Witherspoon: Women should be proud
Published 29/04/2013 | 14:19
Reese Witherspoon has said women needs to find a balance between being an "arrogant jerk" and being proud of their own success.
The Oscar-winning actress last week confessed she was "deeply embarrassed" after she was arrested for disorderly conduct when she drunkenly refused to stay in the car while her husband was given a field sobriety test and demanded of the police officer: "Do you know my name?"
In an unfortunately timed interview with Red magazine, the 37-year-old actress and mother-of-three talks about feminism and said she thought women needed to be allowed to "show off" their success.
Reese said: "As women, we shrug and smile and say, 'Oh...me?' because it makes it socially acceptable for us to be successful. But there is a balance between being an arrogant jerk and being someone who is proud of their accomplishments.
"We need to let successful women show off and support them. Because men don't spend any time putting themselves down. They don't waste their breath. You have to be the best version of yourself and, if that means you have to be a bit self-promoting, then it's OK. It really is. Because who's going to believe in you more than yourself? Other than, maybe, your mother."
The Legally Blonde star also talked about how her girl next door image meant fans trusted her.
She said: "Yeah, people definitely hug me a lot, and hand me their babies. But it's better than people throwing stuff at me, right? I'm always met with smiles."
The full interview in the June issue of Red magazine is on sale on May 1.