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21 Things We Never Knew About Reese Witherspoon

Ever notice how it seems like Reese Witherspoon never has an off day where she takes a bad picture? She is so photogenic that almost all of her pictures comes out amazing — even those captured unexpectedly by the paparazzi.

Ever since she came on to the scene with her 1991 film The Man in the Moon, Reese has become a household name and we just can’t get enough of her. She’s smart, talented, has a great personality, and an even better smile. And on top of it all, she is a huge advocate for women’s rights and children.

Can she get any better?

Of course, she can. Besides acting, Reese is known for also her singing skills, which we can thank the movie Walk the Line for, her writing skills, her incredible taste in fashion, and of course, her brilliant mind that has created a few movies of her own.

She truly is one busy woman and to top it all, she has a handsome husband and three kids at home to take care of.

Now, Reese is known for trying to keep her private life on the DL, but luckily, we were able to dig up some interesting facts about her life. Keep scrolling and enjoy these 21 little details about the beautiful and talented, Reese Witherspoon.

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21 Her First Name Isn't Reese

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When it comes to celebrities in the spotlight, it is not an uncommon thing for them to want to change their name to something more defined and interesting.

There are many celebrities who have done this such as Ben Affleck, Kate Perry, Jamie Foxx, Natalie Portman, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Bono, Sting, and many, many more.

According to zimbio.com, Reese Witherspoon is another who decided to change her name and being born with three first names it is no wonder why. See, Reese was actually born Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon, but when she could, she legally changed it to just Reese, which is her mother’s maiden name.

20 She Dated Mark Wahlberg In The '90s

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In the 1996 movie Fear, when Nicole Walker (aka Reese Witherspoon) meets David McCall (aka Mark Wahlberg), she is instantly swept off her feet.

Things aren’t always as they seem though, and it isn’t long before Nicole learns that David has some serious jealousy and anger issues. For a while there, even after he turns on her and does some questionable things, she continues to go back to him. Before she knows it though, Nicole is fighting for not only her life, but her father’s life too.

According to zimbio.com, the two started dating while filming for the movie and even though Mark plays a not-so-nice guy on the big screen, in real life, he and Reese were in a very normal relationship — even though it was a short one.

19 She Is Officially Taking Up The Mantel As Elle Woods Again In Her New Movie 'Legally Blonde 3'

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Reese Witherspoon first started playing the loveable Harvard law student, Elle Woods, in 2001 and then again in 2003.

Well, according to people.com, she is reprising her role yet again in Legally Blonde 3, which is set for a 2020 Valentine’s Day release.

She hasn’t said much about the project, but she did let to Entertainment Tonight that there is a script, just filming hasn’t started yet.

Back in June 2018, she talked to Ellen DeGeneres about how she thought bringing Elle Woods back for a third movie was a great idea.

“Well, we’re meeting and talking about it. I mean, it’s sort of about women being underestimated and I think it’s sort of a good idea. Things have changed, not much, but definitely changed! I loved playing Elle. She’s amazing. If you guys want it then I guess, I’ll do it!”

18 She Wrote A Book

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As if Reese wasn’t busy enough with raising three kids, her husband, everything that she does for her job and all the other projects she is involved in, she is also now a novelist.

According to en.wikipedia.org, Reese announced in October 2016 that she was going to write her first book, and in April 2018 she announced the book would be called Whiskey in A Teacup, a fun book that gives readers a glimpse into her life, as well as offering fans all her favorite recipes and teaching them different ways to curl their hair so they can get the amazing curls she always has.

The book was released on September 18, 2018 and she even got to go on a nine-city book tour. It is amazing she was able to juggle it all.

17 She Met Ryan Phillippe On Her 21st Birthday

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The first time Reese Witherspoon met Ryan Phillippe was back on March 22, 1997, during her 21st birthday party.

According to zimbio.com, a mutual friend of the two brought Ryan to the party and before the end of the night, Reese told him, “I think you’re my present.”

They had their first date a few weeks later and in December 1998 Ryan proposed to her. Fast forward six months to June 5, 1999, and they were now saying their “I do’s” at the Old Wide-Awake Plantation.

The two love birds welcomed two adorable children while together, daughter Ava Elizabeth Phillippe, who was born on September 9, 1999, and son Deacon Reese Phillippe, born in October 2003.

Sadly, it was not meant to be and the two announced their separation in October 2006.

16 She Lived In Germany As A Little Kid

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Reese Witherspoon was born on March 22, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana. From day one, Reese has been open about how proud she is to have been born in the South and had the chance to grow up there.

According to zimbio.com though, although she was born there and spent most her life there, but she also spent time somewhere else. Reese’s father, Dr. John Draper Witherspoon, was a lieutenant in the US Army Reserve, and because of this, his family moved around.

