Reese Witherspoon Gets Real About Feeling Overwhelmed: ‘I’ll Sit in My Car and Cry’

She's basically sliced bread in Hollywood these days. Reese Witherspoon is an Academy Award-winning actress who runs a successful production company that’s brought viewers conversation-starting shows like Big Little Lies and Little Fires Everywhere. Oh, and she’s got a happy marriage, successful kids and side businesses like a clothing line. Did we mention she’s also running a book club? So, with a life that’s got all the pluck of a 2001-era Elle Woods from Legally Blonde, she’s got to be some sort of bionic superwoman, right?

Not so fast. Prepare yourself for Witherspoon's relatable pressure-valve release: crying in her car. In a new interview on CBS This Morning, Witherspoon confessed that, like all of us, she has “those days” when she just feels spread too thin. “I'll lay on the floor and cry or I'll sit in my car and cry,” the star said. “Sometimes I'm totally overwhelmed.” And that was Witherspoon’s coping mechanism before Covid-19 precautions, when that portion of the multi-part interview was taped.

Now the star is grappling with many of the same questions as the rest of us, including “How will we do our jobs now?” So how is the mother-of-three handling this new added pressure? With her trademark irreverent humor and dedication. Witherspoon said that social distancing while filming is a problem. “The thing we’re most confused about is…love scenes. We're like, ‘Hmm, how are you gonna make out?’” Not to worry, the determined star continued, sticking out that famously strong chin: “We're just gonna have to get creative.”

So what’s giving Witherspoon the enthusiasm to get up in the morning in these quarantine days? “I really want to change things,” the actress said. “I see younger women in our industry and I want them to have a better experience...I want to see that they have a beautiful idea of what the future could hold.”

“I will put in the hours and I bet on myself. I'm my own lottery ticket,” Witherspoon continued. “I always think that, you know. If no one else shows up, I know I will show up and I know I will do the work.” Crying on the floor, followed by doing the work—Witherspoon's giving us (actually doable) words to live by.

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