REESE Witherspoon admitted she was “flummoxed” by ex-husband Ryan Philippe’s quip at the 2002 Oscars about her making “more money.”
The 44-year-old actress recalled the incident during a recent appearance on the HFPA in Conversation podcast.
During the 2002 Oscars ceremony, Reese and her then-husband Ryan presented onstage together.
Before Ryan opened the envelope to announce the category’s winner, the Cruel Intentions star handed the envelope to Reese and said: “You make more money than I do.”
After admitting she “forget that ever happened,” the actress said on the podcast: “You’re right, he did say that, and no, it wasn’t scripted, and he didn’t tell me he was going to say that before it happened on air.
“So I was a little bit flummoxed in the moment, too.”
She also opened up about the pressure women face as they achieve success, stating: “There’s so few women that make a lot of money that sometimes they’re shamed for it, and sometimes they are expected to give more and do more and be more to others in the same position that, say, a male movie star would not be expected to.
“But I do think gender norms have changed quite a bit since that moment in 2000 or something.”
Reese and Ryan, 46, tied the knot in June 1999.
The former couple, who split in 2006, share daughter Ava, 21, and son Deacon, 17.
The Legally Blonde actress began dating talent agent Jim Toth, 50, in 2010.
They married in March 2011 and share eight-year-old son Tennessee together.
Meanwhile, Ryan’s ex Alexis Knapp, 31, gave birth to their daughter Kai in 2011.
The Shooter actor has not been married since he divorced Reese.
Many fans have noticed that the former couple’s daughter bears a striking resemblance to Reese.
Earlier this month, the Oscar-winning actress posted a cute photo to Instagram that showed the mother-daughter duo wearing matching festive sweaters.
She joked that she had to “beg” her eldest child to wear the pullover from her own clothing line, Draper James.
The Big Little Lies actress captioned the photo: “Ok. It’s 💯 true that I had to beg her to wear a matching Holiday sweater…. but isn’t it CUTE??!! #humorme #itsamomthing @draperjames”