat her as if she is a little girl. She is a woman, she looks great. Most guys think cute IS hot (see Mila Kunis, Jennifer Aniston, etc.)

  10. Swedish Chef says:

    Front cover almost looks like she’s ripping off Taylor Momsen (whatever happened to her anyway?).

    • Cherry Rose says:

      It’s simple. Once Taylor Momsen turned 18 her whole jail bait act ended, and because that was the only reason many blogs posted about her, the interest in her is gone.

      She’s not really that big of a star, and because she’s in the rock scene, and not the pop, she doesn’t get coverage anymore.

  11. Drea says:

    She looks a bit like one of the Olsen twins to me in the cover photo.

    • Erinn says:

      I went between Olsen and Underwood- definitely doesn’t look like Reese though.

    • Sillyone says:

      That is exactly who I thought it was on the cover one of those Olson twin girls.

    • samira677 says:

      Agree that she looks like a cross between the Olsen twins and Carrie Underwood. Photoshopping has gotten out of hand the last 5 years or so. I don’t think she makes $15-20 million anymore. That was for the first couple of years after Legally Blonde and winning the Oscar. I can’t think of any hit movies she’s had except Four Christmases.

      • Mia says:

        Remember Sweet Home Alabama? Well at least I do..with Josh Lucas and Patrick Dempsey…mmm haha

      • emma says:

        Water for Elephants did well but she wasn’t paid $15m for that. Variety lists her salary for that movie at $3m.

  12. Jackson says:

    I thought that cover pic was Carrie Underwood. I think Reese looks especially beautiful in the last pic where she’s wearing black. On the article….IDK, I don’t get this ditzy, sexy vibe from it, or from the photo shoot….it’s just a photo shoot. I’m not sure it signals some quantum shift in how RW wants to be perceived. It’s just a different look for her. I guess we’ll see if she changes her day-to-day and red carpet style but i doubt it.

  13. Franny says:

    why didn’t they use any of the other pictures as the cover picture? the cover picture is insanely bad. weird upside down cat eye, flat hair, and some weird grandma bathing suit is not cute.

    • Girl says:

      Agreed. She looks kind of rough on the cover.

      • Esmom says:

        I’m with ya. Not a flattering look at all. She should never attempt the black eyeliner again.

        But to be fair, as someone else pointed out, I doubt if it’s a calculated move on her part. It’s just some stylist trying to do something different and unexpected. Guess it worked!

  14. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Oh jeez not My Tom Hardy! Why would he do a crappy movie with R. Witherspoon? Damn, I just got done saying that I would see any movie with Tom Hardy in it. Now I’m going to have to retract that statement.

  15. Shelly says:

    I like Reese and think the photos are beautiful.

    • Nugget says:

      Thank You! I thought I was the only person who actually thinks she seems like a decent person who isnt totally & completely concerned about her public image. Not to mention she’s BEAUTIFUL! I’m glad she found love after that cheating tardo. I don’t know how a person can dislike Reese Witherspoon. She doesn’t do anything.

  16. Jules says:

    She has too much eye makeup on, and it looks really ridiculous on HER. (I think someone else could prob pull it off.)

    Fave line: “She’s an anal retentive hard ass. Own it.”

  17. Meg says:

    I like your comment about how sexy girls maybe aren’t supposed to know money-i wonder if that’s what it is. being intelligent may seem the wrong image for reese, which is screwed up in my opinion.
    but don’t forget this girl dated mark wahlberg and got pregnant very young after dating ryan phillipe for a short time, i thinks she plays this sweet rated G version of herself to seem more appealing to mass audiences.

    • Carolyn says:

      Non-gossip types who aren’t aware how calculated and A type Reese is would like this cover. I just don’t buy her as sexy at all. Two “hot guys” wouldn’t be fighting over her. She’s not a good actress. Zzzz. Yes this cover is photoshopped to oblivion.

