Reese Witherspoon talks getting married at age 23 to Ryan Phillippe: ‘I would never change anything’

Reese Witherspoon is getting candid about her choice to get married to ex-husband Ryan Phillippe at 23.

In an interview on ITV’s Lorraine, shared on Thursday, the Big Little Lies star hinted she may have been too young when she wed the father of her first two children.

Speaking about her new film, Home Again, Witherspoon said of her character, “It’s about that next chapter in your life. What do you do when you get to 40 and you’ve made a decision when you were 25 to get married and have kids?”

Witherspoon and Phillippe first met in 1997 at the starlet’s 21st birthday party, they married just two years later. They share two children together: Ava, 18 and Deacon, 13.

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Actor Ryan Phillippe and girlfriend actress Reese Witherspoon, stars of the new film "Cruel Intentions," pose together at the film's premiere February 25 in Los Angeles. The film is a tale of seduction and betrayal and sexual conquest among wealthy teenagers. The film opens in the United States March 5. FSP/ELD/ME
SOUTHHAMPTON,LI,NY - JULY 7: Actress Reese Witherspoon and actor Ryan Phillippe attend the 'Legally Blonde' Southhampton Premiere on July 7, 2001 at the United Artists Cinemas in Southhampton, Long Island, New York. (photo by Ron Galella/Wireimage)
Actor Ryan Phillippe and actress Reese Witherspoon attend the 'Gosford Park' New York City Premiere on December 3, 2001 at Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Ryan Phillippe and actress Reese Witherspoon attend the Sixth Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards on May 9, 2000 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Reese Witherspoon and actor Ryan Phillippe attend 'The Importance of Being Earnest' New York City Premiere on May 13, 2002 at Paris Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actor Ryan Phillippe and actress Reese Witherspoon attend the 'Legally Blonde' Southhampton Premiere on July 7, 2001 at the United Artists Cinemas in Southhampton, Long Island, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actor Ryan Phillippe, one of the stars of the new film "Antitrust" and wife, actress Reese Witherspoon, are interviewed at the film's premiere Janaury 10, 2001 in Los Angeles. The film also stars Rachel Leigh Cook and is about the high stakes world of computer technology and opens January 12 in the United States. FSP/RCS
Actress Reese Witherspoon and her husband Ryan Phillippe pose for photographers at the "Legally Blonde 2" premiere in New York June 30, 2003. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton PP03070001 SS
U.S. actor Ryan Phillippe and wife U.S. actress Reese Witherspoon arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Crash" at The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, April 26, 2005. REUTERS/Michael Buckner MB
Actors Ryan Phillippe (L) and wife Reese Witherspoon pose for the photographers as they arrive for the premiere of the film 'Vanity Fair,' in New York, on August 16, 2004. REUTERS/Dave Allocca AF
Actress Reese Witherspoon (R) and her husband Ryan Phillippe arrive for the premiere of the film "Walk The Line" in New York November 13, 2005. REUTERS/Keith Bedford
Actress Reese Witherspoon and her husband, actor Ryan Phillippe, arrive at the 63rd annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 16, 2006. Witherspoon is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture for Musical or Comedy for "Walk the Line." REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Husband and wife actors Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon arrive at the premiere of 'Flags of Our Fathers' in New York October 16, 2006. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES)
Actress Reese Witherspoon and husband, actor Ryan Phillippe, pose as they arrive at the 12th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California January 29, 2006. Witherspoon is nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role for her role in the film "Walk the Line.'
Actress Reese Witherspoon (L) and her husband actor Ryan Phillippe arrive at the 12th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California January 29, 2006. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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Witherspoon quickly made the connection to her own life, admitting, “I got married when I was 23 and I had two kids by the time I was 27.”

Witherspoon and Phillippe divorced in 2007. “I don’t know, sometimes it’s good to know yourself [first]," she said before clarifying, “I would never change anything.”

While the Oscar and Emmy-winning actress wouldn’t have done anything differently in her life, that doesn’t mean she wants her 18-year-old daughter to follow that same path.

“I’ve said to my daughter, I think you know, at 25 you start to know yourself a little bit better,” Witherspoon advised.

Despite the split, both Witherspoon and Phillippe have remained close and successfully co-parent their two children. Witherspoon later married talent agent Jim Toth in 2011 and had her third child, 5-year-old son, Tennessee.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 06: Ava Elizabeth Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon attend NET-A-PORTER x Draper James Event on June 6, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for NET-A-PORTER)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Ava Elizabeth Phillippe (L) and actress Reese Witherspoon attend the premiere of HBO's 'Big Little Lies' at TCL Chinese Theatre on February 7, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Ava Elizabeth Phillippe (L) and actor Reese Witherspoon attend the premiere of HBO's 'Big Little Lies' at the TCL Chinese Theater on February 7, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30: Honoree Reese Witherspoon (L) and Ava Phillippe attend with FIJI Water at 29th American Cinematheque Awards honoring Reese Witherspoon on October 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for FIJI Water)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30: Actress Reese Witherspoon, daughter Ava Phillippe (L) and son Deacon Phillippe (R) arrive at the 29th American Cinematheque Award Honoring Reese Witherspoon at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on October 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Reese Witherspoon takes her daughter Ava Phillipe and son Tennessee Toth to the country market in Brentwood on September 07, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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Witherspoon goes on to reflect about the plot of Home Again in which her character starts a budding romance with a much younger man.

“I couldn’t think of another movie where the woman was older and the guy was younger, other than The Graduate,” she said of her Hallie Meyers-Shyer directed film. “We always see older men with younger women on screen,” the actor-producer added.

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