Looks like Reese Witherspoon is taking the saying "grin and bear it" to heart in the wake of her Apr. 19 arrest for disorderly conduct. On Wednesday, Apr. 24, five days after the Oscar winner and husband Jim Toth were briefly jailed in Atlanta, a beaming Witherspoon reemerged on the West Coast in seemingly better spirits.
Wearing a purple blouse, gold jewelry and black sunglasses, the Mud actress flashed her trademark megawatt smile as she exited a car in L.A. She looked happy and relaxed -- a stark change from her stiffer, more reserved appearance at Sunday's New York City screening of Mud, which happened just hours after she made headlines for her run-in with the law.
The 37-year-old Legally Blonde star has been keeping a low profile in recent days as she deals with the fallout from her arrest. After the Cinema Society screening of her movie at Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art, she went on a media blackout, canceling previously scheduled appearances on Good Morning America and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
"I clearly had one drink too many, and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said," she told Us Weekly in a statement from her rep. "The words I used that night definitely do not reflect who I am. I have nothing but respect for the police and I'm very sorry for my behavior."
According to a police report on the incident, Witherspoon argued with the arresting officer while CAA agent Toth, 41, was being given a sobriety test. (He was pulled over for weaving into the lane for oncoming traffic.) Ignoring the officer's instructions to remain in the vehicle, she reportedly challenged his authority, saying, "Do you know my name? ... You're about to find out who I am."
In the days since, the actress and mom of three -- to Ava, 13, and Deacon, 9, with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe; and Tennessee, 6 months, with Toth -- has been leaning on her inner circle for support. On Sunday, she met up with friends including Cameron Diaz, Michael Keaton, Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann, and Chelsea Handler at the Greenwich Hotel in New York.
"Nobody was drunk -- it was pretty tame," a source told Us of the group, who sipped on San Pellegrino. "They all seemed really happy. There was no indication that there was anything wrong."