  18. Tiffany27 says:

    Its Chris Pine not Chris Evans. How embarrassing for Pine.

  19. Melanie says:

    I loved her in sweet home Alabama. As a Nashville girl I’m excited to see her make movies focused on the south. I don’t think she will portray southern women as churched up hayseeds

    • brin says:

      Me too (and bless her heart)!

    • Lindy says:

      Hear, hear! I love her, actually. And I think she’s looking great in the photo shoot. Yes, she’s probably pretty type A from all we have heard over the years, but it’s also possible that she has mellowed a bit, too. I have always been a super type A, overachieving Southern girl, but once I had a kid, I kind of *had* to chill out a little, because there was no way I could juggle everything quite as smoothly. I think maybe Reese has done the same thing. I don’t see this as a fake move.

  20. NotaBitterBetty says:

    Mr and Mrs Smith with dating? And presumably Reese in the Angelina-esque role? How laughable. I wonder if that’s how the movie was pitched to her and she thinks this will be her big ‘sex-bomb’ moment.

  21. Julie says:

    Doesn’t even resemble her. And ditto to all of Kaiser’s comments.

  22. Tina says:

    Sometimes it’s hard for me to get past the chin. But she is a good actress and business woman. I can’t hate on her.

  23. ab says:

    I don’t know, this reads like a pretty benign interview to me. I’m not getting any push of forced sexiness or fake humility. reese has never bothered me as a celebrity. I like her, maybe because she’s never given me a reason not to.

    • Trek Girl says:

      I agree with you. I don’t think anything in the article can accurately be described as “beachy sexpot ditz”, or anything near it.

      She answered the questions well, I learned some new things about her in regard to the divorce, as well as her new husband, and she was not boring or trying too hard, at least not that I read. It was light and honest – a good interview.

      • Carol says:

        I don’t have a problem with this interview at all. I also read her comments about money not as she’s too sexy to understand it, but that she’s still embarrassed by how much she makes. I think I’ve heard her talk before about her parents and family and how hard they work and how strange it is that what she does is so lucrative. I find that refreshing, frankly. I also like her as an actress.

  24. Suzy from Ontario says:

    This look just doesn’t work for her, especially as the Mom of two kids who aren’t babies anymore. I also think casting her opposite Rob Pattison in that Elephant circus movie was weird and I think casting her in This Means War as the woman two men are fighting over is absurd. I’m an older woman myself, and I’m not anti-older women being sexy and leads in good movies, but these types of roles, especially this last one, should’ve gone to a young gorgeous actress in her early twenties. I’m sorry, but I just don’t see Reese inspiring competition between two hot male spies. She should be going for richer, more demanding mature roles as she ages, and instead it feels like she’s trying to pretend she’s still 21. Just doesn’t wash for me. Women can be sexy and powerful as they age, but so many ruin it when they try to be like sex-kittens. Leave that to Rosie Huntingtons and Megan Fox girls and look towards someone like Meryl Streep for inspiration. That’s my advice.

    • Abby says:

      To be fair, Water For Elephants stayed true to the book as fas as the age difference. He WAS going after an older woman, so it fit. :-)

      • Heather M says:

        Yeah, but I think Suzy from Ontario is correct in that *even though* Water For Elephants was about a younger male going after an older female, Reese is not your typical “sexy older female” (think-Diane Lane).

        I mean, I found Keanu Reeves and Diane Keaton more believable as a couple (Something’s Gotta Give) than I found Rob P and Reese in WFE, and it ruined that movie for me. I just do NOT find her to be “sexy,” for whatever reason. Apparently I am not alone. Attractive? Yes. Sexy? No. So the older woman sexy was not going to work–especially since they had ZERO chemistry together.

      • emma says:

        No, I think Reese’s character as about 21-23 in the book so not much older. I think they wanted an older actress to match Christoph Waltz’s age and Rob can play older so they made it work. I thought the chemistry in the movie was fine but it would have worked much better with a sexier actress. Reese Witherspoon just doesn’t scream sex appeal. She seems asexual.

