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September 30, 2002
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Though she’s currently appearing in two movies requiring her to be dressed to the nines – albeit in very different styles - U.S. actress Reese Witherspoon admits that off-screen, “we’d all be in trouble” if she had to choose her own wardrobe.

Unlike other Hollywood actresses who like to manage their own image and spend a lot of time and effort deciding how to package themselves, Reese, who was voted one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People this year, says baldly; “I have no inclination towards fashion.”

Ironically, she plays a clothes designer in her latest film, the romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama, which is just out in the US but doesn’t hit European screens till later in the year.

And in her other most recent role as Cecily in director Oliver Parker’s “impertinent” new take on Oscar Wilde’s classic play The Importance Of Being Earnest, Reese is decked out in full period costume alongside British actors Colin Firth, Rupert Everett and Dame Judi Dench.

“I have wonderful people in my life who pick out wonderful clothes for me,” explains Reese. “I mean, I like fashion and I love looking at it. But I get to get all that out in the movies, and then, you know, it’s just not practical for motherhood and everyday life.”

The diminutive (5’2”) 26-year-old, who’s married to fellow actor Ryan Phillippe, has a three-year-old daughter, Ava. And, just like any other young mum; “I have to have clothes that wash easy, that peanut butter and jelly won’t make a stain on,” she laughs.

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Reese in her new movie Sweet Home Alabama, in which she plays a fashion designer. In real life, though Reese says she has no desire to dress up and that glam clothes "just aren't practical" for her role as a mum to toddler Ava