Reese Witherspoon is reflecting on how daunted she was at becoming a young mother.
The actress joined Drew Barrymore on her brand new Global talk show, “The Drew Barrymore Show”, on Tuesday and opened up about finding out she was pregnant with daughter Ava.
“I got pregnant when I was 22 years old,” said the “Legally Blonde” star, admitting that she was “terrified” at the time. “I didn’t know how to balance work and motherhood.”
Witherspoon recalled how welcoming her first child cast doubt on her acting career because she “didn’t have any real power, leverage within my industry.”
“I was just like every other mom trying to figure it out,” she continued.
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Witherspoon is mom to three children, Ava, 21, Deacon, 16, and Tennessee, 7.
The actress credited her kids for inspiring her to speak out on social issues.
“What I really appreciate is that you are addressing social issues,” Barrymore said to her longtime pal. “You are addressing race, women’s equalities, Time’s Up. You are also really an advocate while you are finding these important things that are happening in our society and addressing them as well.”
“Well, I have a lot of inspiration from having two teenagers in my house,” Witherspoon explained. “Somewhere I read, ‘If you’re not talking about race and class and wealth and equality and social issue with your children they are talking about it with someone else.’ That hit me very profoundly because this is the world they are inheriting. If we don’t take our positions of influence, whatever your influence is… you have the power to influence thoughts and ideas.”
She added, “That’s why I love books as well. Books have changed my life by going absolutely nowhere. I grew up in Nashville and I just lost myself in a book. I felt like I could see the world, I could see other people’s opinions, I could see where people lived a completely different experience than me. I always say books are the anitdote to bigotry and small thinking, it’s about being expansive. I feel really blessed to have these kids in my life and to have all the children of the world out there, the Greta Thunbergs and Parkland kids, just really inspiring us to do more and create a better world.”
“The Drew Barrymore Show” airs weekdays at 3 p.m. ET/PT on Global.