Does Reese Witherspoon Regret Her Marriage to Ryan Phillippe?

Reese Witherspoon is known for her performances in Legally Blonde and Sweet Home Alabama. However, there was a time when she was mostly known for her marriage to actor Ryan Philippe. Does Witherspoon regret her decision to marry Phillippe? Here’s what the actress once said about their relationship.

How Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe met

Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe in 1998 | S. Granitz/WireImage
Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe in 1998 | S. Granitz/WireImage

Witherspoon and Phillippe met in 1997 at her 21st birthday party. The actress was impressed with Phillippe when she first laid eyes on him. She tells Jane magazine in a 1999 interview that when she first met him, she told him he was her birthday present.

“I met him at my 21st birthday party,” Witherspoon told the publication. “I don’t know what came over me–maybe the seven Midori sours–but I told him, ‘I think you’re my birthday present.’ He thought it was so flattering, and now that I think about it… how embarrassing!”

Reese Witherspoon’s current husband is Jim Toth

Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth | Michael Buckner/Getty Images for J/P HRO
Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth | Michael Buckner/Getty Images for J/P HRO

Witherspoon met Toth the same way she met Phillippe. The pair first met at a mutual friend’s party back in 2010. At the time, Toth was a talent agent at Creative Arts Agency, which is where Witherspoon is a client. The circumstances surrounding their first meeting was a bit of a mess. Witherspoon says a drunk man tried to hit on her and Toth came over to extinguish the awkward situation. Here’s what Witherspoon shared with Elle about their meeting:

It happened out of the blue. This really drunk guy was hitting on me, making such an idiot of himself, yelling at me. He was like, [slurring, scowling, pointing a finger in my face].

[He said], ‘You don’t know me.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, I know. I don’t know you!’ Jim came over and said, ‘Please excuse my friend. He’s just broken up with someone.’ Jim was a really good friend, pulling him out of that situation. That’s just kind of who he is, a really good person.”

Does Reese Witherspoon regret marrying Ryan Phillippe?

In 2015, Phillippe told Larry King he and Witherspoon split because they were just too young. “I think more of the problem was age,” he told King. “When we got together, we were so young. I think it can create issues with two people in this industry because there’s so much noise that goes along with it.”

Does Witherspoon regret their marriage? Things didn’t work out between the two, but the actress told the Lorraine show she has no regrets.

“I got married when I was 23 and I had two kids by the time I was 27,” says Witherspoon. “I don’t know, sometimes it’s good to know yourself [before getting married]. I would never change anything. I said to  my daughter, by 25 you start to know yourself a little bit better.”

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