Witherspoon's Crusade Against the Paparazzi
August 8, 2005
Mega-star Reese Witherspoon is putting the paparazzi on notice. "There are moments when illegal things happen and action has to be taken," the actress insisted. "Sometimes people are put in dangerous situations. I mean I can imagine, I've been in a few myself, so it's frightening sometimes."
"Extra" caught up with Witherspoon while she did interviews for "Just like a Heaven," a movie in which she plays a ghost. But in addition to the movie, Witherspoon took some time to address her concerns about the paparazzi.
Just this April, Witherspoon was swarmed by photographers after a workout and felt her life was in danger. "I do think the paparazzi have rights," she said. "The first amendment is a very important part of our country -- our freedom -- but illegal behavior is not acceptable."
And Witherspoon revealed she had to make dramatic life changes because of the shutterbugs. "It has certainly changed some aspects of my life," she revealed. "There are places I don't go. I had to move out of my house and move into a different place."
Witherspoon and husband Ryan Phillippe have two children, and just like the character she plays in "Just like a Heaven," she's constantly in search of balance. "I definitely have moments where I'm trying to figure it all out, whether I should work or stay home," she admitted. "It's definitely a juggling act."
Witherspoon even brought her kids to the set while filming her latest movie. "They like to get on the walkie talkies and go, 'rolling,' and 'cut.'"
Withersoon told "Extra" she just wants to live her life, and she'd like the paparazzi to simply do what's legal. "We're all just people," she said. "We're trying to get along, but we should treat each other with respect. I respect them; I want them to respect me as well."