Reese Witherspoon: The Southern Living Interview

Reese Witherspoon came home to Nashville, Tennessee to share how her Southern heritage shaped her character and inspired her new clothing line, Draper James.


As a southern woman, I would probably not leave the house without make-up on. [LAUGH] I was always told by my mom, it was like, just put a little blush on. Even when I was young, she was always like, you just look better with a little blush on. I loved growing up in the south. It was A wonderful time. I grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and I walked to school. And then after school I would walk to my grandmother's house and she would make dinner for myself and my brother every night. And it was just kind of a simpler life. Now I've traveled all around the world and I know what it's like to live in other cities. It's just now I'm in the place in my life where I just really wanna come back home and And you know, live that kind of same life that I did before I got. We have a lot of family traditions and southern traditions. I think, you know, I love you know, getting dressed up. I think southern people have an inherent style. You know everybody loves to get dressed up for a dinner party whether you're a man or a woman and It's fun to be able to help design these dresses that I think are great party looks and great jewelry that I think people will really love to pass on to their daughter. It's a very emotional thing, you know, to sort of the way that I'm sort of relying on southern traditions and things that my grandmother had and kind of trying to carry those traditions over through the line, Draper James. The inspiration behind my new clothing line, Draper James, is my grandparents, Dorothea Draper and my grandfather, James Witherspoon. And they were just incredibly generous people, incredibly gracious people, but quintessentially southern, you know? You never met a stranger, they were always very friendly, they had a very open house, and they loved to entertain. So I learned a lot about life and how to be from them. You know Southern living to me is sort of a relaxed easy lifestyle where people are friendly and everyone greets each other with hugs and No one's in a hurry. [LAUGH] It's just a kind of laid back way to be, and I think more and more people are starting to discover what that is. So that's exciting. Southern Living
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