    • Original Chloe says:

      “I’m sorry, but I just don’t see Reese inspiring competition between two hot male spies.”

      My thoughts exactly.
      All of this feels slightly forced.

      • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

        Agreed. Maybe for Rachel Weisz or Diane Kruger..but RW? NO. Just no.

      • Isa says:

        I think a woman her age could pull off the role with no problem, if she were actually sexy. That’s the problem here. I jut can’t imagine Reese inspiring two men to fight over her.

      • Eileen says:

        ITA-she’s cute but to have two hot guys foaming over her. Meh…not buying it.

    • kristiner says:

      The fact that, OLD, 42 year old Jennifer Aniston gets these ditzy, sexpot roles is ridiculous.

      I’m sure JA was gunning hard for this movie.

      I’m not saying 42 is old. Well it IS in Hollywood. BUT JA, plays these roles that a under 30s should be playing. Are there no Cali beach blond girls to play in all these romcoms?

      Reese may be wrong for this kind of look but she’s more believable. She has two kids yes but at least she’s not OVER 40 trying to act 27 like Jennifer Aniston. I’d rather see a 35 year old mother of 2 in this kind of role than a 42 year old women.

  25. Marjalane says:

    At least they photoshopped some of the point out of her chin- and yeah, the first thing that came to my mind as well- Chelsea Handler. Hard to pull off that hot, beachy look after 35.

  26. gail says:

    I have nothing against Reese now, but I miss the Reese that starred in Election & Freeway – she was such an interesting & daring actress during that period of her career.

  27. Erinn says:

    PUT DOWN THE EYELINER REESE.

    God those cat eyes do nothing for her. Her makeup usually looks so nice, too.

  28. TG says:

    I have always liked Reese and I don’t mind a type A personality. There is nothing wrong with a strong woman who knows what she wants. Much prefer that to the vapid Alba’s of the world. That being said I have been disappointed in her movies lately. She had zero chemistry with Vince Vaughn and none with the guys on that stupid softball movie and how can anyone not have chemistry with the delightful Owen Wilson. I won’t watch the Elephant movie because I read the book and I do not want to watch an elephant being abused reading it was bad enough.

    So maybe the pot she is smoking with Chelsey and Jen will mellow her enough to have chemistry with these leading men.

  29. Kasey says:

    WHY is she looking like a cross between an Olsen twin and Chelsea Handler? Whatever’s going on here, I’m not liking this look.

    • lisa says:

      Why is it that all the blond women that hang with Handler star to look like her.

      Reese, Jenny McCarthy and even Jennifer Aniston..

      what the hell kind of beast is that woman.

  30. lisa says:

    the pictures are not bad. Don’t like the cover that much.

    but why is it so important for women that are not sexy to be perceived as sexy. Reese is a good actress for the movies she does. But she is not sexy. That was never the image she built. Now because she is in a movie about two men fighting over her we are suppose to now see her as this sexy vixen that would drive two younger men insane and have them basically trying to kill each other to win her as the prize.

    OK.. but I don’t buy it and not sure the audience will either. Every woman is not sexy. Nothing wrong with that. some have their sexy moments, but doesn’t mean that much. Reese has never been seen as sexy and I don’t see that changing. Just like her saying she want to be an Action Star or such. WHY. if that was what you wanted then she should have mixed it up more in her career. I’m not saying she is old because she is not. But she established the way she wanted to be seen. hard to put that genie back in the bottle now.

    • MaiGirl says:

      That is such a good point! I thought the same thing a few years back when the proliferation of lad mags like Details and Stuff and their soft-porny photo shoots was just starting. At that point, serious actresses seemed to feel that they had to do these things to compete. Also, we are so seriously confused between sexy and good-looking in Western society. I find her face both pointy and doughy, but I can see how someone might find her good-looking, but not sexy. Sexy requires a sensuality she simply does not have.

