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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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Vivivonpurrr Vivivonpurrr 8 years
OK....I must say....there is NOT a single Magazine out here that does NOT photoshop!!! The second pic is beautiful...we can all see she is a natural beauty....BUT....for the sake of the is a photoshopped pic!! Have you NOT seen the paparazzi photos on here everyday!! IT HAS TO BE!!!! They are not going to show a pic of her that is unphotoshopped with crust in her eyes in a magazine!! YOU guys just crack me up always thinking that celebs are just these PERFECT human beings with no scars or nothing!! THIS is what is WRONG with our soceity..always thinking these bitches are flawless! I DO LIKE Reese...but as an actress...not a model, not a friend, not an obsession!! I WILL AGREE WITH AUDRINA on this one!!
xoxbbyelliexox xoxbbyelliexox 8 years
she looks amazing in the photos. and on the cover she does look like one of the olsen twins lmao loved the interview also.
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
She's down to earth, classy, beautiful, and has her head screwed on her!
Julia28 Julia28 8 years
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
she really bothers me for some reason. can't really put my finger on it, but she drives me nuts. i am glad she is happy now though. hopefully jakey proves me wrong but actually being straight!
redchick152 redchick152 8 years
i feel like i could go up to her and just start a chit-chatting....she's so down to earth and classy. and i doubt it was her bringing up her was the interviewer.
berrypeachie berrypeachie 8 years
Saying she stinks because she doesn't take a shower everyday is kind of harsh. Sometimes people are too busy in their lives, or else there are days when you just want to relax. Sometimes I even forget or don't have time to shower. It doesn't mean I stink, it means I didn't overexert myself that day to make myself smell bad. She's a classy individual. And she has her head on straight.
xopiperxo xopiperxo 8 years
aww, she looks so pretty!
audrina audrina 8 years
These photos are totally photoshopped. I'm sorry, but I am really sick of this fake phoney PR chick. That's very gross if she doesn't take a shower every day. SHe is seen out in public all over Hollywood most days. And she doesn't care to shower or put a little makeup on to look presentable? How tacky. HOw can Jake put up with that? Most guys would be disgusted being with a woman like that. Why is she still bringing up her divorce? Its over and done with. I think she is still attached to it very much and can't let go. And what, she couldn't afford a nanny for Ava when she was 23? Didnt her and Ryan make a movie called Cruel Intentions? They made millions off of it. Don't tell me she couldn't afford a nanny.
wicca_08 wicca_08 8 years
She looks glamorous!
ilek ilek 8 years
I like Reese and I don't believe she's throwing a pity party - there's only one queen (Maniston) of the pity party 2% blame brigade and that is not Reese.
OCali OCali 8 years
Reese is no great beauty without photoshop. I wonder why she decided to throw herself a pity party.
care0531 care0531 8 years
I love her! She is so real! She isn't stick thin- she is a hands on mother- she gets a long with the ex for the sake of the kids and she is beautiful and has an amazingly HOT boyfriend!
any any 8 years
i love the cover
mlen mlen 8 years
i think she looks great and obviously she gets asked the same questions all the time but she takes a classy route in answering
LUV29 LUV29 8 years
I love her, but if others are given a hard time for talking about their divorce, so should she.Just keep
Frida83 Frida83 8 years
Reese is beautiful, one of the most down to earth women in Hollywood!
ylovely ylovely 8 years
Reese looks lovely. She's such a hot girl!
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
Whoa, MarkW - careful with your commentary, it makes you sound a bit jealous. I like her. She's always candid and intelligent.
BabyNorbert BabyNorbert 8 years
Lukin: I thought I was the only one who saw the Olsen thing when I started reading the comments! I'm glad I'm not alone - I think its the smile... plus the hair is very Olsen like (when they have sleek and slightly curled hair) She's really pretty - I will definitly buy this issue!
MarkW MarkW 8 years
P.S. "He's fabulous." LOL. Reese, we already know that Jake is gay.
MarkW MarkW 8 years
Reese Witherspoon stinks! In Elle she said: "I don’t take a shower everyday." The rest of the interview is standard Reese Witherspoon's "I'm so greeat" PR fiction. Yawn.
popculture-whore popculture-whore 8 years
she's honest and beautiful. i've always thought that she was a great role model
jhilly123 jhilly123 8 years
I love that picture of her, photoshopped or not, she looks great! I'm now going to buy Elle just to finish reading the interview. She's an intelligent, down to earth, polite person.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Love her! It is so hard these days to find someone that you can really RESPECT in Hollywood - and she is it! Very down-to-earth. She deflects the question about Jake so politely and in a joking way and her answer to the question about her divorce was honest without going into melodrama...a class act!
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