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Reese Witherspoon: Motherhood Is Like a 24/7 News Ticker

PUBLISHED ON 12/02/2014

Reese Witherspoon is back on the big screen!

We haven't seen much of the southern belle since she slowed her career in 2012 to spend time with new baby Tennessee, but there's already Oscar buzz for her role of writer Cheryl Strayed in the upcoming film Wild.

Don't expect a happy-go-lucky Sweet Home Alabama performance. Witherspoon gets gritty as she plays Strayed, who took a solo hike on the Pacific Crest Trail to get her life back on track. In an interview with  Glamour, Witherspoon opens up about what gets her through tough times in her own life.

"I am so, so lucky to have girlfriends who, when I was on the floor crying, upset about things that happened in my life, came over, stood me up, put me in the shower, put my clothes on, took my kids to school, brought me dinner. You know?" she says. "I love my girlfriends, and I protect those relationships fiercely."

She's also fiercely protective of her three children: Ava, Deacon and Tennessee.

“I don’t think there’s been an hour of my life since Ava was born that I don’t think of my kids," says Witherspoon. "I call it my CNN ticker tape: Is Ava OK? Yes. Is Deacon OK? Yes. Is Tennessee OK? Yes. Back to Ava.”

The calming influence in her life? Husband Jim Toth. “Well, I have to say a very healing part of my life is my wonderful husband, Jim," she says. "It’s really wonderful being with somebody who supports me, who loves me, who is my number-one fan. That is such an incredible experience. You have to be ready for those things. I had to be in a place where I felt all those things about myself.”

In spite of all the sweet praise, Witherspoon tells Glamour that she isn't quite the "America's Sweetheart" figure the media has made her out to be. “I certainly didn’t self-identify as anyone’s sweetheart. I’m friendly, but I don’t think I’m sweet. I’m honest.”

For more Reese, don't miss Wild, opening Dec. 5.

Photo: Glamour

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PHOTO: Matt Irwin