  31. LA says:

    She looks really like Brittany Snow in those pictures.

  32. SEF says:

    “So why the fake humility. . .?”

    If she didn’t try to seem humble, you’d be all over her about that, too. She can’t win! I say leave her be.

  33. Amanda says:

    Doesn’t look like her at all.

  34. kazoo says:

    Well her body is pretty gross (unairbrushed body, of course) so she should re-think the wannabe sexy route.

  35. Peachy says:

    Lumpy sticky sand, messy hair blowing in eyes, smudgy makeup…

    I think I can hear her hyper-ventilating from here!

  36. Embee says:

    She didn’t say she did not understand how much money she makes, she said it embarassed her to make $15-20m a film. And that is understandable. When someone helped her put it into perspective and she connected her salary to doing good, then she was able to find some peace in it. She sounds humble and generous.

    As for her understanding her worth as a human and a woman, good for her. She should.

    • Green_Eyes says:

      Reece is a college graduate and a business woman. To think it takes someone else to point out to her how many people she helps keep employed and that she shouldn’t be embarrassed…well I think should be an embarrassment. It sounds fake, as if she is trying too hard to play into the sexy dumb blond image. Doesn’t sound naive…. She is shrewd or she wouldn’t have 9 movies under her Companies belt so own it. She can be humble w/o playing the “wow thanks for putting it into perspective” card.
      That doesn’t make it seem humble… I actually love Reece…well the old Reece. A couple of her latest movie choices made me question what was she thinking, the script had to seem as boring as the movies. Oh wait! On second thought maybe she did need her worth in regards to helping others pointed out!

      • taksi says:

        Reese went to Stanford for a time but she did not graduate.

        She’s not sexy but is someone who let themselves get knocked up by Ryan Phillippe really that uptight?

        Before she became “America’s Sweetheart” she was in some pretty risque movies, e.g. “Fear” with Mark Wahlberg. I don’t think she’s faking it, this is a side of her that she maybe wasn’t as in touch with before or kept hidden.

  37. Jayna says:

    So she has to stay in the box people put her in? You go, Reese. You aren’t the same person you were early twenties and women to come more into their sexuality by thirty.

  38. Kimbob says:

    I do agree w/Kaiser’s assessment of Reese’s faux ditzy-sexy girl character that she’s rolled out and trying on for size for the benefit of “This Means War,” & possibly for further future use. I can confidently say this new demeanor/personality/whatever she’s trying on…well, it needs to be shelved! It’s not a good “role” for her, & saavy celeb critics that we are..we know better. So, I’m joining in on the chorus of, “Reese babe, give it up…let it GO, girl.” Geez!

    Reese’s makeup for the Elle mag cover…it looks like Raccoon McPantless was her stylist. WAY too much eyeliner….good Gawd!

    That being said, I like the eyeliner & makeup in the other shots…it was way more subdued, & my humble opinion is that Reese is way overdue for a change of style. However, “beach girl” does need to be shelved, and she should go for a more sophisticated, uptown look. Reese is growing older, so the cutesy southern girl style/demeanor, I feel, has worn out its’ welcome w/me. After all, Reese may have roots in the South, but let’s face it…she’s a Hollywood person now…what w/her production company and all. She needs to aim for a more saavy-sophisicate uptown woman image.

    • Green_Eyes says:

      Whole heartedly agree! Now an uptown southern woman can be sexy and classy! Plus help her career in the long term.. As aging blonde beach babes have shelf life’s. Gena Rowland is a perfect example of a southern woman being sexy and classy well into her golden years w/o going the beachy babe (those of her era and there were plenty). Now that is a Reece that I think would seem more relevant and unforgettable. This look is too generic in Hollywood anymore…Handler, McCarthy, Aniston, Anderson, The Olsen Twins, Underwood. At a certian point it looks pathetic not sexy… Have too many wanna be women in my hometown that are examples of how bad that looks as they get older. It doesn’t make one stand out…it makes them blend in w/ the pack… So If Reece is smart….she’ll drop this look and go the classy n sassy sophisticated southern route…not the sexpot generic look.

