Reese Witherspoon: ‘I’m from the South – I love a good ol’-fashioned drugstore strip lash’

Reese Witherspoon takes her mom out for breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien in Brentwood

Big Little Lies 2 premieres on June 9th, and I assumed that was what Reese Witherspoon was promoting in this feature in Allure. But she doesn’t mention Big Little Lies 2. She does mention “I’m so Southern Y’ALL” in the second sentence of the interview and I’m just like… do we really have to do this, Reese? I’m from the South too and I don’t have to drop it into every single conversation as some kind of “pass” for why I’m a tacky a–hole. I would argue that I would have been a tacky a–hole even if I had grown up in Oregon. So what’s Reese’s excuse? Sorry, it just makes me mad when Reese thinks she has to “perform” her Southerness. It’s a recent thing for her too, it’s part of her celebrity-brand in the past five years. Before then, she barely talked about the South. Anyway, some highlights from this Allure interview:

Her best makeup tutorial: “My makeup artist, Molly R. Stern, taught me how to put on fake eyelashes. She hates that I put on a full strip, but I’m from the South — I love a good ol’-fashioned drugstore strip lash. I pop it on, put a little liquid liner over it, and I feel like my eyes look more open. I made a mess the first time, but then Molly showed me how to make it better. Always put liquid eyeliner over it.”

Her biggest beauty regret: “In the ’90s, we plucked our brows really thin. I said “we” — at least I did. And it just looked awful. Thank God, they grew back, but, I mean, who knows what they might look like now if I hadn’t plucked them into oblivion! ”

The never-again lipstick color: “Brown. Like, dark brown. It looked terrible, and it was immortalized on my driver’s license photo when I was 16 years old.”

Her secret for the perfect not-too-yellow, not-too-white blonde: “Her name’s Lorri Goddard. She’s been my colorist for 15 years and has taken me from blonde to red to brown, back to blonde. She’s meticulous about the balayage process and puts oil on the roots and tips so they don’t break. But it takes three hours to have my highlights done, no joke. I go every seven or eight weeks. I’m starting to get gray around the edges of my hairline. Lorri doesn’t like to call them grays, though. She says they’re ‘hyper-blondes.'”

Her vitamin regimen: “Prenatals. One of my girlfriends told me she takes them even though she’s not pregnant, so now I do, too. It makes my hair look better.”

Why she enjoys aging: “I have a point of view because I’ve been on this planet for 43 years, and I didn’t feel that same way when I was 25. I didn’t have the same things to say. I’m 43 and I’ve had a whole bunch of experiences, and I can speak with a thoughtfulness about the changes I’d like to see in the world, and…I just feel like I earned that gray hair and my fine lines. I like ’em. I so prefer 43 to 25.”

The last product she finished: “Probably bath salts. I mix the Goop ones with plain Epsom salts. I’ve been taking a bath every night for the past four years. It’s changed the way I sleep and the way I feel when I wake up — takes away all aches and pains. I also read so many books in the bath. They’re the antidote to self-involvement. Escaping to a different world and thinking about other people’s realities is really therapeutic for me.”

[From Allure]

I’m closer to 43 than 25 and let me tell you… even though my 25 sucked at the time, I would take that over what is happening to me now. I didn’t know how lucky I was back then with my 25-year-old knees and feet and shoulders. Whenever someone in their 40s is like “I prefer this to my 20s,” I’m always like “bitch, you lie.” I guess we have to say something positive about it though, it’s not like we can change it. As for what she says about blonde and grey hair… I thought the “hyper-blonde” euphemism was funny, and I agree, her colorist knows her sh-t. Reese has always had a great blonde.

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  1. The Dot says:

    Eh, I think she mentions her southern roots more now that she has that lifestyle brand, but she definitely talked before about being from the south, the importance of writing thank you notes, and how some of her best friends are still in Tennessee. I remember an article way, way back—probably around Legally Blonde days—in which the magazine’s editor mentioned that Reese wrote “thank you” notes to everyone involved in the shoot, including food services. I don’t think it’s all down to an act, maybe she’s just being more open about it?

    Also…I grew up in the south and no longer live there. Saying, “I’m southern, I guess we do things differently,” is an easy way to get rid of unwanted questions.

    • Steff says:

      Hasn’t she lived most of her life in Los Angeles by now?

      • The Dot says:

        She spent her early and teenage years in Tennessee. Is she supposed to just forget about her roots because she moved away?

      • Raina says:

        Yeah came here to say that you’re not JUST from the South anymore. Not JUST some southern awe-shucks girl anymore. I knew she went full Hollywood when she told the police officer off …the typical do-you-know-who-I-am.
        She is some rich debutante that got famous early and rode on wave after wave of entitlement. I’ll give you that she is scrappy and smart, sure, but enough with this lil ol southern gal shit act.
        Some actors, I wish they would STFU so I could continue enjoying their work without the distraction of their personality.
        I actually liked Big little lies. She played herself, I imagine. It was interesting.
        But, I don’t wanna hear her fake, down home, pushy rodeo woman shtick. Her type A needs to reorganize her brand. Fake AF regarding the public, this one.

      • ElleKaye says:

        She has a home in South Carolina close to Charleston.

  2. DS9 says:

    I’m nearly 38 and I prefer it to my 20s all day every day.

