Reese Witherspoon Dishes on Life, Love and Jake

October 20, 2009 By:
Reese Witherspoon Dishes on Life, Love and Jake
Reese Witherspoon may be one of the biggest stars on the planet, but its really the simple things in life that give her the most pleasure.

Reese is InStyle magazine's November cover girl and in the issue she admits she loves being a chicken farmer on weekends, reveals her secret for her killer bod, and how she survived her divorce. Here are some highlights from the interview:

Reese on how she stays in shape:
"I try to exercise every day. I like to run for about an hour, and I'm big into working out with girlfriends," says Witherspoon. "It's an acquired skill, being able to discuss your love life, children and friends, all while you're running! But we have mastered it."

Reese on how she survived her divorce:
"You just have to keep going. You have to keep it together for your kids and for yourself too," says Witherspoon. "I'm trying to learn from the things that have happened in my life, live more in the moment and have more fun."

Reese on why she loves her job:
"I love my life without work and I love my life with work. I feel I'm so lucky to be able to do movies that create characters who are real women."

Reese on why she's more confident now than ever before:
"As you get older, you know what you like and what you don't like and you're not apologetic about it," Witherspoon says. "I used to judge myself so harshly—I think women in their 20s do. But you start to realize that none of it is really all that important. As long as you're comfortable, the best parts of yourself come through no matter what."

Reese on how she wants to raise her kids:
"Sometimes it's really difficult for me, being far away from home. I never imagined that my children wouldn't grow up next door to my brother's children. Or my mom and dad wouldn't constantly be around. At least I have a lot of southern friends in L.A.—I gravitate toward them."

Reese on cooking with Jake:
Jake is a great cook—he does a lot. We spend the weekends outside L.A, in Ojai, where I have a farmhouse. We have chickens and we grow cucumbers and tomatoes. I love it. It reminds me of where I grew up in Tennessee.