Pictures of Reese Witherspoon in May 2011 Elle UK

Newlywed Reese Witherspoon Opens Up About Ryan Phillippe, Dating, and Friendship in a Hot Elle UK Spread

Newlywed Reese Witherspoon Opens Up About Ryan Phillippe, Dating, and Friendship in a Hot Elle UK Spread

Reese Witherspoon got serious and sexy for the May issue of Elle UK. The cover girl and newlywed, who just shared gorgeous pictures of her wedding day, is also gearing up for this month's release of Water For Elephants. She started promoting the project with an appearance at the Academy of Country Music Awards alongside costar Robert Pattinson last night, though she was more focused on her personal life when she sat down with the magazine. She spoke exclusively to Elle UK about her first marriage, the importance of her friendships, and how happy she is not to be dating in Hollywood. You can check out the full shoot, photographed by Ben Hassett, and the interview in the May issue, which is out this Wednesday. Here are highlights:

  • On her worst trait: "I'm a worrier. I worry a lot. I'm in my head a lot and I… worry. I know it's bad for me and I know I shouldn't do it, but I do. If I said I was quiet to any one of my friends, they'd be like, 'Are you kidding me?' but I get really lost in my thoughts. I like my alone time."
  • On dating: "I think dating is inherently complicated, anyway; what I do for a living makes it even more complicated. Let's just say I'm happy to not be dating. I met a wonderful man. I feel really, really lucky."
  • On her first marriage to Ryan Phillippe: "Oh, I was so, so young. I was, like, ridiculously young. I learned a lot, though. It was a good opportunity for me to really find out what it means to be a partner and to be in a marriage and it's not anything that I thought it was. You can't say, 'I don't want to talk about that' [to your partner]. You just can't. You've got to talk about it all."
  • On her friendships: "Friendships are work. You can only have a friend if you are a friend. You've got to be there. I really want to be the person who shows up for people when they need me. The friends I do have are very, very important to me."
  • On her career: "When you make movies you have no idea what people are going to like, or if they're going to like it; if your career this year is going to be great or if next year nobody is going to want to see you in a movie. You just don’t know."

Ben Hassett / courtesy of UK ELLE