    My body doesn’t work the way it used to but the confidence I have in myself, my strong sense of self, the things I’ve learned about what looks best on me, what makes me happy, how to care for myself physically, emotionally, even superficially, more than makes up for the achy back, random pains, etc.

    • Sojaschnitzel says:

      Same here. I feel sooo much better. I have some health issues now, too, but I’d still take those over the chaos that is your 20es.

    • lucy2 says:

      Same here – other than some physical stuff, everything is better now than in my 20s.

    • B says:

      Same. I’m 43 & feel content and more stable, but not boring, than in my wild & crazy ’20s. Then again, I just saw a photo from my ’20s in my little bikini when I used to think flat tummies were the norm, LOL.

    • Megan says:

      I’m nearly 49 and I wish I was in my 20s! I remember what is was like to sleep through the night without a hot flash.

    • Suz says:

      I wish I could say the same. I’ve hated every day of my 30s. I feel like I’m floating in a void. No idea who I am anymore. My mid to late 20s were the happiest, most creative, most productive years of my life. I’ve heard 40s are good. Less than 3 years away from that so there’s that to look forward to.

  3. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    –Sorry, it just makes me mad when Reese thinks she has to “perform” her Southerness. It’s a recent thing for her too, —

    This is precisely why I can’t stand so many Southern celebrities. They bank on their exaggerated twang, and it makes me back shit crazy. I’m Southern and people tell me I don’t sound Southern. This is because I only break out the twang when I want to lol. It’s controllable. Y’all.

    • The Dot says:

      For you, maybe. Others can’t turn their accents on and off. Sometimes, even though I left the south a decade ago and make every attempt to avoid being seen as a bumpkin, people will comment on how I pronounce certain words or certain expressions I use. Assuming everyone is “performing their southerness” is kinda crappy actually.

      • DS9 says:

        I grew up in Jersey but I’ve been in the south since I was 20ish and I have so much of a southern accent when I’m around other southerners. I can’t help it.

        But when I bicker with my husband, also from Jersey, no southern at all.

        Accents are such a tricky thing.

      • Jess says:

        DS9, that cracks me up because my Alabama accent really comes out when I’m angry as well, or drunk. My husband says I sound more southern when I talk on the phone with people from my hometown. It just comes out I can’t help it😂

    • Monicack says:

      So if Penelope Cruz or Javier Bardem o or Sofia Vergara don’t speak with flat Midwestern accent instead of their native one then they’re pretentious?

      I’m fixin to die laughing.

      • The Dot says:

        Right?! It’s easy to take shots at southerners, right now especially. But criticizing them for using their natural accent? Absurd. “You there! Stop being who you naturally are, or I shall deem you pretentious!”

      • Monicack says:

        I love this! My southern accent is very subtle. Southerners think I’m a Yankee and Yankees don’t believe I’m from the South. But every now and then my words and especially my phrases make people say wow you must be from the south and it makes me so proud. My speech is the product of generations and I love it!

      • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

        I’m laughing with you because no, asking Sophia to cut it out is hilarious. I’m specifically targeting southern twangs cuz imma Texas girl and can turn it on thick. I realize not everyone can adjust, but you can tell when they can’t you know? It’s not bothersome at all if it’s unavoidable. I can always tell a forced and/or exaggerated ‘southerness’ lol. So yeah, when Reese carries on, I get a tic.

      • The Dot says:


        It shouldn’t be “bothersome” to you either way, really. You are literally criticizing people for talking the way they talk and not adjusting their accent to your specifications. I’m sorry, but that’s a shitty mindset.

      • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

        Of course it should Dot lol! If my boys are laying it on thick…they want something. When Reese, or anyone else, leans into it full throttle, they want something. Paula Deen can pour it on with a side of butter. Just because I can totally see this doesn’t make me shitty, it makes me aware lol. Does it ruin my days or make me angry? It makes me roll my eyes. Crikey. I meant this as a lighthearted convo on my part. Cheers.

      • Snowflake says:

        @mabs, I agree w you 15000000%. I’m from Missouri originally but am living in north Florida for going on 15 years. I thought everyone was so nice because they would be friendly when I first met them. But then I realized that the friendliness is very superficial. Actually getting to know people is much harder. I would rather someone not be as friendly upfront and then genuinely get to know m2. To me, it’s being fake. Idk.

      • The Dot says:

        In your own words, you want people to turn off their accents (southern only, I assume, as you seem to think it’s okay for Sofia to wear her accent loud and proud) and find it “bothersome” when they don’t. That’s not lighthearted, that’s straight up critical.

      • NicoleInSavannah says:

        I am from Georgia. No shite, right?! I can turn mine off too, but oh my mom can NOT and most people around me. I am a concierge and after hearing SO many different accents, I honestly don’t hear too many people accelerate that accent around here. Now I DO see and hear their fake and saccharine ‘charm’.
        And by your tone, you came out swinging. Not being very lighthearted, but the article was pretty rude so I can not bash you for that. I do remember Witherspoon talking about her Tennessee roots since The Man In The Moon and that’s been a long time.
        I like the further side of 20. My body doesn’t, but I like my fine lines, hair, skin, and mind…sometimes.

      • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

        One more time Dot, I don’t want anyone turning off their true and very real accents. Accents are endearing and cultural. They should be embraced. Every region, every nationality should be embraced and celebrated. I don’t like fake, elevated, exaggerated, hypocritical twang nonsense. I hear it all the time, and yeah, it’s annoying. Do you find duplicity annoying? Having an air of falsehood gets a check mark on the negative side from me. Many apologies to whomever finds my personal pet peeve so very offensive.

