Reese Witherspoon Gives Frank Explanation for Her 2013 Arrest

Reese WitherspoonEver since Legally Blonde came out in 2001, Reese Witherspoon unofficially became "America's Sweetheart." If I'm going to be completely honest here, I've felt bad that the Oscar winner has had to carry that burden -- yes, burden -- for the past 13 years. Of course there are worse things to be called, but "America's Sweetheart" is a LOT to live up to. It basically means she's perfect and always has to act and appear perfect -- no ifs, ands, or buts.

Except in 2013, Reese was arrested in Atlanta for disorderly conduct because she freaked out on a police officer while her husband Jim Toth was charged with a DUI. It wasn't a stellar moment for "America's Sweetheart" as she kept telling the officer she was an "American citizen" and even in a moment of panic claimed she was pregnant (she was not).

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But while promoting her upcoming (and Oscar buzzworthy) film Wild at the London Film Festival, Reese finally spoke out about her arrest, and I just loved what she had to say.

I think it was a moment where people realized that I wasn't exactly what they thought I was. I guess maybe we all like to define people by the way the media presents them, and I think that I showed I have a complexity that people didn't know about. It's part of human nature. I made a mistake. We all make mistakes. The best you can do is say sorry and learn from it and move on.

And you can't help but love Reese even more after an honest answer like that. She didn't offer excuses or attitude like we've come to expect from stars, she just told it like it is.

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She's human and not some perfect robot the media has created. But that doesn't mean she's not a good person just because she made a mistake -- that she owns up to. And it certainly doesn't make her any less talented. In fact, it looks like Wild could add one more Oscar to her collection. Fingers crossed!

What did you think of Reese's 2013 arrest and her comments about it?

 

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