Witherspoon may disappoint us on that front, though. Her 12-year-old daughter is Ava. Then there's Deacon, her 8-year-old son. Perhaps her second husband, Jim Toth, father of the bouncing-baby-to-be, will have an unsettling influence. (Inspired by Alicia Silverstone's son, Bear, we propose Tiger. Tiger Toth. Think about it, Reese.)
Witherspoon, however, gives every indication of being a thoughtful, introspective individual, especially where it concerns her children. Earlier this month, she spoke in Washington at the World Conference of Women's Shelters on the issue of domestic violence.
This is no dumb blond.
Witherspoon married Toth, 41, a year ago in a ceremony at her Ojai ranch. She began dating the CAA agent shortly after her split with Jake Gyllenhaal. Ava and Deacon are from her first, seven-year, marriage to Ryan Phillippe.
In the video above, the actress -- honorary chairman of the Avon Foundation for Women -- talks about how she has spoken with her children about the problem of domestic violence. Impressive.
More impressive -- to moms, anyway -- was that she didn't appear queasy or pale in her Washington appearance. In its new-baby announcement, Us Weekly, citing "multiple sources," said Witherspoon was about 12 weeks along but planned no official announcement.
Here's hoping she feels like eating cake. Thursday is her 36th birthday and her family has something special to celebrate. Happy birthday and congratulations to Witherspoon and her family.
Talk about a bunch of dream girls: Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz and Beyoncé are reportedly coming together for a movie musical project.
Director and "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy has, according to Deadline, recruited the stars to combine forces for "One Hit Wonders," which follows three '90s music sensations whose tanked careers inspire them to join forces in a present-day supergroup.
The idea reportedly sprang from a chatty dinner Murphy had with Paltrow, Witherspoon and Diaz (the film's title trifecta) at West Hollywood's Soho House in December.
It's unclear what Beyoncé will come aboard to do, but she's plenty occupied with her new baby Blue Ivy and a presumably close start to Clint Eastwood's "A Star Is Born" update.
Andy Samberg will lend his musical and comedy talents to original songs for the flick. The "SNL" cast member is part of the popular hip-hop/R&B parody group Lonely Island.
Boy meets girl. Another boy meets another girl. They eventually switch partners. And that was just one of the topsy-turvy stories from the year in celebrity weddings, which kicked off with Shania Twain and Frederic Thiebaud's New Year's Day celebration of love.
It was, of course, a love that blossomed after their spouses cheated on them with each other.
But the happiness didn't stop there.
Kelsey Grammer found love again, and he only had to be single for two weeks. That was the amount of time between the finalization of his divorce from Camille Grammer and his walk down the aisle with young bride Kayte Walsh.
Other lovestruck celebrity couples were married in a castle (Kate Moss and Jamie Hince) and in secret (Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz), on a ranch (Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth), on a private island (Vanessa Manillo and Nick Lachey) and on a yacht (Brooke Burke and David Charvet).
Controversy may have danced around the edges here and there, but faces were wreathed in smiles, even if those smiles were short-lived (Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries).
But let's toast the celebrity weddings of 2011. Our wish for happy couples: That we don't see your faces next year in the celebrity breakups of 2012.
Can someone hold Reese Witherspoon's keys and lip gloss 'n' stuff? She ditched her purse.
The Oscar winner retired a python handbag by French house Chloé, worth roughly $2,000, after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals pleaded with her to hang it up.
After Paparazzi photos showed Witherspoon rocking the bag, called the Paraty, the controversial group reportedly rushed her a video testimonial of the cruelty done to snakes in the name of fashion.
Ironically, said video was narrated by her "Walk The Line" costar Joaquin Phoneix. Afterward, Witherspoon contacted the group and assured them she'd bench the bag, Gossip Cop confirmed.
"We've long known Reese to be a kind person, so we're pleased — and not surprised — that she is hanging up her python bag for good," a VP for the animal-rights group said in a statement.
A happy enough ending for all involved, except perhaps that particular python, but where and how Witherspoon got the pricey accessory remains a mystery: California banned the sale of snakeskin in 1970.
