Reese Witherspoon: children stopped her from self-obsession
The 34-year-old actress - who has two children, 11-year-old daughter Ava and seven-year-old son Deacon, with her ex-husband Ryan Phillippe - believes being a young mother changed her perspective and made her less focused on her career.
She said: "My children are the best part of my day. I used to be very competitive and aggressive but when I had my first child at 22, it put my whole life in perspective and helped me get out of my very narrow-minded focus on my career. Having kids stops the endless cycle of self-obsession."
The `Water for Elephants` actress recently got engaged to Hollywood agent Jim Toth - who she met just months after ending her two-year relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal in late 2009 and Reese feels "lucky" to have got another chance at love.
She told Closer magazine: "I am lucky I`ve had a few shots getting second chances. That`s nice. I thought I knew everything about love and relationships in my 20s - the ignorance of youth is bliss.
"As you get older, you start to realise that you don`t really know anything and life is a great travelling journey. Life is unexpected - you just never know what`s going to happen. I would love to have more kids."
The Oscar-winning actress also admitted she would rather people praised her sense of humour rather than her looks.
She said: "I always say funny doesn`t sag, which seems like a good rule of thumb. People should be more interested in your personality than how you look in a bikini. As an actress, you think about longevity, probably more than men. You hope to have a long lasting career."