Reese Witherspoon wouldn’t rule out a career in politics.
The Big Little Lies star has said she’ll “never say never” to moving from a Hollywood career to one in political office in the future, but isn’t interested in changing career paths right now.
In an interview on the SmartLess podcast, she was asked if she has any political aspirations. She said: “I wouldn’t say never, because I don’t know where I’m going to be when I’m, you know, 65.”
And if Reese did follow a career in politics, she would love to use her platform to push for “better representation” for women and minority groups.
She added: “I think we need better representation and balance. Women are 50 per cent of the population, but we’re not 50 per cent of the representation in government, which is bizarre, particularly when they’re adjudicating over our bodies.
“And the lack of representation of people of colour, who make up a large, almost majority of this country. What about balance, you know? Just yin and yang. Male, female balance.”
The 44-year-old actress runs her own production company, Hello Sunshine, which predominantly employs women, and said her company doesn’t put value on making a certain staff member “number one”.
She said: “It’s interesting how no one needs to be the number one. We sort of pass the baton almost. It’s always kind of deferring power or sharing responsibility. So it’s almost this power balance and that there’s no one person sort of dictating or mandating exactly what’s going to happen. It’s collective ideas. And it works really well.”
Meanwhile, Reese previously revealed she credits her children with “inspiring” her to speak out on social issues.
The actress — who has Ava, 21, and Deacon, 17, whom she has with her ex-husband Ryan Phillippe, and seven-year-old Tennessee, with her spouse Jim Toth — explained: “Well, I have a lot of inspiration from having two teenagers in my house. Somewhere I read, ‘If you’re not talking about race and class and wealth and equality and social issue with your children they are talking about it with someone else.’ That hit me very profoundly because this is the world they are inheriting. If we don’t take our positions of influence, whatever your influence is … you have the power to influence thoughts and ideas.” — BANG