  39. lucy2 says:

    I’ve always liked her. She seems like a decent, hard working person (as hard as anyone can work in Hollywood).
    I do think her recent films have been disappointments (though I liked Water for Elephants and that ended up doing well) and she’d be better served to avoid the rom-coms and look for more interesting, smaller films. But at the same time, if people are willing to pay her what they are, I almost can’t blame her.

  40. NO SH¡T says:

    If you are sexy, you’re sexy you don’t have to try to be it. Reese just let your work do your talking to sexy beach bum look is not you so stop!

    • sharylmj says:

      AGREE!!!! don’t bring sexy if you don’t have sexy… just be the smart, energetic person that you are. I really like Reese, but not THIS Reese!!!

  41. guest says:

    Firstly, its not as if women are either sexy or unsexy. Black or white. That’s ridiculous. Reese is somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, to me, she’s not sofia vergara, nor is she say rosie o’donnell. Your average guy may not fantasize about her, but he’d def hit that. Stop trying to make all women fit into pre-defined stereotype boxes.

    Secondly, I think she’s pandering to women here, not men. Its elle magazine. Sexiness as in comfort w/ your body and improved body image after motherhood and in your 30s. That’s definitely for the minivan majority. Its an obvious pander, but reese is a good businesswoman. I like her (though not most of her recent movies).

  42. Original Bee says:

    Reese is not the fun crazy girl you want to get drunk at a bar with. She’s the girl you want to help organize your closet, plan your dinner party, find a career path, give advice on how to discipline your kids, co-sign a loan, etc. Basically, she’s the head b*tch in charge, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I wonder if someone told her she needed to be softer and more relatable. Hence the photoshoot and the (Money? What’s that?) response. I hate when actresses are forced to either dumb down or sex up in order to become “accessible” to the public. She is who she is.

  43. Sasha says:

    Hmm, I like Reese but I don’t like this ‘SEXY Reese’ they’re pushing. I like the Legally Blonde Reese who is sexy when she’s being a dork.

    And I’m sick of blonde beach hair. Put a comb through it! Ugh!

  44. Ash says:

    Reese please make new friends. You don’t need that idiot Chelsea. And don’t try so hard.

  45. Bermuda Blues says:

    Weird. “All my best friends are moms” doesn’t really go hand in hand with Chelsea Handler, and Jennifer Aniston’s 40th birthday party.

    Interview was entirely forced publicity to project and image that can sell *This Means War* – which it won’t. Reese Witherspoon can do romantic comedies, but she needs to play closer to what she is, a workaholic, type-A & 30something mother. She was great as Tracy Flick and Elle Woods. Reese has a cunning sort of face, she looks smart, something about the way she sets her jaw and narrows her eyes. Its not “sexy” it still looks like she’s evaluating her circumstances and deciding what her next move should be. Here’s a clue Reese, it shouldn’t be *dumb, hot chick who super assassins try to kill each other over*

    Her film is going to b.o.m.b. This hard up push for pubilcity confirms what we all suspected: Reese made dinner tonight and its shit served warm.

    Even the Mr.&Mrs. Smith comment, in the same interview as an Aniston bomb. This is a hard up push for publicity. Behold the UNHOLY TRIANGLE!

    • clare says:

      You said what I think.
      And I’m still mad at the waste of my dollars spent at the Redbox to see “How Do You Know”, “Just Like Heaven”, and “Four Christmases.” Stinkers, all!

  46. NeoCleo says:

    She looks like the Olsen Twins.

    • Kel says:

      I agree. I was thinking Ashley Olsen or Carrie Underwood. We’ll see if it’s just for the benefit of the article or if this is a real change for her. I just hope she doesn’t go the way of Meg Ryan to rid herself of her ‘sweetheart’ image.

