Reese Witherspoon graces the cover of Marie Claire October 2011 and gets up-close and personal in the interview for the magazine discussing her experiences and post divorce recovery. Get all the details in probably one of the most personal interviews given by the actress so far.

For the October 2011 edition, the well known magazine Marie Claire chose the beloved actress Reese Wihterspoon for the front cover. The October 2011 edition, which will hit the newsstands on September 20, features an interesting artistic black and white pictorial with the actress that matches the feeling of closeness created by the interview.

The interview for the magazine gives us the chance to look a little closer into Reese's life as she reveals some of her less noticeable personality traits as well as some of the experiences that have had an important impact on her life, including her divorce with Ryan Phillippe. A definitely unpleasant experience for virtually anyone, the separation has had quite an impact on the actress even though she didn't fully realized it at the time.

"I was hard on myself when I got divorced. And until I got remarried, I don't think I realized how stressed I was. I feel so much relief. I don't think I recognized how anxious I was about being a single parent. It was really, really stressful. It's not easy on anybody. I think Nora Ephron says in one of her books, 'You know, don't kid yourself, divorce is really hard on your children. It's really hard. Children will not be better for it. I mean, there are extenuating circumstances. I'm sure everybody's life is different, so I shouldn't say that. But it's really traumatic. Now I feel a great sense of relief and an incredible amount of support from my husband."

Reese Witherspoon Covers Marie Claire October 2011 Reese Witherspoon Covers Marie Claire October 2011 Reese Witherspoon Covers Marie Claire October 2011

The support provided by her husband  Jim Toth is definitely something the diva now feels extremely grateful for, especially since she was almost made to believe that she will have a much harder time being accepted by other men due to the fact that she has children. Fortunately, the actress took this advice as a challenge to prove the exact opposite.

She explains: “You know, somebody close to me once said, 'Oh, no man will ever accept your children.' And I just thought it was the most horrifying thing someone has ever said to me in my entire life. I was determined to find somebody who would make that not true. And I got lucky. I did. I got very lucky, and he's wonderful. And so wonderful with the children. I'm very blessed."

Although we might be used to see Reese as confident and self assured, the diva confesses that has her own fears and that her confidence levels have fluctuated over the years: "I'm scared to speak in public. I'm really nervous about it. It's weird, because on a movie set, I'm fine. But I get really nervous in front of crowds. I used to shake when I talked at these conferences. I've gotten over so many phobias. Five years ago, I was terrified to travel. I was scared to leave my kids."

"It's still not the best feeling. But this is an opportunity to turn the spotlight on something that's important to me."I always had a lot of confidence when I was younger, and then I think I got a little nervous in my 20s," she confesses. "But now I feel better. Now I'm in my 30s, totally better. A little more confident again. Not as scared." Read the entire interview with the 'Water for Elephants' actress in the latest Marie Claire issue.

Reese Witherspoon Covers Marie Claire October 2011

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