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Reese Witherspoon says Ryan Phillippe divorce led to career slump

"That was a tough year that followed," the actress admitted. "I spent a few years just trying to feel better."

By Annie Martin
Reese Witherspoon says Ryan Phillippe divorce led to career slump
Reese Witherspoon says her divorce from Ryan Phillippe led to her career slump. UPI/Jim Ruymen | License Photo

NEW YORK, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Reese Witherspoon says her divorce from Ryan Phillippe led to her career slump.

The 38-year-old actress discussed her split from the 40-year-old actor on Sunday's episode of 60 Minutes. Witherspoon and Phillippe divorced in 2007, and the star went on to make a series of unsuccessful films in the late 2000s and early 2010s.

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"That was a tough year that followed," she admitted. "I spent a few years just trying to feel better. You can't really be very creative when you feel like your brain is scrambled eggs."

"I was floundering career-wise because I wasn't making things I was passionate about, I was just kind of working," she said of flops such as Four Christmases (2008). "And it was really clear that audiences weren't responding to anything that I was putting out there."

Witherspoon and Phillippe have two children, 15-year-old Ava Elizabeth and 11-year-old Deacon Reese. The actress married talent agent Jim Toth in March 2011, and the couple have a two-year-old son, Tennessee James.

Witherspoon co-produced a critically successful David Fincher adaptation of Gillian Flynn novel Gone Girl, and co-produced and will star in a Jean-Marc Vallée adaptation of Cheryl Strayed autobiography Wild. The latter earned the star a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.

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