  47. Sumodo1 says:

    Reese apparently doesn’t want “mom roles” yet, so there’s this monstrous Elle layout. All of her best friends are moms? Handler’s not a mom, unless you count Chuey.

  48. This whole thing just feels forced and wrong.

  49. Heather M (Heather) says:

    Major hair extensions!

  50. taxi says:

    With the overdone eyeliner & the photoshopping, it looks like she’s had some tweaking to her eyes & cheeks. Not recognizable as Reese without a nametag.

  51. Loralei says:

    I don’t know who that is on the cover. Could she could be the woman who used to call herself Reese Witherspoon? The chin sorta looks like hers. Looks like she got photo shopped right out of existence. 

  52. Lindsey G. says:

    Chelsea Handler AND Jennifer Anniston? It’s like Reese is telling me personally to discontinue liking her.

  53. mika says:

    Someone hasn’t read the Odyssey.

  54. mln76 says:

    Ok I gotta be the one to say this is what she really looks like on the beach…

    http://laineygossip.com/Articles/Celebrity/125/Details/22242/Reese-Witherspoon-spends-first-Christmas-as-Mrs-Toth-in-Hawaii
    Not terrible but definitely not the sexiest woman ever worthy of a Pine-Hardy sandwich.

    • lw says:

      WORD. She ain’t butt ugly (even though I have a personal aversion to that chin), but in “real life” she looks like just what she is, the mom of two elementary school age children.

      • Green_Eyes says:

        She Does look great for her age and being a mom of 2. She also has that Lil pooch as my sis does courtesy of her last child (drives her crazy.. Give Reese points for no lipo). But wow did they airbrush and photoshop to death on the Elle photos!

    • kazoo says:

      LOLOLOL. Her body is…not good. I’m sorry. But no.

  55. hatsumomo says:

    Wow, the top header photo looks interesting with the brown eye-liner and dress. And no, this image isnt working for her. she dosent even look remotely like herself.

  56. Beatrice says:

    The truth be told, Reese just isn’t that interesting… Moving on.

  57. amy says:

    she better hope this wonderful man with character sticks. She is really slamming her exs basically saying they have no character and didn’t want to love her and take care of her every single day. Who could blame them! I wonder how long until this guy runs for the hills.

    • Green_Eyes says:

      I just love how people that have only been married a few yrs or less (especially less than their previous marriage) give advise or reasons as to how their marriage is soooo successful. When they reach a 17 yr mark…. We can compare reasons!

  58. Amanda G says:

    I will never associate “sexy” with Reese. She lacks chemistry with her leading men. I cringed when I saw Water For Elephants and Four Christmas’.

  59. Happy21 says:

    I love Reese. Have for as long as I can remember but she is not the sexy vamp that she is either trying to be or is being told to be. She quite simply is the girl next door/America’s sweetheart, whatever! I am not going to post anything bad because she’s my fave and I can’t.

  60. anons says:

    she’s cute but the eye makeup looks whorendous.

  61. ruby says:

    Reese is not sexy or that beautiful. She’s ok, but nothing special (her chin bugs me…). The photoshoot and interview are way too try-hard. They end up sounding very fake and unappealing. And the whole “I didn’t realize how much I was earning”… Bitch, please.

  62. alibeebee says:

    ugh she is not sexy .. in that vamp way she has a quality about her and that’s great but not a sexpot. sorry… also this trend of putting actresses on the cover.. Whatever happened to The supermodel?! you know putting models on the cover who can pose for a photo? all these actresses and music peeps look lame.. they don’t know their best angles they all try to to this open mouth lip biting sexy sex pose and they have no necks and the makeup and styling on reese for the cover horrible! what’s with the eye makeup?! i remember when elle and vogue put a model or a woman who knew how to pose and could smise at you without this open mouth “sexy” look arghhhhh i hit the wall.. blech!

