‘I was terrified': Reese Witherspoon opens up about being a young mum in Hollywood

Drew Barrymore chatted to Reese Witherspoon on her new talk show.
Drew Barrymore chatted to Reese Witherspoon on her new talk show. Photo: The Drew Barrymore Show/ YouTube

Reese Witherspoon has opened about becoming a mother at 23, admitting that she was 'terrified'.

The 44-year-old actress made the revelation during an honest chat with her great friend Drew Barrymore on the set of her new talk show.  

"To be completely candid, I was terrified, too," The Big Little Lies actress revealed about the moment she discovered she was expecting her daughter, Ava, just as her career was taking off. 

"I got pregnant when I was 22 years old, and I didn't know how to balance work and motherhood. You just do it, you know?"

Witherspoon explained   that although she had shot a few movies, she didn't feel as though she could ask for help at work with her children.
"I didn't have any real power or leverage within my industry," she said. "So, I think I was just like every other mum trying to figure it out, and dad and partner and grandparent who's raising a child."

The mum-of-three then discussed went on to talk about some of the changes that she noticed in her life after having kids.

"There's a lot of, first of all, compromise," she said. "You take the food out of your mouth, the clothes off your back, the sleep out of your life, but every bit of that sacrifice is truly worth it because you feel like, that's what me wake up on a Sunday, it's not movies or my job, it's my kids."

Witherspoon is now a mum to Ava, 21 and son Deacon, 16, whom she shares with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe, as well as seven-year-old son Tennessee with husband Jim Toth.


The actress has talked openly about the difference in her pregnancies in the past, saying she's glad she had kids relatively young.

"I find having little kids is more physical and it's just really hard on your body," she said on her Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine YouTube page.

"I had one at 23, one at 27 and then again at 37. And, oh, my God, having a baby at 37 was so much harder."

"This is just me being real," she continued. "Everybody's life experience, you have to do it when it's right for you."