    • Becks1 says:

      Her accent doesn’t bother me. People talk how they talk and I completely get that people’s accents can also change depending on who they are around.

    • Veronica S. says:

      Your accent will also change around other people, too. While my friends know me well enough to still hear hints of the vowel drawl and the slang I use, my Southern twang is pretty much gone after years of living in the Northeast. It’ll crop back up if I’m in the South around people with strong accents, but otherwise, it’s not excessively noticeable. I highly doubt that she’s keeping up that language in LA of all places.

      Though honestly, the accent bothers me less than the “innocent, homestyle Southern Belle” performance she puts on. Not only because that image is so notoriously two-faced but because any sensible person won’t buy it – lady, we literally saw you fight with a cop over a DUI once. Ain’t nobody with brain cells fooled.

      • DS9 says:

        So do people really think sweet southern belles don’t run their mouth to the po po?

        I live in a sleepy little southern town with three traffic lights and these southern girls will tell a cop off on Saturday night and teach Sunday school the next morning.

        That rant was hella on brand for a little ol’ southern girl.

      • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

        That’s absolutely part of it as well Veronica. The feigned innocence and monumental hypocrisy that runs within the same Southern vein. Men are guilty too. That flirty, ‘Who little ‘ol me’ schtick.

      • Veronica S. says:

        Oh, they absolutely do. The reason I criticize the Southern Belle persona is that it plays into a very distinct, very *white* ideal of womanhood that’s blushing and infantile, feigning a sort of world naïveté and carefully cultivated wholesomeness that hides more complex character. It very much makes me uncomfortable in the sense that it feels highly rooted in slave plantation culture and patriarchal norms – and I say it’s specifically racialized as white because no black or non-white Southern woman could get away with this because they aren’t given the same benefit of innocence that white women are.

      • Monicack says:

        Woc here and that honeyed Belle persona is not exclusively a white space even though it has been weaponized for centuries against poc. It has gotten me out of tickets. It has made me seem “safe” in exclusive white spaces. But it also belongs to me. My mother, grandmother and great grandmother taught me that I will always live at the intersection of race, gender, class and religion. They taught me never to compromise or relinquish my agency. That mindset makes me a mystery, a thorn or a joy to my white fellow Southerners depending on who I’m dealing with. I love being me y’all.

      • Veronica S. says:

        I suppose part of the problem for me is that I mainly saw it from a white woman’s perspective while living in the South – where it was almost inherently utilized as a way of conforming to patriarchal norms or intentionally weaponized. I don’t really have a problem with POC utilizing it to their benefit – hell, grab advantage you have – but it’s definitely colored my perspective on women like Reese Witherspoon playing into it. She is certainly not a woman hurting for socioeconomic power for the most part. Your reasons for using it are very different from hers, if you get my drift.

      • Monicack says:

        Veronica S
        Very well articulated and thoughtful reply. I enjoyed reading it and thank you for sharing. As a Southern woc sometimes I feel I’m wearing a wisteria tiara and other times I feel hog-tied by it. But what you said is true and your evaluation is an excellent summation.

    • Himmiefan says:

      My sister found the twang very useful when she wanted to get a taxi in Paris. That plus being a teen got her a back, back, back seat place at Christian Dior during a fashion show.

    • Michelle says:

      I always thought it was Bat Sh*t Crazy and not Back Sh*t Crazy…

    • paranormalgirl says:

      I still have my Irish accent. It’s fainter now and it really comes out when I’m mad, but it’s there. And I’ve lived in the States since I was 19 (I’m 55 now).

  4. Becks1 says:

    OMG the southern thing drives me up the wall. We get it. You’re from the South. I feel like other people in Hollywood are from the South and it doesn’t get brought up constantly like it does with her. I assume right now its all part of the Draper James push though. (side note: I like those clothes but think they are kind of pricey. My mom got me a dress from there for mother’s day and its nice, but definitely has a boden-esque feel to it.)

    • Himmiefan says:

      I went into the store in Nashville. Sorority central. I ran back out.

    • Elkie says:

      She’s only specifically Southern when sober.

      Drunk, she’s an “American Citizen!!!”

  5. Sierra says:

    Way to advertise for Goop products..

    I like baths and take them regularly but everyday? Is it even good for your skin?

    • ByTheSea says:

      While she’s at it, maybe give Goop the name of her colorist, cause Gwyneth’s hair and color is tragic.

      • Ali says:

        Right? She needs to share her colorist and maybe those prenatal vitamins with GP.

        Reese has amazing skin.

        I live on the other side of the country now but I was born in Florida and when people say oh you’re from the south I say no I’m from Tampa lol.

        I feel like anyone can be polite and like a floral print without all the racist undertones of claiming to be “southern”.

      • Monicack says:

        You realize your comment was an offensive generalization in addition to negating the pride so many poc have in being Southern.

      • lucy2 says:

        Yeah, for all her pontificating about expensive products and health trends, Gwenyth’s hair never looks healthy.

      • Ali says:

        I am perfectly aware that lots of people, not just white people, enjoy the food, music and culture of the south.

        IMO it feels like it will always carry the baggage of/undertone of a culture that fought for slavery when WHITE people trot out “southern pride”. And, yes, I know it’s a generalization and, yes, feel free to disagree with me.

