(CNN) When her husband, Ryan Phillippe, appeared at the 2002 Oscars, he was upset about his financial situation, and Reese Witherspoon was not excited about it.
The actress/producer talked about the moments that were all the rage. Phillippe said in a live broadcast that she was able to win the award because “you make more money than me.”
Witherspoon said in the HFPA of the Conversation Podcast: “I forgot what happened.”
“But you are right. He did say that. No, it was not based on the script. He didn’t tell me that he was going to say that before the broadcast. So I was a little confused at the time.
She said that although “great changes in gender norms have taken place since then,” successful women feel “ashamed”, especially when they make “a lot of money”.
The couple had two children and broke up in 2006.
Witherspoon added that after her daughter Ava was teased for her mother’s financial success, she returned home from elementary school in frustration at the age of 21.
“I said,’Never be ashamed of women who make money. There are women in this world who have no chance, no education or ability to make money. And, more women make more money and donate more Money will take care of their society, will take care of their community, and will do more with that money. So, never feel sad for making money for your mother, nor feel sad because you make money for yourself. Money, and Don’t be more embarrassed or ashamed than your partner.””