Reese Witherspoon is a mass of insecurities, said Josh Rottenberg in Entertainment Weekly. The actress, 34, may come across as a lively Southern belle, but when it comes to seeing herself onscreen, she’s a basket case. “I don’t watch any movie I’m in,’’ she says. “It’s horrifying. I’ll just focus on something stupid like, ‘I hate my laugh. Why did I smile?’ Sometimes I look at myself and think, ‘Dude, I have the biggest, goofiest smile on earth.’”
When she really wants to feel bad, she’ll Google herself. “Only in very dark moments, moments of pure self-loathing, do I type my name into Google. You never read anything positive; you always go straight to where they say something nasty about you. You’re fat, you’re ugly, you’re tired, you’re worthless, you don’t have a career anymore. It’s just an affirmation of every horrible feeling about yourself.’’
Fortunately, it doesn’t stay with her for very long. “My favorite quote is from Martha Stewart: ‘I have a short memory for painful things.’ And I do. I have one of those incredible memories where I just erase painful things. Maybe that’s really unhealthy. I probably need to see a therapist.”
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