What is so gratifying about insights into the world of an actress, such as those offered at the 18th Elle Women in Hollywood honors Monday? The struggle for equality, the transcendence of performance, the bonds of sisterhood in a ferocious industry?
Perhaps it's simply the knowledge that, according to Reese Witherspoon, they share manicure-and-makeout sessions.
At least that was one of more than a few funny highlights from the event, toasting a pack of women who have pushed boundaries for their craft and gender.
Introducing honoree Jennifer Aniston, Witherspoon celebrated the "Friends" alum's rare combination of "sex appeal and complete loveability. You want to get your nails done with her, and then make out with her. At least I do."
"That's what we do sometimes on Saturdays," Witherspoon cracked, as the ballroom of the Four Seasons Beverly Hills erupted in laughter. "We get our nails done ... and then make out. That's because she's my friend and not yours."
Camaraderie abounded at the dinner, during which honoree and L'Oreal Paris ambassador Freida Pinto sang the praises of Legend Award winner Barbra Streisand, saying Streisand's track "Putting It Together" helps her persevere. But the focus of the event was work yet to be done for Hollywood females.
"I've learned ... that you need to just focus on the work," honoree Viola Davis told us. "When you show up to set worried about your weight, worried about the success of your last movie, worried about your image you can't do anything. You can't even leave the ground."
Echoing those same sentiments in her acceptance speech, after an introduction from her "The Help" costar Octavia Spencer, Davis saw the entire room on its feet as a standing ovation was kicked off by Anistontablemate Chelsea Handler.
Other honorees included Naomi Watts, radiant in Calvin Klein Collection, who told some interesting anecdotes about the nature of roles for women but made room to thank the men in her life: partner LievSchreiber and their sons, Sasha and Kai.
Elizabeth Olsen was saluted by her "Martha Marcy May Marelne" costar John Hawkes, Evan Rachel Wood by Robin Wright, DreamWorks honcho Stacey Snider by Jon Hamm, Michelle Pfeiffer by Adam Shankman and finally, Streisand by "The Hurt Locker" director Kathryn Bigelow -- to whom Streisand had handed the first best director Oscar ever awarded to a woman.
"[Let's] not wait for the phone to ring," Streisand urged her peers. "It's easier to relax, to not be judged, not to have pressure, no scrutiny, you don't have to face rejection."
Top photo: From left, Naomi Watts, Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Aniston, Elle editor-in-chief Robbie Myers, Stacey Snider, Freida Pinto and Evan Rachel Wood at the Elle Women in Hollywood honors. Credit: Getty Images
Bottom photo: Reese Witherspoon, left, cuddles up to her very kissable pal Jennifer Aniston at the event at the Four Seasons. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press
Because Reese Witherspoon doesn't have enough, her new film "This Means War" sees leading men Tom Hardy and Chris Pine duking it out for her affections. Literally duking it out.
In a new trailer for the film, Hardy and Pine, playing bromantic CIA operatives, start out all guns-blazing, BASE-jumping, suit-wearing beefcake before learning they're both courting Witherspoon's Lauren Scott, a predictably bubbly blond with a little bit of an edge (black eyeliner seems to differentiate Lauren from other Reese incarnations).
Her look is sexier, but Witherspoon's trademark moral anxiety comes into play as she questions herself for dating two men at the same time. Enter Chelsea Handler, who impressed us with this crack on her pal's dilemma: "Do you think Gloria Steinem got arrested and sat in a jail cell so you could act like a little [Reese Witherspoon with moral anxiety]?"
Glitterbomb and pop enthusiast McG, of the "Charlie's Angels" film franchise, directs. Watch the trailer -- caution, there are a couple of adult words -- and tell us what you think. Will you go see "This Means War"?
Reese Witherspoon suffered minor injuries when she was hit by a car while jogging in Santa Monica, police said Wednesday.
Witherspoon was struck around 11 a.m. in a residential neighborhood. The driver of the car, an 84-year-old woman who'd been traveling about 20 mph, was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
The actress was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment, police said. She was not seriously injured and by the afternoon was resting comfortably at her Brentwood-area home, her rep said in a statement.
