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- February 07, 2011
- Vol. 75
- No. 5
Ready to Wed! Reese's Mr. Right
Heartbreaks Behind Her, She Can't Wait to Marry the No-Drama Guy Who's 'All She Ever Really Wanted.' Now, to Decide on a Dress…
Clearly the 34-year-old Oscar winner is eager to embrace her new beginning. Four years after she split from ex-husband Ryan Phillippe, 36-with whom she shares custody of their kids Ava, 11, and Deacon, 7-the actress has found love again with the low-key Toth, 40. A savvy Hollywood insider minus the big-screen star baggage, "he gets her and her world," says a Witherspoon friend. "He is not intimidated. There's no competition. He's a grownup who's really ready to take the next step. He's a family-oriented guy, and that's all she ever really wanted." Still, even those closest to the actress have been "surprised," says an insider, by the lightning speed with which the couple of one year-who met via overlapping circles at CAA, where Toth is an agent and Witherspoon is repped-have gone from dating to engaged to finalizing wedding plans. Ready to start their life together, they've even discussed the possibility of having more children. Says a friend: "It feels right."
It's a long way from the heartbreak Witherspoon struggled with after her seven-year marriage to Phillippe crumbled. Their divorce was "very humiliating and very isolating," she told Elle in 2009. "You control very, very little....That was a revelation. Changed my life."
With Toth, say friends, she has learned to relax and enjoy herself-a welcome break for the famously type-A perfectionist. Unlike her high-profile relationships with Phillippe and actor Jake Gyllenhaal, 30, whom she dated for more than a year before things fizzled out in 2009, "with Jim, things are easy," says the insider. "He makes her laugh. She's truly enjoying her life right now."
It shows. Tucking into homemade pasta at Paris bistro Le Cherche Midi on Jan. 20 with a small group of friends, the bride-to-be "had a smile from one ear to the other," says one observer. And no wonder. Gearing up for her big day-and her new life-"she's very giddy," says the insider. "She's excited to see what the future holds."
- Jennifer Garcia/Los Angeles,
- Pernilla Cedenheim/Los Angeles,
- Peter Mikelbank/Paris.
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