So you got to decide on the ending, too?
Nicole and I were talking about it, and after our long, long careers, it’s kind of remarkable that we feel it’s the first time people are actually listening to us – creatively, about the scripts, about the post-production and about the edit. When we step into those leadership roles, then the younger generations will know that’s possible, and hopefully will do even greater things.
How well do you get along with Nicole?
It really is a testament to female partnership how amazing we are together. We’re very fine as individuals, but we are extraordinary together because we support each other and completely understand what we’re trying to accomplish as a team. I’m so grateful for her.
How did Meryl joining the group change the dynamic?
She would wrap for the day and just put it all aside and say, “Where shall we go to dinner, girls? Are we having wine?” She would tell us stories about Kramer vs. Kramer and Sophie’s Choice … It makes me want to cry, thinking of all these amazing stories about her experiences she shared with us.
What’s new with the family?
My husband [Jim Toth] brought home a puppy. The children named him Lou. It’s been great! He’s an English Bulldog and so cute. My 6-year-old son [Tennessee] says, “He has blue eyes, just like me!” It’s provided a great sense of responsibility for my youngest.
What’s happening with your older kids?
My daughter [Ava, with ex Ryan Phillippe] is 19 and in college now. And my son [Deacon] is in high school. Neither one of them shows signs of wanting to be in the movie business, but my son is very interested in music. He’s 15 and he’s been driving, which is sort of terrifying.
Are they dating?
Lots of dating! My house is filled with teenagers all the time, which is so fun. It’s nice being the mum of a teenager. We have great conversations and we get to travel and talk about issues. But they sleep late, and I don’t. And I go to bed early and they don’t. And then I have a 6-year-old who is about to go to first grade, so it’s nice to have one in the young stages, too!
For more of our interview with Reese Witherspoon, check out this week's issue of WHO.