      • Monicack says:

        I continue to respectfully disagree. You can’t author the experience of every Southerner black, white or brown. Enjoying food, music etc is extremely patronizing as your rationale for why woc should be just okay with their culture and heritage. If you stop trotting out cliches and open yourself up to the experiences and voices of Southern poc you may be surprised at the nuances there. Your criticism, legit or not, can’t nullify the truths of the very people you are claiming to be advocates of.

      • Ali says:

        The whole conversation started based on cliches of southern life. Reese’s brand of southern is a cliche to me. There’s not a lot of nuance to I wear drugstore lashes, I’m so southern.

        I also never, ever said racism can only be found in the south. I said northern pride doesn’t include the confederate flag and southern pride can and does. Not always but certain for some it does.

        Look, I’m never going to see the beauty in a white person flying a confederate flag. That’s my broad stroke brush. If you felt I was being patronizing, I apologize and I’ll try and think through how my words might be taken before hitting submit next time.

        I, in no way, am saying anyone else, in any color of the rainbow, has to feel the way I feel.

      • Monicack says:

        Gaslight much?
        You add more inarguable aspects to your straw man with each new post. Because I adore flag waving Confederates right? Because I said only Southerners are racist right? Are we also going to act like the conversation didn’t diverge from the main article quite a few comments ago and became more impactful than her drugstore lashes? Smh at whitesplaining.

      • Megan says:

        I think people who are not from the South sometimes have a negative perception because of stereotypes perpetuated by the media.

        For example, when a confederate monument is being taken down, the news doesn’t show a diverse crowd of people cheering, they show the crazies waving confederate flags.

        Look at the coverage of Charlottesville. The thousands of demonstrators who showed up to support the statue removal and counter the racists were a far better representation of who lives in the South, but the racists got 99% of the news coverage. Removing a statue of Robert E. Lee in his home state is a huge deal and the positive outcomes of that are so much more newsworthy than a bunch of haters.

      • Ali says:

        Good lord. My initial comment was directed at a comment about Goop’s hair being like straw not an in-depth discussion on race.

        Nothing I’ve said has had anything to do with you or what you think or how you feel other than I used a generalization in my initial comment that rubbed you the wrong way. If you want to wear a floral print and say it’s because you’re southern you totally should.

    • Erinn says:

      It is not. I assume she’s taking pretty warm baths, and hot water and cleansers can really deplete your skin of moisture. I guess if you’re doing a bunch of catchup and adding back oils into your skin it could be okay? But I’d rather just either have a daily quick shower with a really gentle body wash, or shower every other day. Assuming you’re not getting super sweaty, you’re better off.

      But I also have a gross tub that we need to rip out and replace. It’s the most hideous weird pukey pink color and stained form hair dye. I can’t wait to gut that thing. Even still, I’m only really going to take a bath if I’m in high pain mode. I hate sitting in the tub, and I don’t regulate temperature well enough to enjoy hot soaks.

  6. Barrett says:

    I want to look/feel like a 26 year old w the wisdom of a 40 plus woman!

  7. CharliePenn says:

    I don’t think the rest of America finds “the south” as endearing as all these white female celebrities seem to think it does. In fact I find any kind of “southern pride” rather offputting at this point in American history.

    • Winnie Cooper’s Mom says:

      So now a person is not allowed to be proud of where they are from if it’s the South? What the hell? I’m Southern and I refuse to be ashamed of it. I don’t agree with the clichés that might put us in a bad light nationally sometimes, but to tell someone they shouldn’t be proud of where they come from is beyond rude and actually straight up condescending.

      • CharliePenn says:

        Winnie I’m asking sincerely, what has the south done to be proud of?
        Just because you are “from” somewhere doesn’t mean it is a place that you should be proud of. Be proud of yourSELF, in my opinion that’s what matters. Be proud of your family, if it’s a family that has resisted racism.
        I have family from Alabama and I’m not one bit proud of that family or the family’s shady history with “employing” black women in the homes for the last few generations.

      • L84Tea says:

        I’m with Winnie Cooper’s Mom. I live in the south and I feel pretty brushed off and offended by your comment. What, if you live in the south, you should automatically be ashamed and embarrassed?? Do not lump us all in together. My geographical location does not automatically make me some toothless bigot. I’m actually from New Jersey but have lived in the south since I was 4 years old, and believe me, I have met plenty of disgusting people in the northeast and various other parts of the country. Get off your high horse.

      • Raina says:

        I like me some chanel perfume; doesn’t make me French.
        It’s the leaning on old school so-called southern values that irk me. She seems fake, bless her heart.
        That said, I’m sure there are great traditions with any culture.
        But what do I know. I’m just a Yankee how hates slavery.
        Some people are so caught up on the customs that certain appalling facts are conveniently white washed or forgotten. If I were a southerner, I’d preface a LOT.
        Enjoy the good aspects of your culture. Let’s not forget the blood and suffering. Not everyone was lucky enough to swoon because they didn’t have a human slave fanning them. Get this into perspective.
        I’m Russain; still, I don’t walk around kissing Stalin’s ass.
        Fuck false pride and do what’s right. Your southern ancestors fucked up big time. No amount of watching Gone with the Wind should make you feel okay about

        plus, too many southern voters are idiots who never got over it and vote against others, not just their best interests. So pride for prides sake can eff OFF

    • Himmiefan says:

      Being from the South does not automatically mean that we approve of everything in the past. Quite the opposite.

