“Skincare is an integral part of my life”

There are few stars with a voice as familiar as Reese Witherspoon’s. Speaking on the phone from Los Angeles, she’s warm and polite, her Southern accent as it appears on screen.

However, she doesn’t tell me about her new projects (she is one of Hollywood’s most successful actresses and producers), but about being a global ambassador for the Biossance skincare line, which she signed up for after tried the products. And as we speak, it’s clear that her approach to beauty goes far beyond skin.

“I’ve always thought beauty and skincare is a big part of building self-esteem,” she says. Born in Louisiana and raised in Tennessee, Reese, 45, now lives in California with her talent agent husband Jim Toth, their son Tennessee, 11, and their children Deacon, 18, and Ava, 22, from her first marriage to actor Ryan. Philip.

She lays a large part of her attitude on her upbringing. “As a child, I remember seeing my mother getting ready for work every morning and thinking how beautiful she looked. She always wore red lipstick, which I found so glamorous,” she recalled. Reese’s mother, Betty, was a huge influence.

“I grew up with a very strong mother and a very strong grandmother. My mother always taught me that when you pull yourself together and take care of yourself, you present yourself more confidently to the world.

Indeed, she does. Named by Forbes as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world in 2019, she sold her production company Hello Sunshine last summer for $900 million, having proven that female-led stories work.

An avid reader, who studied English Literature at Stanford (she left early to become an actress), Reese was behind (and starred in) hit TV series including big little lies and more recently, The morning showalongside Jennifer Aniston.

In it, Reese plays reporter Bradley Jackson, who has risen from relative obscurity to co-host a breakfast show alongside Aniston’s veteran anchor.

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