Reese Witherspoon Was “Flummoxed” By Ryan Phillippe’s Money Joke At The 2002 Oscars

Reese Witherspoon recalls iconic comment from Ryan Phillippe!

In a recent podcast “The HFPA in Conversation”, the Legally Blonde actress, Reese Witherspoon revisited a moment from the 2002 Oscar Awards that happened on-stage between her and her then-husband Ryan Phillippe.


In the interview, this headline-worthy situation was brought up which Reese herself seemed to have forgotten.

So, what exactly happened between Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe at the 2002 Oscar Awards?

Taking a trip down memory lane, Reese Witherspoon recalled the incident where Ryan Phillippe’s comment had left the 44-year-old actress “a little bit flummoxed in the moment”.

The duo was presenting the award for the Best Make-up category which was won by “The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”, alongside each other. The actress had asked her husband whether she could ‘read’ the winner’s name to which the now 46-year-old actor made the iconic quip, “You make more[money] than I do, go ahead”.

According to Reese, the actress was left “a little bit flummoxed in the moment, too” especially since it was unscripted, and came out of the blue.

“But you’re right, he did say that, and no, it wasn’t scripted, and he didn’t tell me he was going to say that before it happened on air.”, Witherspoon revealed in the podcast. “So I was a little bit flummoxed in the moment, too.”

Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe were married to each other from 1999 to 2008. The couple starred together in the 1999 romance movie “Cruel Intentions”.

Reese’s views on women who are financially successful

The actress whose career has skyrocketed since then, also revealed she does not exactly know what made her ex-husband say what he did at that moment but said that women generally face a lot of hurdles when they achieve financial success like she did.

“There’s so few women that make a lot of money that sometimes they’re shamed for it, and sometimes they are expected to give more and do more to others in the same position that, say, a male movie star would not be expected to.” Witherspoon explained. “But I do think gender norms have changed quite a bit since that moment…”


Reese Witherspoon’s valuable lesson to her daughter

Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe have two children from their wedlock, the now 21-year-old daughter Ava and 17-year-old son Deacon.

Reese also looked back on teaching Ava a valuable life lesson, in the podcast. Witherspoon revealed that her eldest daughter came home from school in tears one day with the complaint that someone had told her that her mother was one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses which made her feel “so embarrassed”.


Reese continued, “I said, ‘Don’t ever feel ashamed of a woman making money. There are women all over this world who don’t have an opportunity or an education or the ability to make money. And the more women who make more money, will give more money away, will take care of their societies, will take care of their communities, will do more with that money. So don’t ever feel bad about your mom making money, and don’t ever feel bad if you make money, and don’t be embarrassed or ashamed if it’s more than your partner.’”

Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe divorced in 2007 however the actress is still going strong when it comes to being one of Hollywood’s highest earners. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the star’s net worth is a whopping $200 million owing to her success as both an actress and a producer.

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