Reese Witherspoon’s Husband Gets Southern Girls’ Seal of Approval

04/11/2011 at 04:00 PM ET
Courtesy Vogue

Reese Witherspoon knew she’d found a good man in her new husband Jim Toth when she got the thumbs-up from a very particular group of women — her fellow Southerners.

“Over the holidays I was at a department store in L.A. with my friends, and these three women from Oklahoma came up to me, and they said” – laying on a thick Southern drawl – “‘Reese. We are so happy for yeeew. We liiike this guy for yew,'” the Louisiana-born actress, 35, tells Vogue‘s May issue.

“And I said, ‘You do?!’ ‘Yes, ma’am. We think he is a niiice man. We think he is going to treat you well and be good to yeeew.’ I was like, ‘Really?’ So sweet! And I told them my mother likes him very much, too.”

Elsewhere in the pre-wedding interview, on newsstands April 19, the Oscar winner touches on the topic of parenting — in particular, what it’s like to have a pre-teen daughter in Ava, who’s now 11½.

“She’s on the precipice of having her love affairs and her life,” Witherspoon says. “She is curious and artistic and very smart. She really surprises me.”

Parenting in general — she also has a son Deacon, 7½, with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe — isn’t what she thought it would be, she adds. “I thought you make little people in your image. But they are just nothing like me or their father. They are their own individuals.”

She adds: “I know it’s corny, but being a parent to me is such a great privilege; that I get to chaperone these beautiful little souls through life. They astound me with their knowledge and their humor.”

— Tim Nudd

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Romy on

eh. anyone else?

Kim on

Aw, I love Reese! She’s one of my favorites! Ava and Deacon are such beautiful children and her new hubby seems like a great guy!

Megan on

I adore Reese…she seems to really be able to balance that “real life” with the “celebrity life” Her kids are gorgeous and she seems totally devoted to them…oh and her hubby isn’t too bad either…hahah I absolutely wish her all the happiness in the world–she certainly deserves it =)

Sadie on

Reads more like Hee Haw than Oklahoma lol

klutzy_girl on

Love Reese!

I’m thinking we’ll be getting a pregnancy announcement from her and Jim before the year is over, especially with how fast they’re going. Don’t think she’s pregnant right now, though.

Tess on

I love that she claims she has no privacy, yet she gives interviews like that. I don’t remember Meryl Streep yammering on about her personal life.

J on

Um, a little history lesson: the South was defined by the Mason-Dixon line agreement. Oklahoma did not obtain statehood until after the agreement was in place. Oklahoma is the lower Midwest (or, occasionally on certain maps, the Southwest). However, we are not the South.

And we don’t speak in that manner. Thanks.

– An Oklahoman

Indira on

It doesn’t really seem like Reese said anything about them being Southern. Unless we have a recording of the interview we don’t really know how she sounded the author of the article describe it as southern…

Angela on

Yes, this will be the next pregnancy announcement.

Stella Bella on

I’d be surprised if she and Jim didn’t have kids together at some point.

m-dot on

I think she’s preggo now! I’ll be waiting for the announcement!

Mia on

I think they’ll definitely have a baby within the next year-she said she was open to having more kids.

Congrats to the whole family!

Bancie1031 on

I just love Reese Witherspoon! I bet she’s a great mom to have ….. 🙂 I also expect to hear a pregnancy announcement within the next year 🙂 Her kids are gorgeous as is she.

Jillian on

I just think Reese is wonderful. So happy for her and her family! Their wedding pictures were beautiful.

Tess, where does she say she has “no privacy.” The article in Vogue doesn’t say that at all. I think she explains it very well. She says, “she is as private as ever.” When asked what the worst thing about being Rees is, she said, “Probably that I parted with my privacy a long time ago. Sometimes I sit in my car and cry. Because I can’t get it.” So, she IS a private person……but her privacy is gone because everyone knows who she is and wants to take her picture. So doing this interview, doesn’t make her a hypocrite (I know you didn’t say that, but I am). When it comes to sharing their private lives, I think Reese does a great job of keeping her and her children’s lives private for the most part. And doing these interviews is part of the job.