      • DS9 says:

        I mean there are black folks in the south, are they supposed to be ashamed?

        And a good chunk of those bbq becky, permit patty, pool patrol Patricia videos are from non southern states. As are many of the police shooting videos.

        The Klan was/is everywhere. Redlining is a northern phenomenon, and northern states are just as problematic for POC by virtually every metric as southern states.

        How many non-southern states did Trump carry? How many of those 53% of white women who voted for Toupee Fiasco were southern? I’m guessing not even close to most.

      • CharliePenn says:

        DS9, I’m from a northern state. Hell yes we have major problems. I’m not proud of it, I’m not proud of where I’m from whatsoever. You have no say in where you’re born, that’s not something to be proud of.
        There is definitely an ongoing difference between the north and the south though. Three, THREE black men that I know each told me on different occasions that they will no longer travel down south because they feel totally uncomfortable and uneasy and unsafe. These guys grew up up north. They have dealt with all kinds of racist bullshit. To all of them the south IS WORSE. Does that make the northern states pristine? Absolutely not. Don’t be proud of anywhere you come from in this country, we all have a legacy of bullshit in every single state. But southern pride, to me, just really flies in the face of awareness and progress. When we make real progress, we can be proud. To be proud of somewhere just because you’re born there is a roadblock to taking a critical eye and improving.

        Just my opinions and I’m just an assho*e in general so if it bothers you please don’t take it personally. This whole country disgusts me most days anymore.

    • Emily says:

      There was and is racism all over the country, not just the south.

      • Winnie Cooper’s Mom says:

        Charlie: I’m sorry that you feel like a person isn’t allowed to have pride in where they come from. And I’m sorry to hear that you have family you don’t agree with – who just happen to be from Alabama. You do know that POC and whites are employed within homes across the country and the world?

        You asked what I have to be proud of regarding the south. I can’t sit here and list all day long, but I’m not going to cower down to someone and not speak up for some of the great attributes we have down here. Most southerners I know – speaking from a perspective of Louisiana, Mississippi & Alabama – are the most down-to-earth, hard working, give-you-the-shirt-off-their-back type people. The type of people who invite you in their home after just meeting you and offering you some sweet tea and something hot to eat. We are known for hospitality for a reason, because we put on no airs around here. Everyone is part of one big family. Not to mention, we love our SEC sports, church cookbook recipes, and sitting on the porch visiting with each other. I’m sorry for anyone who doesn’t know southerners this way. Because of our poor legislative policies and history of racism, we get a bad rep. But I encourage anyone to come eat and drink in New Orleans, and we will show you a good time!

      • Ali says:

        Yes, but a certain type of white southerner still proudly flies a racist flag and says it’s not racist, it’s just “southern pride”. There’s no northern pride built on the back of slavery.

      • DS9 says:

        As stated above, I was raised in New Jersey by northern parents but I’ve now lived in the south longer than I ever lived up north. I’m black/biracial and I’m raising two brown sons.

        Southern racism is uncomfortable because it’s so obvious. You can often feel the menace. Northern racism is trickier because it’s subtle and delusional. Racism in the north is cloaked in otherism and virulently denied, like you didn’t use or think the n word so it’s not racist that you don’t trust the kid in your neighborhood for walking while black.

        As for what is there to be proud of in the south, girl, please. We’ve got poundcake, boston butt, and bbq. We’ve got these beautiful forests and waterfalls and beaches. The south gave us New Orleans and its rollicking culture, zydeco, etc which has contributed to the growth and development of jazz and other music.

        The south also has given us most American drinks, soda, whiskey, and bourbon. Bourbon of course leads the to Kentucky derby. Kentucky leads to bluegrass and then to country music. And from there you get to Elvis who took from black music and repackaged it for white, then national, the worldwide consumption. There are a slew of southern musicians, artists, actors, and writers.

        Aside from that there is distinct beauty and grace in southern culture, in southern hospitality which is a real thing, strangers who smile at you in the grocery store, flag you.down at a traffic light to tell you your tire is flat, bring you poundcake and feed you for a week when your mama dies.

        The south has issues, sure, but anyone who says there is nothing to be proud of here is just being as closed minded and judgement as they’re accusing the south of being.

        Bless your sweet little heart and get some Jesus.

      • Anne Call says:

        Completely understand about being proud of where you are from, but my problem is that until the south starts electing democratic senators and governors they continue to push and support policies that are hurting the country. There may be racism in Massachusetts but New England is pretty solidly blue. I think that demographics will slowly start changing places like Georgia, Texas and Florida, but there’s a reason why all these draconian abortion laws are passing in southern states. As a liberal living in a state with 40 million people that feeds most of the country (and gets two damn senators) I’m sad that a senator from Alabama or Mississippi (or any red state for that matter) are pushing laws successfully that hurt immigrants and women and poor people.

    • I just read a 2017 FBI report…on the state’s with the most racist hate crimes…in descending order…#1 – California; 2 – Ohio; 3 – Massachusetts; 4 – Michigan; ; 5 – NJ; 6 – Arizona; 7 – Washington (state); 8 – Tennessee; 9 – BY and 10 – Kentucky.I
      I checked other sources…same. You obviously may Google it yourself.
      So, might be you would maybe pick up another brush to paint so broadly with.
      Emily is correct, racism is everywhere.