  63. Elizabeth says:

    I like Reese as an actress and I like what she’s done in her career. But she is approaching Meg Ryan territory – i.e. too old to play cute in a rom-com. So now what? I think Reese is way more talented than say Kate Hudson who can’t even seem to get rom-coms right anymore. But the acting may have run its course and maybe its time to move behind the camera and/or work exclusively with her production company. The $15-$20 million days may be ending soon. And for goodness sake, stay away from Chelsea Handler!

    • lisa says:

      I agree with the Meg Ryan comparison. Meg was the ultimate cutie pie. And beyond that people could not see her being or doing anything else. Not fair but there you go. I think Reese and a few others fall in that category.

      Regarding Handler.. TOO LATE. she is in the movie too, so we are going to get her mug front and center during the promotion. Lots of giggly girly talk about drinking and hanging out. How they all love love each other to death.

      I’m feeling sick. I won’t be seeing this film now. Ugh I just can no stand Handler, and losing all the bit of respect I had for the people that hang out with her.

      I know some think she is a riot. I don’t find her funny at all and would never pay a penny to see any movie she is in. EVER.

  64. Alejandro says:

    She’s trying so hard. She has a movie to promote where the premise is two supposedly hot guys fighting over her but it’s not believable and those recent candids of her in a bathing suit aren’t helping.

  65. Camille says:

    That’s an awful cover and the photos are not good either.

    Reese lost me as a fan last year and this interview has only backed that up for me.

  66. Boo says:

    I like Reese and consider her the anti-Lohan. She works hard, acts responsibly both personally and professionally, and she makes some good movies. I don’t think she was acting clueless about how much money she makes–she was trying to appear humble about the obscene amount of money she makes for doing what she does. I can imagine someone–again, the anti_lohan–feeling embarrassed about earning THAT much money for doing something that probably isn’t all that hard for her to do…and feeling perhaps a bit guilty about it when she sees teachers and nurses working so hard for so little money. I think the whole money thing was an attempt to connect with her readers who do not make 15 million a movie. If it didn’t work, well, then, she tried, at least, to sound human and down to earth.

  67. HadleyB says:

    Her hair is fabu. The make up artist should be shot for the this job though..horrid.

    I don’t think she deserves that much per film.. I rarely ever see her in a film that she has good chemistry with besides another woman though. It’s odd..almost Julie Roberts of her I guess.. they fail at good acting with a male co-star when it’s suppose to be romantic.

  68. Katie says:

    I love her. Say what you will about her being fake. I have loved her since Election and always will. I do not, however, love this photo shoot. She’s much too old to be acting like an over sexed teenager.

  69. Amy says:

    She’s channelling Emilie de Ravin on “Lost” in this shoot.

  70. DavidBowie says:

    So NOT sexy but I love her dress in the last picture.

  71. Riri says:

    She is very pretty and she does look sexy in the last picture.

    I am happy she found love after all the suffering she had to go through with that horrible husband she had.

    Surviving that with 2 kids and finding love again- I have nothing but praise for her.

  72. GlitterTrauma says:

    Totally co-sign the her looking like an Olsen twin on the cover comments.. But in the bottom pics I actually think she looks like Kesha! Surprised no one else has said that! Not Reese’s finest hour, bless her!!

  73. testingtona says:

    caught Cruel Intention on cable the other day…who’d have thought after seeing that that Reese would end up an Oscar winner making $15 Million and that Sarah Michelle Gellar would end up on a worse rated show than Buffy.

  74. I actually really like the photoshoot. I didn’t make it through the interview, though.

  75. Meadowlark says:

    LOL @ “Current husband”.. funny implication.

    I do not care for this woman and her weird conservative republican-approved sex appeal. I will never forget the slut-shaming she did during that crackerjack acceptance speech!

