Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon was born in Louisiana and grew up in Tennessee. Her first foray into show biz was in a tv commercial at age 7 which motivated her to take acting lessons. A high-achiever, Witherspoon got good grades and was a cheerleader in high school. She enrolled in Stanford University but dropped out to pursue her acting career. In 1991, she auditioned for a small role in The Man in the Moon but was instead cast as the lead and earned critical praise for her performance. Witherspoon continued to find regular work, although she sometimes struggled with typecasting. In 2001, she starred in the hit, Legally Blonde, and several more hits came after it, including Walk the Line for which she won an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA. After years of making films, she returned to tv in 2017 with HBO’s Big Little Lies. Witherspoon has also produced and executive-produced many shows for Apple TV, Amazon and Netflix. She also has a home decor brand called Draper James. She became a brand ambassador for Avon in 2007 and is a representative for Elizabeth Arden. Witherspoon has been named on lists of powerful and beautiful people, including the Time 100 and People’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World. She is an avid reader and leads an online book club. Her charity work includes children and women’s rights. She was married to Ryan Phillippe from 1997-2006 and married talent agent Jim Toth in 2011. Witherspoon has 3 children. She has millions of followers on social media. Witherspoon is 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs about 115 lbs.
Reese Witherspoon’s Diet
Witherspoon looks pretty much the same as she did playing bubbly Elle Woods in Legally Blonde back in 2001. Still, she doesn’t deny herself the pleasures of Southern cooking, including fried chicken. That said, she primarily eats whole, natural foods including plenty of veggies. She also eats reasonably-sized meals and healthy snacks, watches her intake of alcohol and works out regularly. It clearly works for her.
- Medium Fat 35% 35%
- Medium Protein 35% 35%
- Medium Carb 40% 40%
Line Up the Caffeine
Witherspoon loves her coffee, and her latest love involves adding oat milk to her morning joe.
Witherspoon also digs green smoothies made with spinach, romaine, celery, along with fruits like pear, apple, banana and lemon juice. The smoothie and coffee make up a typical breakfast for her.
Fear Not the Carb
Witherspoon loves her biscuits, grits, and pasta. The key to not allowing them to expand your waistline is a moderate portion size, and regular exercise.
Soup & Salad
Witherspoon’s midday go-tos are salads such as kale with roasted chicken, and when it’s cold outside, soup, especially lentil.
Like Grandma Made
Witherspoon’s book Whiskey in a Teacup is full of recipes her grandmother passed down to her.
Some Like It Hot
Witherspoon loves fried chicken, especially if it’s got a kick to it. But she also loves her Italian food, and an evening at an Italian restaurant makes an ideal date night with her husband.
What to Eat
Spicy Fried Chicken
What to Avoid
Witherspoon on Her Regular Breakfast
‘I just have a green juice and a coffee in the morning.’
Witherspoon on Her Diet
‘I don’t believe in crash-dieting or anything like that.’
Witherspoon on Fried Chicken
‘There’s nothing like hot, spicy fried chicken.’
Witherspoon on Biscuits
‘Saturdays are for baking biscuits!’
Witherspoon on Spice
‘I do like some spicy shrimp and grits.’
Witherspoon on her Secret To Health
‘I work out all the time anyway, just to stay healthy.’
Reese Witherspoon’s Fitness Routine
Consistency Is Key
Witherspoon has a simple formula for staying fit: never stop moving.
Witherspoon works with trainer Michael George to help keep her on track and challenged.
Try An Audio Book
An online book club seems an unlikely venue for exercise, but Witherspoon has invited fellow book clubbers to participate in a health challenge which involves exercising every day for a month.
The Ultimate Playlist
Witherspoon uses music to help her stay motivated while exercising, and she has shared her playlist called Pure Motivation on Apple Music.
Witherspoon does at least 30 minutes of cardio, 6 days a week.
Witherspoon regularly runs, hikes, and bikes around LA.
Keep It Fresh
Witherspoon is always changing up her workout. In addition to running and biking, she does yoga, Pilates, and other forms of exercise.
Witherspoon uses a foam roller as part of her stretching routine. Stretching helps prevent injury by keeping the body flexible.
A Reese Witherspoon Routine
Cardio: 30 min x 6+ days/week.
Stretch with foam roller
Set your own goals, but get moving.
Witherspoon on Looking Good
‘When you look good, you feel good. I know that’s what Elle Woods said, but it’s true!’
Witherspoon on Her Body
‘I have cellulite. I have stretch marks. I feel intimidated by Victoria’s Secret.’
Witherspoon on the Futility of Comparing Yourself
‘I feel like there’s a race being run in LA for some unattainable goal: to be the best, the skinniest, the most beautiful. I just admit that’s what I’ll never be.’
Witherspoon on Goals
‘I’m wary of what goal I set, because then I’ll have to accomplish it.’
Reese Witherspoon’s Supplements
Witherspoon swears bywhich helps retain elasticity in skin and provide strength to bones and joints.
Witherspoon’s trick to banishing blemishes is to add a few drops ofto her water which she says works in 3 days or less.
Reese Witherspoon’s Lifestyle
A lifelong go-getter, Witherspoon is up most days at 7:30 and immediately heads out to exercise.
Witherspoon is a self-proclaimed nerd who loves to read and recommend books. She launched her book club in 2017 has launched many bestsellers.
Little Type A
Witherspoon’s parents nickname for their little ball of energy was ‘Little Type A,’ which was the name she gave to her production company. She later regretted it and renamed it ‘Hello Sunshine.’
Witherspoon has supported many charities, including Hurricane Katrina Relief. Her recently dress donation to teachers to thank them for their hard work during the pandemic quickly turned sour and a sparked lawsuit after a million women gave out their personal information, but only 250 dresses were given away.
It Was Fate
Witherspoon tried to get out of playing in the film she won the most award for, Walk the Line. She was even approached by recording companies afterwards to discuss releasing a record.
Don’t Waste Time
Witherspoon keeps things simple when it comes to beauty. She doesn’t like to spend more than 5 minutes in the morning getting ready.
Witherspoon says she isn’t for or against cosmetic surgery, but she does not feel the need to do it at this point in her life.
Witherspoon on Graceful Aging
‘I’ve had a whole bunch of experiences and I can speak with a thoughtfulness about the changes I’d like to see in the world and…I just feel like I earned that gray hair and my fine lines. I like ’em.’
Witherspoon on Turning Down the Role of June Carter Cash
‘I called my attorney. My agent. My manager. I said…I gotta get out of this. Like, can’t they call LeAnn Rimes? I mean, she’s good.’
Witherspoon on women's Empowerment
‘I encourage women to step up. Don’t wait for somebody to ask you.’
Witherspoon on a Beauty Regimen
‘I’m lucky to have other people worry about how I look. That’s pretty nice!’
Witherspoon on her Priorities When it Comes to Her Looks
‘Skincare and sun protection are the biggest things for me.’
Witherspoon on Plastic Surgery
‘I don’t think I need plastic surgery at this point.’
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