In the midst of the race to the Oscars, Charlie Rose will profile “Wild” actress Reese Witherspoon on the next edition of 60 MINUTES, Sunday Dec. 21 (7:30-8:30 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. She won the Academy Award for “Walk the Line.” She was a successful actress married to a successful actor. It was the peak of Reese Witherspoon’s career, but then her life and her career drifted downhill. The award-winning actress talks about that trying period in her life – especially seeing herself on a list of “washed-up” actors – and the success she found after starting a production company.
Her divorce from husband Ryan Phillippe, who played roles in high-profile films like “Gosford Park” and “Flags of our Fathers,” made her sad for a long time. “I spent, you know, a few years just trying to feel better… you can’t really be very creative when you feel like your brain is scrambled eggs.”
Along with the failed marriage came a trying time in her career, during which she made films like “This Means War” and “How Do You Know,” movies that did not draw as well as her earlier films. “I was just kind of floundering career-wise… I wasn’t making things I was passionate about,” she tells Rose. “And it was really clear that audiences weren’t responding to anything I was putting out there.”
A low point came when she was surprised to find herself among a group of actors who the author of a 2012 article in The New Yorker wrote were no longer big stars. “Yeah. I was one of them,” she laughs. “I thought I was reading, like, a profile on another actor. Then somewhere down at the end, it said… ‘the people who are washed-up’ – I mean, it really hurt my feelings,” recalls Witherspoon. Watch the excerpt.