    • Guesty says:

      Yup. Reese is a mean woman, and I doubt she’s anywhere nearly as comfortable with women who are comfortable with their sexuality as she’d pretend. Congratulations, Jim Toth? Your wife seems really fun!

      I can’t get over the photoshopping. Even by celebrity magazine standards, this is nuts – getting to Kelly Clarkson on Self standards. Reese has tragic tattoos over her hips, and a shape that belies her endless pap shots on the way to Physique 57 classes.

  76. whatevs says:

    is that photoshop or did she get something done to her face?

  77. Nancypie says:

    LOL that story about how she met her husband totally sounds like a classic bar pick-up scam; one guy acts like a total jerk so that the other guy can step in to be charming.

    I think she looks great in the pics, but now that I’ve seen the candids, i’m disappointed in her for allowing herself to be so super photoshopped.

  78. Olli says:

    Terribly fake personality – never really liked her. Not such a great actress either.

  79. DarkEmpress says:

    I like her a lot. I have been a fan of hers since “Election”. Type As for the win!

  80. JaneWonderfalls says:

    I think every last one of you are reading way to much into the article, I read the whole thing and saw nothing wrong or dumb about it. As far as her being sex pot, she looks great in these photos and she’s probably starting to feel more comfortable with herself. I understand how some articles can drive you bonkers but to make a big deal about this is just ridiculous and women just being petty.

  81. Mara says:

    I like her movies she is a good actress but she is not sexy just cute not all women are sexy .

  82. SloresNsorez says:

    I like reese.. But yes the betch needs to own her sheit, quit w/ the oh im embarrassed bs cuz no one likes fake.

  83. midnightmoon says:

    I’ve seen recent tab photos of Reese sh*t-faced drunk, leaving some restaurant w/Jim Thoth. Makes me wonder how happy she really is with herself. I think (as always) that the pressure must be so intense. Even the great ones, the really talented ones, lose their cool. She was a very strong contender to follow in La Streep’s footsteps. Then skidded off the rails. Feel kinda sorry for her, but with her bitch-ass ‘tude, not so much. That last photo is so ‘shopped, she’s half a human. If it wasn’t her, I’d think ‘whoever’ looks ‘okay’ bit since it’s her, it’s a MEGAfail. Grow up Reese! Grow up!?

  84. emma says:

    I don’t see anything wrong with the interview or pictures. She can’t look the same all the time and she’s playing someone that men would fight over in her next movie so it make sense if she dresses accordingly on her photo shoots. I think when you’re not a fan of someone, anything they do takes on a negative connotation. Everything here seems fine to me.

  85. reeda redneck says:

    lovechild of an Olsen Twin and Jenny mcCarthy

  86. bk says:

    She looks like Kesha, especially in the second to last pic, and especially with all the eyeliner they used. Why would she agree to this look?? Is she considering a role in a Kesha biopic?

  87. Ravensdaughter says:

    She looks like a third Olsen twin…
    She was sexy as June Carter Cash–go way way back to one of CB’s first posts. Maybe being a Steel Magnolia wasn’t such a stretch.

  88. Shan says:

    I don’t mind Reese, but I do find it offensive that some woman had to put the amount of money she makes in perspective to help her feel better about it, or less embarrassed? That’s just insulting. Yes, the movies she starts in employ everyone from food service to engineering firms to photography, but many of those people are still very much underpaid and I’m sure work much harder than she. 15-20 Million dollars?? That’s just disgusting – for any actor or actress. If actors were paid a quarter of what they are now they would still employ a ton of people, and perhaps those people would receive better pay. I’m so tired of actors pretending money makes them uncomfortable or trying to act so humble – especially when at the end of the day they certainly aren’t offering to work for less.

  89. mollination says:

    This is the dumbest article header ever. For so many reasons.

  90. Amy Lynn Hunt says:

    Beautiful pix, she looks great. Seems happy in her new marriage. All the best to her, and when the karma comes around and hits most of you jerks in the butt, i will laaaaaaugh!