Reese Witherspoon has revealed that having children made her clearer about who she was as a person.

The actress has three children; Ava (14) and Deacon (9) with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe and Tennessee (1) with husband Jim Toth.

Witherspoon told Elle, “Somebody was saying to me the other day ‘Oh, people get less interesting when they have kids’. I just don’t think that’s true.

“I feel like I was so confused before I had kids, I almost got in my own way.”

She continued, “Having kids made me clearer about who I was as a woman. I just wanted to exhibit good qualities for my daughter. I was a little competitive before I had kids – probably really competitive, to be honest. It really made me let go of that.”