At one point during Reese’s childhood, they had to move to Wiesbaden, Germany, where they spent four years before moving to Nashville, where Reese spent the rest of her childhood.

15 She Was A Cheerleader In School

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This comes as no shocker whatsoever. Reese is such a bubbly and happy woman that it is just obvious to anyone who knows her that she would be a rocking cheerleader, maybe even a head cheerleader.

According to thetalko.com, Reese Witherspoon was once a cheerleader for her wrestling team in school. Sounds weird right? Who knew that wrestling teams had their own cheerleading squad? Well, apparently her school did.

In fact, Reese had this to say about cheerleading in the South: “In the South, you have a cheerleader for basically everything.”

She sure looked super happy doing it too, that’s for sure.

14 She Was Once Arrested!

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Reese Witherspoon is such a sweet and loving person that it is hard to see her in trouble with the law.

According to thetalko.com, back in 2014, a video was leaked online of Reese inebriated and talking to the cops and saying some pretty interesting words: “You’re about to find out who I am. I’m Reese Witherspoon.” Unfortunately for her, the cops did not care and took both herself and her husband in.

She later apologized for the incident and the way she acted, saying it was a wake-up call.

"We thought we were okay to drive but we definitely were not," she told Glamour. "We are just so sorry this happened. We know better than that. It's something that will absolutely never happen again.”

13 She Did A Year At Stanford University

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Before Reese Witherspoon was a big-time actor, she was a student at a University in California.

According to zimbio.com, after high school, Reese decided to try her hand at college life. For a year, she attended Stanford University in Northern California where she majored in English Lit. School was not for her though. After a year of trying, Reese decided to leave college life and instead pursue her real passion: acting.

Although she didn’t graduate from Stanford, she still reps the school every now and again by wearing either a cap with the school's logo on it, a shirt or sometimes even a sweater.

12 Her First Acting Job Was At Age Seven

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Before Reese Witherspoon got her big break, she was just a little girl staring in local commercials and ads.

According to zimbio.com, Reese first started acting when she was seven years old after being cast in a local florist’s TV commercial. After that, she did a few local ads before deciding that school was more important to her.

What a smart little girl. Once in college, she only did a year before deciding to quit and instead, going after her dream job, acting.

Since then, she has starred in many roles, some including Elle Woods in Legally Blonde one and two, June Carter Cash in Walk the Line, Melanie Smooter in Sweet Home Alabama, and Holly in the movie Little Nicky.

11 It Was A Complete Accident When She Landed Her First Big Movie Role

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One of Reese Witherspoon’s first movie roles was as Dani Trant in the movie The Man in the Moon, a role that she got completely by accident.

According to zimbio.com, back in 1990, when casting first started for the movie, Reese showed up with the hopes of being cast for a small role. She was so good though, creators of the show decided to cast her as the lead instead. She was cast as the adorable Dani Trant, a country girl who falls in love with her elder neighbor.

Reese did so well that she won a Young Artist award for her work as Dani.

10 She Is In Retail

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Reese Witherspoon has done a lot of things in her life: acting, singing, and even producing, but in 2015 she decided to dip her toes into a new job pool: retail.

According to en.wikipedia.org, in May 2015, Reese launched her own retail brand, Draper James, which focuses on fashion, accessories and home décor, all inspired by the South. The name of her brand comes from her grandparents, Dorothea Draper and William James Witherspoon, who she has credited her success many times, saying they are her greatest influences.

The merchandise started off by being manufactured and designed in-house, it then grew big enough where they were able to launch directly to consumers online before opening its first brick and mortar store in Nashville, Tennessee in fall of 2015.

9 She Starred In The Hit '90s Show 'Friends'

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Reese Witherspoon has done so much that many probably don’t remember her playing Jill Green in the classic sitcom Friends.

According to zimbio.com, Reese entered onto the scene of the show during season six. Her part was of the rambunctious party girl Jill Green, aka Rachel’s younger sister. Jill is in need of a fresh start and some guidance from her big sister after her father threatens to cut her off when she over does it and buys her friend a boat.

She tries very hard to start a new life, but ends up breaking the rules with excess shopping, thanks to her incredible memory and being able to remember all her father’s credit card numbers, on top of dating Ross, which ends badly. Jill ends up leaving after that.

8 Her Daughter Is Her Twin

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Reese Witherspoon is known for being a talented actress, but she is also known for being a super mom to her three children, Ava, Deacon, and Tennessee.

Even with three kids, Reese is always on top of making sure they have everything they need while balancing her demanding job, but it is her relationship with her daughter, Ava Phillippe, that the world is most obsessed with.

According to eonline.com, Ava and her mother are twins in not just looks, but also their style and their size and it is the cutest thing in the world. They can both make a plain dress looking like a stunning gown and have proven multiple times that blondes do have more fun.

