Before deciding to act full-time, Reese Witherspoon
, 26, spent a year at Stanford. "I was always more interested in studying than in boys," she says. Her career won out over college, and the star of The Importance of Being Earnest
found a boy to boot, settling down in L.A. with actor Ryan Phillippe
, 27, her husband of nearly three years and the father of 2-year-old Ava. "They're adorable together," says Legally Blonde
costar Matthew Davis. Says pal Rachel Bati, an L.A. talent manager: "I come over at night and she's making dinner, and Ryan's playing with Ava." Witherspoon too gets a kick out of parenthood. "I go to music lessons with her, and I'm having as much fun as she is, singing and dancing around," she says. Luckily, given the demands on her time, the 5'3" actress is low-maintenance, using Dove soap and Clarins sunscreen to care for her skin. "She has unbelievably beautiful skin," says Bati. What she doesn't have—thanks to a dramatic cut last year—is her long hair. "I miss it," says Witherspoon. "I'm taking vitamins, waiting for it to grow back."