In 2006, two famous blonde women divorced their less famous husbands.
They both had two children. They were both hounded by the paparazzi. They were both caught on camera screaming at the photographers and journalists who were following their every move, while they went through one of the toughest periods of their lives.
One of them was labelled a 'bad girl' and the other one was labelled a 'good girl'.
The bad girl was Britney Spears. The good girl was Reese Witherspoon.
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Fifteen years on, Witherspoon is one of the most powerful women in Hollywood. And Spears doesn't have access to her own bank account.
Witherspoon believes her life could have gone down a completely different track if the media had treated her the way they treated Spears.
Instead, she was labelled 'America's sweetheart' and her indiscretions hardly made headlines.
“What if the media had decided I was something else? I would be in a totally different position,” she told TIME Magazine this week. “I want to say it’s my decisions or the career choices I made, but it felt very arbitrary. And kind of sh*tty.”
Witherspoon told the publication she was also filmed screaming at the cameras, but it never stuck to her. It didn't tarnish her reputation like it did to Spears, Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton, and many other famous women from that era.
At the height of her career, Witherspoon moved her family to Nashville and since then she has mostly been able to live her life out of the intense spotlight of Hollywood. She's been able to guide her own narrative and build her own brand.
Most of us first met Witherspoon in the late 1990s as the fresh-faced, angelic high school student Annette Hargrove in the teen psychological thriller, Cruel Intentions. It was on the set of that movie that she met her future husband and father of her two children, Ryan Phillippe. The man she would be separating from in 2006.
After Cruel Intentions, Witherspoon went on to star in the cult comedy franchise, Legally Blonde. The movie made her a household name and further cemented her image as the 'good girl'.
She then found a niche in romantic comedies starring in films like Sweet Home Alabama, Just Like Heaven and Four Holidays.
By the mid-noughties we started to see a more serious side of Witherspoon, with roles in Walk the Line, Rendition and Devil's Knot.
In 2014, she moved behind the camera. She started her own production company, Pacific Standard, and produce Gone Girl, the blockbuster movie based on Gillian Flynn's New York Times bestselling book of the same name. She then produced and starred in Wild, based on Cheryl Strayed's bestselling memoir.