The 'Cruel Intentions' actress talks about the ups and downs of costarring with her fiancé, Ryan Phillippe
Reese Witherspoon
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It was a match made in movie-marketing heaven. Just as ”Cruel Intentions” was hitting theaters on March 5, costars Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe announced they were not only engaged but were expecting a baby this fall. (The film finished No. 3 at the box office this past weekend.) But if everything sounds a little too perfect, Wither-spoon admits that playing opposite her betrothed wasn’t always bliss.

”There are definitely pitfalls to working together,” says the 22-year-old actress, who met her betrothed at her 21st-birthday party. ”I had to see him make out with a lot of really cute chicks. That was definitely difficult.” But leave it to a soon-to-be newlywed to find the bright side to watching Phillippe frolic with costars Selma Blair and Sarah Michelle Gellar. ”It’s great seeing someone you love take control of a scene,” Witherspoon gushes.

For the former child actress, who was once linked to ”Batman & Robin” star Chris O’Donnell, hooking up with a fellow thespian has the benefit of feeding her workaholic tendencies. ”We were always up all night trying to fix the script,” says Witherspoon of her life with Phillippe. ”’What did we not like about that scene? Why did that not work?’ The usual psychoses of all sorts that actors have.”

Psychoses aside, it seems the two young stars are in sync, at least when it comes to their equally busy work schedules. Witherspoon can next be seen in the dark comedy ”Election” (opening April 23) and ”Best Laid Plans” (opening in limited release next month), while Phillippe will strut his stuff with Woody Allen in ”Company Man” later this year. According to Witherspoon, their hectic schedules will never be obstacles to romantic bliss. ”We love our work, and that’s what drives us.”

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