The editor said Reese used a southern drawl to describe the conversation with the people from Oklahoma. While Oklahoma may not be considered the south…..they are considered a state that has Southern dialects or a southern drawl, which was the point they were trying to make. It is called Southern Dialect…..and it includes Oklahoma.

Nella on

I liked the interview, especially when she talked about parenting. She seems like a good mom, and a good actress. I also think her and her hubby will have a baby soon, I’m thinking sometime next year!

Kate on

I think she will have a baby soon and then she will have another one soon after. Pretty much in Brooke Burke manner so that the younger set will keep each other’s company since Ava and Deacon are quite older.

Stella on

I do not like how she protrayed an Oklahoman. Best of luck Reese!

Tess on

Jillian – seems to me the loss of privacy means no privacy, but whether you want to split hairs about the level of privacy she may have, she still talks about her personal life and her kids’ personal lives more than necessary to promote a movie. That’s my point.

rhonda on

Outside the context of promoting one of her films or other promo work (e.g. Avon) and interviews, Reese comes across as being extremely guarded and sometimes even resentful. A lot of celebs are quite good at ignoring paps and aggressive fans, but Reese with her semi-permanent clenched jaw is not one of them.

I find it very hard to believe that she would let any fan encroach on her personal space close enough to give her one of those hugs she talks about in the article!!!

Jillian on

Tess, she explains the privacy she has lost, which is not all privacy. It is that dye is a known person. She goes on to explain that details of her life are private because of the wonderful friends and family she has and the tight lips they keep. There is a big difference. Example, Tori Spelling has no privacy in any regard. Everyone knows who she I’d, so they take pics and approach her. Aldo, she exposes her personal private life on television. Reese is followed by the paps, but regarding her private life, I know far less about her than most celebs. She has to do interviews…..part of shat she gets paid to do.

soph on

I think we can guess how the accent sounds, the writer didn’t have to spell it out! It makes the women she’s referring to sound pretty dumb–which isn’t their fault. But whatever…Reese looks great on that cover.

Stella on

I agree with Soph

dsfg on

She makes Oklahomans sound like they have a southern accent. How does having a southern accent make someone sound dumb?

Sadie on

Jillian, as a Texan I know we can be a little sensitive about how our accents are portrayed. The writer of the article makes it sound like the person was from Georgia or Mississippi, but people from Oklahoma (and Texas) just don’t sound anything like that. Our accents are never portrayed accurately and it just gets a little irritating because we don’t have that thick southern drawl you’d find in the deep south. I don’t know if Reese was as dramatic about it as it’s written, but Oklahoma accents are usually very subtle.

Jillian on

Sadie, people in Oklahoma have a southern drawl. Just like people in the midwest have a midwestern accent. That was all I was commenting on. I don not blame Reese for this article, I blame the editor. I do not think they should have added extra syllabels to the words. Not cool. But my comments above were not in regards to this. Sorry.

Sadie on

Jillian, you said Oklahoma and apparently all other southern states have a southern drawl in your first post. My point was to explain to you that there is a huge difference in the accents from state to state. “Southern drawl” rarely describes Oklahoma accents, it would only fit those closest to the Texas border (and it could be argued those people actually had a Texas accent.)

Jillian on

We will have to agree to disagree. I did not say all southern states have a southern drawl. I know that every states accents vary.. I said they have a southern dialect…..which they do. Of course not everyone does, but some people do. I have been there for work and spoke to people from there daily for 4 years. I have friends there, so i have heard it firsthand. Regardless, the women were from Oklahoma and had southern drawls…..maybe they are the same people I know, since they seem to be the only ones 😉

Indira on

Some of y’all are way to sensitive. I live in NYC and our accents are CONSTANTLY misrepresented in the media. We all have that “jewish-new yorker” or “italian mobster” accent according to people who aren’t from here. I’m constantly asked where my accent is. It happens!

Lilly on

As someone who has lived in Oklahoma my entire life, I have noticed that while there are some people who speak with a southern accent, there are those who do not speak with one at all and for the most part the accents are very subtle. It’s most often people from the smaller towns that have the accents, and most people in the larger cities do not have one, at least that I can notice. Again, this is just my opinion as someone who lives in Oklahoma, please don’t bite my head off 🙂