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Photos and Quotes From Reese Witherspoon's Elle Magazine April Cover 2009 About Painful Divorce and Fabulous Jake Gyllenhaal

Reese Is Made of Cookies and Thinks Jake Is Fabulous

Reese Witherspoon looks fresh-faced and beautiful on the April cover of Elle. She's been busy with her charity work, and now it's time to promote Monsters vs. Aliens, which comes out at the end of March. In her interview she talks about both Ryan Phillippe and Jake Gyllenhaal, while also giving tidbits about her life as a young mother. Here are some highlights:


  • On her divorce from Ryan: "Very humiliating and very isolating . . . But, by the way, if it's not painful, maybe it wasn't the right decision to marry to begin with. Those are the appropriate emotions. When people get in your face and say, 'This will pass,' you think, Are they crazy? I’m never gonna feel any better than I feel right this minute and nothing's ever gonna make sense again. And I still have moments where I'm like, Nothing's ever gonna make sense again."
  • On Jake: "He's fabulous. He really is a fantastic guy. Unfortunately, he's not in the movie, so we can't really talk about him."
  • On her personality: "I don’t think I'm a control freak. I think I'm just fearful. I operate from a lot of fear, like, of things being lost or forgotten or neglected. Losing the spiritual rather than the physical. It's so funny to me that somehow I've been portrayed as a very, like, closed-off or uptight person. I'm very open."
  • On being a young mom: "When I first had Ava, I couldn't afford [help]. And it was so hard. I was out in Los Angeles, living [away from my family]. I really didn't have any friends. And I had a baby. No one else who was 22 had a baby. I couldn't go out."

Reese also denied that she's obsessed with her diet, saying she's "made of cookies" and "a lot of red wine," which sounds like our kind of girl.

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