With an award-nominated role in Wild to go along with her happy marriage, Reese Witherspoon is back on top in both her career and personal life — but that wasn’t always the case in recent years! In fact, following her Academy Award win for Walk the Line in 2005, the actress faced a series of lows, beginning with her divorce from Ryan Phillippe and continuing with a string of box office fails.
“That was a tough year that followed,” the 38-year-old says of her split from the actor. “I got divorced the next year and I spent a few years just trying to get better.”
Unfortunately, Reese adds, the divorce took a toll on her professional life. “You can’t really be creative when you feel like your brain is scrambled eggs,” she admits. “I was just kind of floundering career-wise, cause I wasn’t making things I was passionate about. I was just kinda working. It was really clear the audiences weren’t responding to anything I was putting out there.”
Luckily, she bounced back. Reese married Jim Toth in March 2011, and gave birth to their son, Tennessee, in September 2012. She’s already been nominated for a Golden Globe and SAG Award for Wild, and is expected to get an Oscar nod, as well.