      • *Oops…NY, not BY!

      • DS9 says:

        Massachusetts is racist as hell and the neighborhoods are fairly racially segregated.

        Ohio still has the occasional Klan parade/rally.

        Also, believe the highest concentration of white nationalist groups are in Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana, and parts of the PNW.

        The PNW itself is problematic. They were founded as white covenant states. They aren’t predominantly white by accident.

        And I haven’t even touched redlining above the Mason Dixon that’s kept people of color in urban areas and prevented meaningful representation in government and in public policy in suburban areas, the results of which can be seen in Ferguson, MO and contributed to the death of Michael Brown and the exoneration of the man who killed him

      • Megan says:

        Of course CA has the most hate crimes, it has the most population. If you look at the prevalence of hate groups by state, the story is very different.

      • @Megan…the three stats I checked… 2 reports were per 10,000 people and one was per 20,000.
        Population of the state has nothing to do with it.
        Nor does the number of hate groups in a state.

    • Grace says:

      Me too! I associate it with a latent/subconscious, confederate loyalty, misguided or not. And, I am from the south too. There is a LOT of work to be done here. And I HATE the southern belle schtick!

    • Snowflake says:

      I agree Charlie. I have 2 neighbors with a confederate flag displayed on their property. It’s sickening and not something to be proud of. If you want to remember the old South, fine, but don’t act like it was so great and minimize the suffering of slaves. They don’t want to talk about that part. I’m a white woman and everyone I’ve encountered that displays that flag with pride has turned to be a racist. Not a coincidence imo.

    • ElleKaye says:

      Although many in the north did not believe in slavery, there were still those who did not treat others as equals. During the peak of immigration, violence erupted in cities such as New York, Philadelphia and Boston over Irish Catholic immigrants. The country as a whole has done much to its people for which it should be ashamed. No one has the corner market on sainthood.

  8. Amaryis says:

    It’s obnoxious the way she cherry picks things that are “Southern.”
    Like, I’m from the PNW & drugstore lashes are a thing here, too. I didn’t really know that there were lashes other than drugstore so……whatever Reese.

    • Erinn says:

      I mean, I’m in Nova Scotia so not at ALL southern. But some of those drugstore lashes are killer. They’ve really improved on how they make them.

      I shopped drunk on my birthday and apparently ordered a set of Velour Lashes online. Thankfully drunk Erinn bought them on a 50% off sale, so that’s great. But they’re normally $40 CAD and I hardly ever wear lashes. I’m not sure what the logic was behind the purchase, but I looked at them online and they ARE stunning. And they’re supposed to last for a long time, so I’m not devastated over it.

  9. Carol says:

    I’m a Texan living up north and get teased for both writing and saying y’all. Sometimes “I’m from the south” is more a defense than a “Hey, look at me!” statement. Having said that, I have never used fake eyelashes.

    I liked her interview. “Here’s my colorist. Here’s my make up artist. Here are my blunders.” No pretending she just woke up that way.

    I am 50+ and about 50 pounds heavier than my 20’s. I still wouldn’t go back. Some years I wouldn’t relive for all the money in the world.

    • Lady D says:

      There are some I wouldn’t relive for all the money in the world either, Carol. We are probably part of a massive group. I hope you’re doing better now.

    • Christin says:

      My mother used to say the only way she would relive her teens/20s would be if she could do so “knowing what I know now”. Even if I could go back with whatever wisdom I have since gathered, I don’t think I would do it.

  10. Maplesbass says:

    Headspace wise, I’ll take 35 over 25 but body wise? Give me my 25 yr old body now!

    • Anne says:

      I will be 35 very soon and I am taking my 35 yo body and mind over my 20s in a second. I was naive and insecure and a mess in my 20s, I am like an upgraded version of myself now honestly.

  11. Jess says:

    I’m 45 and yes, I wish I had my 25 year old body (and skin). But on the inside I’m doing so much better now, so I’ll take that. As for the bath routine – I’ve never been a bath person but I have other friends who swear by nightly ones too. If it took away some of my aches and pains and got me to read more I might consider doing it too.

    • Ali says:

      My 11 year plays a lot of sports and he’s started taking epsom salt baths for aches and pains then a friend said she adds lavender to her son’s bath to help him sleep so I tried that and he loves it. Anyway a relaxing bath can be good at any age.

  12. Jess says:

    I remember her talking about the south a lot back in the day, maybe she plays it up more lately but I don’t think it’s a new thing.

    I also love being 38 and there’s no way in hell I’d go back to my 20’s. Sure my body may have looked a little better but I was so insecure and hated myself that I never appreciated it, life was crazy and messy back then. I’m settled now and know exactly who I am, I don’t care what people think of me or my body and I enjoy life so much more, especially sex, orgasms get better and longer as I age!

  13. Veronica S. says:

    I didn’t mind my twenties, but I’m definitely more content and satisfied in my thirties. I think a lot of women are, honestly – as much as media treats female aging like anathema, our twenties are where we’re made to feel sexual objectification most keenly and consistently pressured to be thin, beautiful, and constantly performing our vanity. By your thirties, you’ve more or less settled into what you want to be and who you are, so you’re less significantly impacted by what society tells you to be.

