What does it take to get to the top – without losing your center? The Huffington Post “Making It Work” series profiles successful, dynamic women who are standouts in their fields, peeling back the “hows” of their work and their life, taking away lessons we can all apply to our own.
Reese Witherspoon attended a young women’s conference at her teenaged-daughter’s school in Los Angeles, Calif. last month and was in good company: she brought along her own mother, her good friend Mindy Kaling and joined notable women like Maria Shriver and Lisa Leslie for a day of events and discussions.
Witherspoon said of her 14-year-old daughter Ava, “I don’t need to teach her much. She has a lot of self-confidence. I came from a very long line of very strong, hard-working women. So I think she gets a lot of inspiration from her grandmothers on both sides.”
But Witherspoon’s children must certainly garner a healthy dose of inspiration from their own mother, too. Witherspoon won an Academy Award for her performance as June Carter (another fierce woman) in 2005′s “Walk The Line” and currently has four films in post-production, including the smash bestsellers “Gone Girl” and “Wild.” Witherspoon has two children with actor Ryan Phillippe and a toddler with new husband and agent Jim Toth. She might have won Hollywood’s heart in “Legally Blonde,” but she has since proven herself as an extremely talented actor, singer and producer.
The Huffington Post spoke with Witherspoon, 37, about accomplishing everything you want, taking on the challenging role of Cheryl Strayed in “Wild” and what the most important thing women can do in 2014 is.
How do you define success and do you consider yourself successful by that measure?
I think more and more for me, it’s about finding balance between work and family and finding time for myself. I think it’s sort of 30/30/30 — or trying to be at least. Right now it’s sort of like 50/20/5 [laughs]. I think it takes time. You just learn, as you get older, to carve out time for yourself and still accomplish everything that you want. And I’m still in the process of having huge goals and things that I want to accomplish. But I’m trying to do those things while still maintaining a little balance.
And also, I would guess, show your children by example that you can still do all those things and have balance.
Yeah, I think they get that.
Reese attended the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter held during the 2014 Oscars. She was wearing a BOSS dress with a Roger Vivier clutch and Irene Neuwirth jewels.
Later, Reese tweeted at the big show and sent congrats to her friends who won:
“Congrats to my friend and costar @McConaughey. A stunning performance, an amazing night! #oscars#justkeeplivin”
“Congrats @jaredleto!! No one could deserve it more. #oscars”
“Let’s celebrate !! Thanks @LeslieFremar @angelalevine @LonaVigi @ireneneuwirth @jasonwustudio#oscars”
And also, Vanity Fair magazine set up an Instagram booth at their post-Academy Awards party, resulting in your chance to see the writers, TV stars, singers, and comedians who got left out of the big event.
Reese attended the Focus Features & MAC Viva Glam celebration of Dallas Buyers Club last night with Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves. Check the pics in our gallery:
Reese Witherspoon attends the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica last night. She present at the ceremony alongside her co-star Matthew McConaughey. Also, their movie, Mud, received the Robert Altman Award during the awards show. Reese was wearing a Giambattista Valli Couture top and skirt, a Christian Dior clutch, and Christian Louboutin shoes. Check out the pics in HQ in our gallery!
Also, you can watch below, a video of her arriving on the red carpet.
Reese Witherspoon made an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon held at NBC Studios last night in New York City. She was wearing a pink Roland Mouret dress. For now, you can check the pics tagged in our gallery, but stay tunned for future updates!
During the interview, Reese scores a gift for her mother, a big fan, and Jimmy writes a personal “thank you note” and the two recall Reese’s first role in The Man in the Moon.
Reese also was spotted playing a game of Catch Phrase with The Voice coach Usher, who was on the show to promote the new sixth season of the singing competition.
As Hollywood heavy hitters prepare to duke it out at the Academy Awards, the 29th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards will honor the much smaller films a day before the Oscars.
Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Angela Bassett, Andy Samberg and Rosario Dawson are all scheduled to present at this year’s ceremony, Entertainment Weekly reported exclusively. McConaughey is also nominated for his role as the HIV positive cowboy-turned activist Ron Woodruff in Dallas Buyers Club. In addition, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Greta Gerwig, Bill Hader, Paula Patton and Diego Luna will also be presenting.
Comedian Patton Oswalt will host the daytime luncheon on March 1 and the awards show will air later that evening at 10 p.m. ET on IFC.