Reese Witherspoon Says You Should “Edit Your Friendships”

Reese Witherspoon thinks some friendships need an overhaul.

On Friday, the actress shared her thoughts on how she has maintained her friendships over the years during an interview at Inbound 2023, an annual networking conference hosted by Hubspot in Boston.

“Edit. Edit your friendships,” Witherspoon told host and NBC News Daily anchor Zinhle Essamuah. “Everyone out here over 40 knows it. If you don’t contribute to my life, then get the hell out of my life.”

She continued: “My grandmother always said, ‘People are either radiators or drains.’ Stay near radiators and clear drains.’”

At the start of the conversation, Essamuah read a statement from what she likely named a friend of Reese’s not wants to banish from her life: fellow actress Laura Dern.

According to Essamuah, Dern said in the statement that she believes Reese is the “gold standard of what it means to be a champion.” She has always been a supporter of art and other artists, as well as her friends and family.”

Reese Witherspoon photographed on stage at INBOUND 2023 on September 8, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Reese Witherspoon photographed on stage at INBOUND 2023 on September 8, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Reese and Dern, who starred in the HBO series Big Little Lies, have celebrated their friendship numerous times over the years.

In a 2020 interview with Vanity FairReese called Dern her “sister.”

“You know, you meet people, you’re friends with people, but I say about a few women in my life, they’re my sisters,” she said. “I don’t have a sister and I found my sister in Laura. Nobody makes me laugh like Laura. She’s magical.”

Last March, Dern celebrated Reese’s birthday an Instagram postby writing that it was “International I Love Reese Witherspoon Day.”

“Happy birthday to my amazing sister,” she wrote.

Reese announced in March that she and now-ex-husband Jim Toth were calling it quits after 12 years of marriage.

“We have enjoyed so many wonderful years together and move forward with deep love, kindness and mutual respect for everything we have created together,” the couple said in a statement at the time.

Reese and Toth finalized their divorce last month. accordingly TMZ. The former couple has a son together, 10-year-old Tennessee. Reese also has two adult children, Ava and Deacon Phillippe, with her ex-husband, actor Ryan Phillippe.

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