"The driver seemed to have not seen her because of a large tree at the intersection," a witness told Us Weekly, calling the "Legally Blonde" star "lucky, because it could have been much more serious."
Witherspoon, 35, most recently starred in "Water for Elephants" with Robert Pattinson. She won a best actress Oscar in 2006 for her performance as June Carter Cash in "Walk the Line."
In June, she took home the Generation Award at MTV's Movie Awards, saying to thunderous applause, "I know it's cool to be bad, I get it -- but it's also possible to make it in Hollywood without a reality show."
Witherspoon married agent Jim Toth in March in Ojai.
The annual list of highest-paid actresses in Hollywood has hit -- and it looks like lunch this year is on Angelina Jolie and Sarah Jessica Parker.
The big-screen women tied for top-earning actress, clocking in with $30 million each earned from May 2010 to May 2011, according to the annual ranking compiled by Forbes magazine.
The list relies purely on income to rank the luminaries, among them Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz.
What's notable about Jolie's take is that her dough comes solely from film-related income (read: the only surefire movie star) earned on star turns in "Salt" and "The Tourist" as well as her directorial debut, a yet-to-be-released Bosnian love story called "In the Land of Blood and Honey."
Parker, while just as successful, counted cash from perfume lines and a design collaboration with Halston Heritage.
Like the next actress, Aniston has had her share of non-blockbusters, but "Just Go With It," costarring Adam Sandler, marked her fourth-highest domestic opening, Forbes noted. Witherspoon didn't hit big with the romcom "How Do You Know?" but still cashed the same size check as Jen: $28 million.
Julia Roberts came in on their heels at $20 million, followed by Kristen Stewart of "The Twilight Saga" at the same rate. Producer-actress Katherine Heigl earned $19 million for toys for daughter Naleigh, and Diaz took in $18 million as a cushy "Bad Teacher" bonus.
Sandra Bullock folded about $15 million, while her kissing partner Meryl Streep clocked in at $10 million.
Reese Witherspoon made a case for all the good girls on Sunday, scooping up the high-profile Generation Award trophy at the MTV Movie Awards.
Reflecting on her body of work, Witherspoon had some insights about the state of fame and, specifically, famous females in her industry.
"I know it's cool to be bad, I get it — but it's also possible to make it in Hollywood without a reality show," the actress said to thunderous applause.
"When I came up in this business, if you made a sex tape, you were embarrassed. You hid it under your bed," she said. "If you took naked pictures of yourself on your cellphone, you hide your face."
Some took the comments as a dig at Blake Lively, who was recently embroiled in a nudie picture scandal. Regardless, Witherspoon's comments impressed the Ministry, serving as a healthy reminder that some of the luminaries we cover empower themselves as role models instead of camera-phone models.
After the last golden popcorn statue was handed out at Sunday night's MTV Movie Awards, famous folks stepped out to play -- among them "Horrible Bosses" costar Jennifer Aniston with her new man, Justin Theroux.
The MTV Movie Awards after-party was thrown by talent agency CAA at Soho House in honor of show host Jason Sudeikis -- where plenty of his pals stopped by to say congratulations.
Aniston, who pinned up her blond bob and rocked a simple black trench, stuck close by bearded Theroux and chatted with the likes of Sudeikis and Team Jen friend Chelsea Handler. Aniston and Theroux have been an item publicly for about a month, taking dinner dates at the Sunset Tower Hotel and reportedly headlining a small party hosted by the actress over Memorial Day weekend to introduce the actor-writer to her pals.
Cameron Diaz circulated around MTV Generation Award winner Reese Witherspoon, funnymen Aziz Ansari and Joel McHale, "Captain America" hunk Chris Evans, Chace Crawford and "Harry Potter" star Emma Watson.
Grey Goose cocktails and mini-sliders sated the exclusive bunch, which also counted among its ranks "Vampire Diaries" actress Nina Dobrev and Disney guy Sterling Knight.