July 17, 2020
Relationships in Hollywood are not known for their longevity, but for a select few, meeting their other half really is like the movies. For Reese Witherspoon and Jim Roth, it almost seemed destined.
But for every great romance, the essential story is the first meeting, and the couples meet-cute is right out of a romantic comedy.
HE RESCUED HER AT A PARTY
The couple, who was married in 2011, first got together when Witherspoon had broken up with fellow actor Jake Gyllenhaal.
During an interview, the actress revealed that she met the Hollywood talent agent in 2010, during a friend's party after a drunk guest had attempted to hit on her.
"Jim came over and said,'Please excuse my friend. He's just broken up with someone.' Jim was a really good friend, pulling him out of that situation. That's just kind of who he is, a really good person."
Before meeting Toth, the "Legally Blonde" star was married to star Ryan Phillippe, and they share two children.
The couple split in 2007, with both of them blaming their ages for their divorce. After the split, both of them have opened up about why they broke up.
The former couple met in 1997 during Reese's 21st birthday party.
Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon attend the New York City Premiere of "The Importance of Being Earnest" | Photo: Getty Images
During an interview in 2007, Phillipe said he believed the reason for their split was how young they were when they got married.
The former couple met in 1997 during Reese's 21st birthday party and the actress echoed his sentiments during an interview in 2017 when she said:
"I got married when I was 23 and I had two kids by the time I was 27. So I don’t know, you know, sometimes it’s good to know yourself,”
Ryan Phillippe and actress Reese Witherspoon attend the "Twilight" New York City Premiere on February 18, 1998 | Photo: Getty Images
INFIDELITY RUMORS LEAD TO A SPLIT
A year later, the pair were married in 1999, and three months later, they welcomed their daughter Ava. Four years later, their son Deacon was born.
However, in 2007, Reese and Phillipe got divorced. There were also rumors that Phillipe cheated on his wife with his "Stop-Loss" co-star Abbie Cornish while they were on set. After the break-up, he even dated Cornish until early 2010.
In 2010, Reese started dating Toth, and the pair quickly fell for each other, with a source sharing that it was his maturity that attracted the actress to him.
During an interview, Reese revealed that she had fallen in love with him because he made her feel safe and cared for, adding:
"Jim said,'I'm gonna show you every day what a good partner is, what a good person is. I'm going to take care of you. I'm gonna do this so much that you're gonna get used to it.'"
Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth attend The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2018 | Photo: Getty Images
HAVING CHILDREN AT AN OLDER AGE WAS DIFFICULT
In 2011, the couple got married in an intimate ceremony held at the actress' Ojai estate. Guests included Matthew McConaughey, Renne Zellweger, and Robert Downey Jr. Only a year later, they welcomed their first child, Tennessee James Toth.
She also said that while it had been scary to deliver a child when she was 23, there were definite benefits to being a young mother. She added that pregnancy had taken a more physical toll on her body at 37, and that she was glad she had had children earlier.
It seems that one of her children may be following in her footsteps into show business when it was revealed that her son Deacon is a musician.
The 16-year-old recently shared his first song "Long Run," featuring vocals by Nina Nesbitt. While he did not sing on the track, he served as the composer.