  14. Jade says:

    The southern thing is mildly grating but I appreciate the work she does behind the scenes with her production company. She’s uplifted women works for a long time.

  15. Kath says:

    I live in NC, strip lashes are not a southern thing here. They’re an “I watch too many youtube tutorials because I wish I lived in LA” thing here.

  16. Nancypants says:

    Oh, I don’t know, Y’ALL.
    I spent years trying to get rid of my accent and I finally said, “Screw ’em.”
    I HATE MOST ACCENTS including British, New Jersey, CHICAGO, New York etc. and many folks don’t realize there is a big difference among accents in the South just as there are in the Northeast.

    That said, I have a long time customer with a Boston accent that is just funny!
    “Hey Da’lin’! Give me a nip o’ that Goldschlager!”
    And a new customer from Martha’s Vineyard and his accent is divine.
    He doesn’t have that Kennedy accent. It’s just soft and – I don’t know – masculine.

    I don’t care about Reese and her Southern thing but I can’t forget her getting in trouble and pulling the, “Don’t you know who I am???” card with the cop.

    BTW, I love Reba’s singing voice but hate to hear her speak.
    I’ve always thought it was put-on.
    She grew up not far from where I grew-up and I’ve never heard another woman sound like that.

    I miss soda fountains in drug stores. That used to be common in the South.
    You could get a grilled cheese or ham salad with chips and a cherry Coke for less than $2.00 and sample perfumes while you waited.

    If I had my choice, I’d still live in the South.

    • Christin says:

      I thought I was the only person who thinks Reba significantly exaggerated her accent. I remember interviews with her in the early 80s (pre-Narvel/Hollywood phase) and she did not sound quite so twangy as now.

      The soda fountain in drug stores comment reminded me to find out if a lunch counter still operates in a hometown pharmacy down the road from where I live. Supposedly they had a great burger. Answer: It’s still there, and are still serving short orders!

      • Nancypants says:

        We live in Colorado now and I looked up drug store soda fountain places not long ago.
        There is ONE and it’s super popular.
        It’s in Steamboat Springs which is quite a way from us but the next time I get up there, I’m eatin’ everything!

        I think those places should make a comeback.
        The one we girls went to back in Jr. High and High School was taken out by an earthquake along with most of the historic downtown area not long ago.
        Dang Fracking.

      • Christin says:

        The topic of soda fountains – lunch counters came up the other day when talking about our hometown pharmacy having much less foot traffic. Those fountains/counters could be a great way to bring in business and differentiate from the big-box drugstores. People could sit at the counter and chat.

  17. HELEN says:

    this is interesting… wish i had a bath to try it lol

    “It’s changed the way I sleep and the way I feel when I wake up — takes away all aches and pains.”

  18. Catherine says:

    THANK YOU! Ever since her husband’s DWI, the cat has been out of the bag (I’ll speak southern as an homage to Reece 😜) She’s an asshole pandering to us “poor, tacky” southerners with her sorority lewks and sorority ambitions. As a real life southerner, it is offensive and gross. I hate pandering of any sort, and she’s just GOOPing it up. Also, if Reece is so southern, then …. where is her political activism? Does she say, do anything about the bigots taking over her beloved Tennessee? Or does she just want to wear drug store eyelashes and sorority RUSH clothes and play southern?

  19. DS9 says:

    @nancypants, I’m totally with you on the variety of southern accents. An Atlanta accent is far different than Albany GA and different still than SC/Savannah low country than Alabama, etc.

    Reba is from Oklahoma, isn’t she? I recently read a debate as to whether or not you could even consider Oklahoma southern. I’d say it’s like FL, totally regional.

    • Nancypants says:

      LOL! We just had this discussion at work.
      Oklahoma is a southern state. Any state below the Mason Dixon is a southern state but it’s not just the location; it also has to do with customs, foods, accents, religion and so on.

      I always thought it weird that Maryland is a southern state. Maryland?
      Even Southern Living magazine recognizes them.

      Reba is from OK near the Texas border and you are right: I’ve lived in Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, the Florida panhandle, Georgia, S. Carolina and traveled/worked in Virginia, Louisiana, N. Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri and Arkansas.
      I think I’m leaving a state or two out. Sorry and Savannah is one of my favorite cities in the entire world.

      The accents are DIVERSE (ask a Cajun) and John Grisham (pretend boyfriend) and Morgan Freeman are from Mississippi.

      • NicoleInSavannah says:

        I am a concierge and will gladly comp you any tickets for an Old Savannah Tour the next time you are here! Apparently, this must be an act though of me offering this. I’ll give everyone tickets! Yes, ALL of our accents are different.

    • Micky says:

      I was born and raised in Louisiana, but I currently live in Mississippi. I’ve never considered Oklahoma a southern state. I lived in Norman, OK for 10 years and it just didn’t feel southern. Too dry/no humidity (my hair always looked wonderful!). To me, OK is part of the southern plains.

      The thread above about southern accents made me laugh. I never thought I had a southern twang, but when I lived in Los Angeles, I was asked constantly about my accent. And when I lived in London, I was asked a couple of times if I was Irish.

    • Nancypants says:

      NicoleinSavannah: Thank you so much! That’s very sweet of you.
      I think we’ve done all the tours but would go again.

      We’ve been to Savannah about 11 or 12 times.
      I taught some classes at Hunter Army Air Field and we sometimes rented a restored “cottage” called Nunez across the street from the Pirate House.

