Both Reese Witherspoon and Britney Spears were already big names in the entertainment industry by their teens, but they had quite different experiences of fame at that age. This is why the actress thinks the media was so harsh when it came to Britney, but not herself.
The two stars became famous at the same time, even though they did in different areas, the parallels are unmistakable.
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But when it came to their early years, the media treated them very differently.
While the press would portray Reese as a ‘good girl’, the pop queen was labeled ‘bad’ along with other big names like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.
Now, in a new interview for Time Magazine, the actress explained why in her opinion.
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What if the media decided I was something else? I would be in a completely different position. I want to say it’s my decisions or the career choices I’ve made, but it felt really random. And a little shi ** y, ”she said of how the media treated her rather than how they portrayed Britney.
She also said at one point during the interview that while Britney was the one to get endless negative media coverage and paparazzi harassment, Reese was still not spared by the photographers either.
The actress remembers being followed “ to church, to school, to soccer practice ” while with her children.
Not only that, but she remembered a RV park in front of her house for days, hoping to get some exclusive photos in the property.
“My kids will tell you stories about being in kindergarten and people climbing on the roofs of our cars,” she shared about all the attention she got after divorcing Ryan.
But Reese considers herself lucky that yelling at the pushy paparazzi never ruined her reputation the way it has happened to other celebrities.