Britney Spears and Reese Witherspoon had been each stars by their teenage years, but the Oscar winner reveals why she thinks the media handled her nicely whereas portraying Brit ‘badly.’
Even although they labored in several professions, actress Reese Witherspoon, 45, and singer Britney Spears, 39, had some very comparable life parallels as they rose to stardom on the identical time. Yet the best way the media handled the 2 girls of their youthful years was utterly the alternative. Reese is explaining how she was thought of a “good” lady by the media, whereas Britney got lumped in as “bad,” with the likes of then-hard partying Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton, the Big Little Lies star tells Time journal.
“What if the media had decided I was something else? I would be in a totally different position,” she says of her ascension from acclaimed teen movie actress to full on revered film star by the point she was an grownup. “I want to say it’s my decisions or the career choices I made, but it felt very arbitrary. And kind of sh***y,” about how cruelly the media handled Britney, whereas Reese was proven a better regard.
Both women broke massive in 1999. Reese obtained widespread essential approval for her position as extremely bold teen Tracy Flick in the highschool drama Election, in addition to starring as Annette in Cruel Intentions, the enduring teen-retelling of Dangerous Liaisons. That identical yr Britney launched her debut album ….Baby One More Time, with the title track and legendary music video propelling her to nearly on the spot superstardom.
In 2001, Reese transitioned out of teen roles with the comedy smash Legally Blonde, establishing her as a authentic main girl and field workplace draw. That yr noticed Britney drop her third studio album that included the smashes “I’m A Slave 4 U,” “Overprotected,” and “Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman.”
Both girls additionally married younger. Reese was solely 23 when she wed fellow actor Ryan Phillippe in 1999. Britney was the identical age when she tied the knot with dancer Kevin Federline in 2004. But by that time, the singer had change into a media goal for her 2002 breakup with Justin Timberlake. He just about accused her of dishonest in his video for “Cry Me a River,” that includes a Britney look alike openly stepping out on him. Britney had additionally taken warmth for what some mentioned was her sexualized picture, which included her notorious dance onstage with a snake in a brilliant attractive outfit to “I’m A Slave 4 U” on the 2001 MTV VMAs. The vicious media therapy of Britney was highlighted within the Feb. 2021 New York Times Presents documentary Framing Britney Spears.
While Britney obtained relentless paparazzi consideration and unfavourable press, Reese mentioned she was nonetheless a goal of photographers. Both girls went by means of divorces in 2006 and every had two younger kids on the time. The Wild star recalled how she was adopted to such tame places as “to church, to school, to soccer practice” and that an RV parked exterior of her home for a time making an attempt to get photographs into her house.
“My children will tell you stories about being in preschool and people climbing on the roofs of our cars,” she says of the eye she obtained following her break up from Ryan. But Reese additionally considers herself fortunate that each one of the occasions that the paparazzi filmed her screaming at them with their cameras in hand, it “never stuck” to her “reputation” because it did with different well-known stars. As each an actress and a savvy producer, Reese is now one of essentially the most revered girls in Hollywood.