Actress Reese Witherspoon has been a prominent figure for years, garnering attention not only for her illustrious career but also for her personal life. In 2023, this holds truer than ever.

Amid a highly publicized divorce from her second husband, Jim Toth, Witherspoon maintains a busy schedule, juggling her role in the Apple TV+ series “The Morning Show,” her fashion line, Draper James, and her responsibilities as a mother to three children.

Recently, Witherspoon took a brief pause from her hectic routine to engage in a conversation with Harper’s Bazaar, delving into her current and past experiences in life and her career.

While her demanding schedule might seem exhausting to her “Morning Show” co-star, Jennifer Aniston, Witherspoon revealed that work is a source of energy for her. She expressed, “I get genuinely excited about my work, so I often have an abundance of nervous energy. I’m somewhat high-strung.”

However, the spotlight has occasionally cast a shadow. For instance, Witherspoon recounted an incident when paparazzi trailed her home after the birth of her second child, Deacon. When she sought assistance from the police, their response was, “Well, aren’t you famous?”

This marks Witherspoon’s second divorce, the first being from Ryan Phillippe. She disclosed that during her initial divorce, tabloids dictated the narrative, but this time, she’s determined to take a different approach. She articulated, “When I went through my first divorce, the tabloid media shaped how people perceived my emotions and coping process, and it felt overwhelmingly out of control.

Having the ability to communicate directly with people about my life and share it in the same way I share positive professional and personal experiences feels much more authentic.

While there will always be speculation, I cannot control that. All I can do is be my most sincere and open self, embracing vulnerability.”

There was another instance where Witherspoon felt a lack of control during the filming of the 1996 movie “Fear,” in which she co-starred with Mark Wahlberg.

A certain intimate scene was not initially included in the script, and when it was suggested on set, Witherspoon declined. She elaborated, “I did not have a say in it. It was not explicitly stated in the script, so the director conceived it independently and approached me on set to perform it, to which I refused. It was not a particularly pleasant experience.”

Though Witherspoon did not relish that experience, she gleaned valuable insights from it. She shared, “It made me realize my position in the hierarchy of the film industry.

It’s one of those incidents that inspired me to become an advocate for change and attain a prominent leadership role to narrate stories from a female perspective rather than a male perspective.”

Witherspoon has turned her aspiration into reality by establishing the production company Hello Sunshine. She expounded, “Hello Sunshine emerged from the recognition that the media was largely dominated by male voices and viewpoints.

To create opportunities for women to recount their stories in their own words, we gain a richer understanding of the human experience.”