Celebrities are among the lucky people who can easily afford to have a financial adviser on call. After all, they’re usually dealing with vast amounts of money that need to be managed.
That doesn’t mean that your favorite stars are exempt from having run-ins with money experts that give them awful advice. Actress Reese Witherspoon has her own experience to share.
The 44-year-old actress recalls an instance when her financial adviser bluntly advised her to start saving because she wouldn’t have much of a career in Hollywood as she enters her 40s.
She was just 37 years old when she was told this. Witherspoon said that he put on an apologetic tone, but she knew he wasn’t apologizing for being harshly honest with her.
Admittedly, the remark sent her into a frenzy and caused her to panic, seemingly believing what the financial adviser had told her. The ‘Legally Blonde’ actress ended up firing the professional soon after.
Proving Him Wrong
Witherspoon certainly didn’t agree with the rather ageist tip from her former financial adviser. For her, age cannot be a limit to creativity because creativity is endless.
She then talked about the insatiable thirst inside artists and her fellow actors to create herself included. Now, she feels lucky to be able to see the things she imagines be made through her own production company, Hello Sunshine.
Knowing how difficult it is to age as a woman in Hollywood, Witherspoon created Hello Sunshine to focus on female-driven projects. Thus, she’s also able to develop complex roles for herself in productions like the film ‘Wild’ and many more.
Women for Women
While her acting chops and producing acumen certainly made her projects a success, Witherspoon didn’t fail to acknowledge the help she got from fellow female creatives she worked with.
As she shares, she and actresses like Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern often brainstorm with each other so they can create a surplus of roles for people like them to work on.
That said, Witherspoon isn’t afraid to come up with roles and stories that shed light on the real experiences of women. This includes topics like domestic violence and assault, which often make others uncomfortable to talk about.
The ‘The Morning Show’ star revealed that she decided to do all of this when she realized that talented actresses are often made to play ‘thankless parts.’