Actress Reese Witherspoon might be one of the big stars on the planet, but she’s confessed to being a “weird” parent.
The mum-of-three opened up about her relationship with her children during a recent interview with Conan O’Brien and admitted she’s not exactly your typical mother.
“I communicate with them in funny ways,” she told the host on Tuesday night’s episode of Conan. “I send them weird Snapchats of me doing old man voices and goofy teeth.”
“I like to haunt [Deacon] during the day, so I’ll send him pictures of disgusting animals and be like, ‘I’m feeling like this today,’ ” Reese, who is mum to teenagers Ava, 17, Deacon, 13, from her marriage to Ryan Phillippe and four-year-old Tennessee with current husband Jim Toth explained.
“And I’ll put #mondayfeels’ or something like that … I just try to gross him out.”
Reese appeared on the late night talk show to promote new HBO comedy miniseries Big Little Lies in which she plays Madeline Martha Mackenzie a wealthy, strong-willed and feared mum-of-two, who becomes embroiled in a whodunit murder mystery.
Discussing her own relationship with her children, the star admitted things were definitely changing now they were getting older.
She said: “I guess I’m kind of strict about stuff, but it’s funny, once you start to have teenagers, and they become more adult, and you have these relationships that emerge with them. My daughter said the other day, ‘It’s like we look like Dad, but we got our weirdness from you.’”
While the Reese has brought her children up in Los Angeles, she admitted her daughter had picked up some of her Southern charms.
“When I get really mad, I get really Southern,” she told the host.
“I’ll give you a ‘sit-to’ which just means you have to sit down and listen to what I have to say. If you really make me mad, then I give you ‘what-for,’ which is a whole other thing you don’t want to get involved in… My daughter says the other day — she’s born in California, but she said, ‘And I gave that person a sit-to, and I told them what-for.’ It’s seeping in, I’m so excited!”
Lookalike daughter Ava joined her mum on the red carpet for the premiere of the comedy in Los Angeles last month and had nothing but praise for the beauty on Instagram afterwards.
She wrote alongside a picture of the duo: “So proud of my awesome mama and her passion for this project.
“It is so nice to see these wonderful, talented women in roles just as dynamic as they are. #biglittlelies.”
Written by Ally McBeal’s David E. Kelley and based on Liane Moriarty’s 2014 novel, Big Little Lies sees Reese appear alongside Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley as mums of first-grade students whose perfect lives are ruined by the murder of an unknown victim at a school trivia night.
Laura Dern, Alexander Skarsgård, Zoë Kravitz and Adam Scott make-up the impressive cast for the seven-episode series.
Co-star Kidman acted as an executive-producer alongside Witherspoon and the two Hollywood heavyweights worked tirelessly behind the scenes to bring the story to the small screen.
Shot over 88-days in Monterey, California Witherspoon convinced French director Jean-Marc Vallée, who she worked with on the critically acclaimed Wild, to direct the project.
Aside from her cameo appearance on Friends as Rachel’s sister Jill, Big Little Lies it is the Walk The Line actress’ first venture into television.
Speaking at the premiere last month, she confessed to being nervous over the show’s success.
“Nicole [Kidman] and I worked so hard to get this book to the screen and put together this cast and find the director and the writer, so it’s just exciting to see the fruits of all that come here and see people excited about it.”
It doesn’t look like Reese had too much to be worry about as Big Little Lies has received rave reviews and averaged 7 million viewers an episode across multiple platforms.
No word yet on whether a second series will be commissioned following Sunday night’s finale, which trended on Twitter just behind juggernaut The Walking Dead.
Speculation on whether a second series is even possible, being that it was billed as a “limited series” and shot as a seven-hour rather than standard television series could mean that fans are left wanting more.