Maybe we’ll get lucky and see Ava on the red carpet one day.

7 She Was In A Sorority During Her One Year At College

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Elle Woods is a bubbly, fun loving blonde who is attending the University of California where she has a 4.0 GPA and is in a sister sorority called Delta Nu. When her long-time boyfriend, Warner Huntington the third, dumps her because he would rather marry a Jackie than a Marilyn, she is left utterly distraught and tries to win him back by going to law school, where instead of winning him back, she out dues him and moves on.

Great story, right?

According to zimbio.com, Reese did have some similarities to Elle Woods. Like Elle, Reese attended a sorority called Gamma Phi Beta during her one year of college. Unlike Elle though, she left after her freshman year to pursue her real passion, acting.

6 She Received $15 Million For The Movie 'Legally Blonde 2'

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When Reese Witherspoon took the role as Elle Woods in the movie Legally Blonde, it was such a big hit that they decided to make a second one.

For those who haven’t seen the movie, Legally Blonde is about a bubbly and peppy blonde who gets dumped by her boyfriend, decides to win him back by attending Harvard Law School, and proves to everyone she is not just some dumb blonde, she even moves on and finds someone new.

Legally Blonde 2 was a bit different. In the sequel, Elle heads to Washington to fight for animal rights while planning a wedding.

Sadly, according to zimbio.com, the sequel didn’t do as well as the first one, but that didn’t stop Reese from getting a huge paycheck of $15 million for reprising her role.

5 She Had To Hide Her Real-Life Pregnancy For Her Role In 'Vanity Fair'

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When it comes to Hollywood life and being a big celebrity, work does not stop just because a woman gets pregnant. For actresses, when they become pregnant while working on a show, the writers will either write her pregnancy into the story, or they will come up with different methods to try and hide it.

According to zimbio.com, when Reese Witherspoon became pregnant with her second child, her son Deacon, during her time as Becky Sharp on the show Vanity Fair, producers decided to hide her baby bump behind bulky costumes.

Her pregnancy was not a hindrance though. In fact, it helped her portrayal as Becky even better. “I love the luminosity that pregnancy brings, I love the fleshiness, I love the ample bosom — it gave me much more to play with", she said.

4 She Was Scared And Nervous To Sing In 'Walk The Line'

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When it came to her part as June Carter Cash in Walk the Line, Reese did not have the luxury of lip singing her way through the movie.

According to zimbio.com, for six months, Reese had to spend every night taking singing lessons to prepare for her role as June. She was nervous though, so nervous that she went to her lawyer begging him to help her get out of her contract before filming started.

Obviously, things didn’t work out because ended up doing the movie. Those singing lessons must of work though because she sung her heart out and even won herself an Oscar for her role.

3 She Is An Advocate For Children

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When it comes to children in need, Reese an active supporter in many different groups.

According to en.wikipedia.org, she has been a longtime supporter of Save the Children, an organization that helps children from around the world with an education, proper health care, and any emergency aid they may need. She also is on the board for the group Children’s Defense Fund, an advocacy and research group for children.

In 2006, when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Reese was among the group of celebrities who took off to Louisiana for a CDF project to help publicize the damage and how the people needed help. While there, she helped not only the people in need, but also by opening the cities first Freedom School.

She called the entire experience a memorable event that she will never forget.

2 She Once Recorded A Song With Michael Buble

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Well, it seems as if Reese was able to conquer her fear of singing after her performance in Walk the Line because a few years later she teamed up with Michael Buble to record a duet song.

According to en.wikipedia.org, Michael is a singer who became a worldwide sensation when his first album, It’s Time, was released in 2005 and then again in 2007 when his album, Call Me Irresponsible, reached number one on the charts in Canada and the UK, the US Billboard 200, the ARIA Albums Chart in Australia, and several different charts in Europe.

In 2013, Michael and Reese got together to do a duet song, "Something Stupid," on his album To Be Loved, a cover of the classic by Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra, and they sounded amazing together.

1 She Looks Good In Uniform

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One of the great movies that Reese got to star in was known as the 2015 film, Hot Pursuit.

According to en.wikipedia.org, the film starred policewoman Cooper (aka Reese Witherspoon) and Daniella Riva (aka Sofia Vergara) — two very different people from two very different worlds.

The plot of the movie is that after a big failure that almost ended her job, Cooper is assigned the task of escorting Daniella from San Antonio to Dallas to testify against a criminal. Plans do not go their way, though, and they have to use different methods to try and avoid being hurt, while not turning on one another too.

Fun fact: the movie was originally supposed to be called Don't Mess With Texas but was later changed.

Sources: zimbio.com, thetalko.com, en.wikipedia.org, eonline.com, people.com

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