Reese Witherspoon often comes across as the ultimate Southern belle. But the Nashville-born actress admits she’s not always so refined at home, much to the dismay of her children.
“Well, I like to have dance party in the morning. Because I drink coffee in the night, I have lots of energy,” the Oscar-winning actress told TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager recently. “And it's mortifying to my children.”
Also embarrassing, particularly to her teenage daughter, are the trendy hashtags or acronyms Witherspoon likes to use when texting or on social media — like YOLO.
“Or LOL, BRB,” she said with a laugh. “Ava's like, ‘Oh my God, you have got to stop.’”
Witherspoon opened up to Hager during a tour of her new Nashville storefront for her business, Draper James, which sells a line of Southern-inspired women's apparel, accessories and home accents.
Witherspoon said it can be difficult balancing her Hollywood career with her recent job as a business owner, but she said she always makes sure she makes her family her top priority.
“The kids come first, no matter what,” she said. “My kids are so wonderful. I mean, they've been so supportive of what I do as a filmmaker, what I've been doing as an entrepreneur.”
Draper James is inspired by her Southern upbringing and named after Witherspoon’s grandparents, Dorothea Draper and Williams James Witherspoon, who played a large role in her childhood.
“My parents were around and they were lovely but they were working all the time and so my grandmother picked me up from school every day and made my dinner every night ” she said. “Grandparents are amazing and it's so important to honor those people in our lives.”