      We would just take off walking from the house and cover all the mansions and squares and down to River St. and so on.
      My daughter is going to secretly spread my ashes in Bonaventure. 🙂

      I have some much loved souvenirs. A handmade/handpainted bandbox, small statues of The Bird Girl and The Waving Girl, a painting of Mercer House and lots of books.

      You are very fortunate.

  20. J says:

    My stylist calls it Arctic Blonde

  21. Nina Simone says:

    Her kids look EXACTLY like her! Wow

  22. cate says:

    her awwww shucks im southern y’all schtick is getting old. we all know she’s from the south, its not news nor is it particularly interesting or charming.

  23. Meganbot2000 says:

    Oh is she from the South? I had no idea.

  24. Sila says:

    The only people I know who are complaining about age is the ones who are sick, overweight and ruined their bodies with garbage.

  25. Raina says:

    Stop defending it. Southern menace/racism is real.
    Sure it unfortunately happens elsewhere. But not as much as it fucking happens there. Stop defending and do something if you can.
    As much as I love gone with the wind…
    Scarlette was an asshole. Racism can come in all sort of “cute” or “clever” ways.

    • Regan says:

      What a hateful person you are. Did Facebook news teach you that? I’m also guessing you’ve never even been to the south and just repeat whatever ignorance others tell you. If you could read, I would tell you to seek out the reports the that confirm job growth and financial success is actually greater in the south for minorities than anywhere is the US. But that’s probably to hard for you, because then you’d have to think for yourself and let go of your hate mongering.

      • Snowflake says:

        @Reagan, I live in the South. I’m white w a mixed race husband. The South is hands down the most racist place I’ve ever lived. I’ve lived in Wisconsin, Utah, California, Missouri, Arkansas. I now live in North Florida. The blatant racism is unreal. I know, racism is everywhere but other places they hide it better. It’s more subtle. I’ve had white people say the most outrageous things to me, not knowing I’m married to a black man. The South has entirely lived up to its racist reputation imo. If you don’t like it, oh well. Like they say, the truth hurts.

  26. Nina says:

    I HATE getting older. Yes, I prefer who I am as a person now — I have the confidence to know who I am — but the physical act of aging sucks so hard. Everything hurts. Everything sags. And it just gets worse and worse. I can feel myself fading from view from society day by day and it irritates me to no end. I hate it when people tell me that I ‘look good for my age’ — it’s such a back-handed compliment.

    I wish I could be in my mid-20s for my whole life. Mind you, I don’t want to live forever; I still want that same general life space. I simply want to have the face and body of a 25 year old until I am done with this world.

    • Snowflake says:

      Girl, i hate that “look good for your age” line. Wtf does that mean? It takes the compliment away when they put that in there. Just don’t say anything if you’re gonna say it like that imo.

  27. Mere says:

    Wow, Ali sure is an asshole. I’m from a small town in the south and went to high school in the late 90s. Many of my friends and the MOST popular people growing up were Malaysian (our valedictorian), Filipino (soccer team stars), Indian (parents owned three businesses in the county), African American (track and football stars), Native American, and Hispanic and they all thrived and were damn proud to go to our school and be from the south. For you to think southern pride is a white ownership thing good or bad is f*cking outrageous and offensive.

    • Ali says:

      Mere, I’m happy for you that you grew up in a racially diverse and accepting part of the south. I didn’t.

      I did not and do not claim ownership of anything. I said, in the context of a statement made by a very white woman that liking drugstore fake eyelashes is because she’s southern, that one didn’t have to have anything to do with the other and followed it up with as a white person it makes me uncomfortable when other white people do it because it is so often, where I grew up and in my personal experience, tied to racism.

      Just say you like a floral print because you like a floral print was directed to the Reese Witherspoon’s of the world, no one else.

  28. Snowflake says:

    I miss my breasts that didn’t sag, that’s about it.

  29. Hyacinth Bucket says:

    She’s been in Hollywood since she was what, 13? 14? She needs to drop the OhsoSouthern routine.

    And I don’t believe she’s ever worn drugstore makeup in her life.

  30. manda says:

    the super southern thing: It’s actually not that recent. She was interviewed by Sassy magazine YEARS and YEARS ago, and she said then that she would turn up the southern accent at will even then

  31. Anon says:

    Dear Kaiser:

    THANK YOU for calling Witherspoon out on her “HEY YA’LL I’M SOUTHERN!” schtick. I’m also from the south (born in Georgia, raised in Oklahoma and graduated from Ole Miss) and I find it really irritating that that’s her calling card in every. single. interview.

    Look, sure she’s from somewhere in Tennessee (who cares), but let’s just do the math: She’s been in Los Angeles for probably 30 years at this point. But, she’s got tacky, expensive shit to sell based on her slim southern pedigree, so she’s gonna milk it for every dime she can squeeze from Junior Leaguers who need someone to identify with.

    Finally, for the record, I’m not paying $345 for seersucker. That’s just criminal.

  32. Jules says:

    I want that coat. That’s all I got. Seriously, can anyone ID it?

  33. Ariel says:

    Seeing others feeling bummed about aging makes me sad. Friends: You can suffer over it, or find grace through it and enjoy the ride. It really truly is a choice.

    Spoiler alert: You’re dying whether you like it or not… It’s just up to you whether you want to make the most of the time you’ve got.