If you are a fan of 90s movies then you probably know that the 1990s delivered a seemingly endless supply of blockbuster hits, critical darlings, and cult classics. One such actress who made a breakthrough in the 1990s was Reese Witherspoon. She has consistently ranked among the world’s highest-paid actresses and she has been on the list of the 100 most influential people in the world and the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.
But do you know about her son Tennessee James Toth? Even though many might know about her as she is quite famous and successful but only a few know about her son. Tennessee is the first and only child of Witherspoon and Toth. As you might already know, Tennessee’s parents have been part of one of Hollywood’s most stable marriages since the early 2010s.
The moviegoers always have that lingering urge to know a bit about Witherspoon and those who are related to her has caught the attention of the media as well. Thus, many people have come to know about Witherspoon’s eldest children. However, the actress’ youngest son has remained under the wraps by media and outlets. So, let’s get to know more about her son in this article. You will know everything you need to know about Tennessee, his heritage, his sibling, his father, and many more.
Tennessee was named after his mother’s childhood state
Tennesse was born on Thursday 27th September 2012 in Los Angeles, California. He is the first child of Reese and her talent agent husband Jim Toth. His mother probably named her youngest son after her childhood state Tennessee even though she hasn’t said it outright.
He has two half-siblings namely Ava and Deacon Reese Phillippe from his mother’s former marriage to Ryan Phillippe. It was reported that he learned to spell his first name thanks to his mother and family singing him the University of Tennessee cheer song: T-E-double N-E-double S-double E-TENNESSEE!
Furthermore, his half-siblings also used to sing him the University of Tennessee’s unofficial fight song, the Osborne Brothers’ 1967 country hit titled “Rocky Top”. However, he thought it was quite funny. Talking about his family background, his paternal family are Pennsylvania natives whereas his mother and her parents are from the Southers states.
Additionally, he is of English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and distant Dutch descent from his mother’s side.
Giving birth to Tennesse was difficult
Tennessee’s mother has admitted that having a baby at the age of 37 was so much harder. Nonetheless, she said that she wouldn’t have had it any other way.
She also explained motherhood by saying, “I find having little kids is more physical and it’s just really hard on your body. So I am glad that I had kids kind of young.”
Furthermore, she pointed out the difference between having kids in her 20s and again in her 30s. She revealed that it was so much harder for the latter but she cleared out that this was just her case and thinks people ought to do when it’s right for them.
Tennessee’s father is on a mission to raise money for SU2C
Tennessee’s father named Jim Toth is a talent agent for Hollywood actors and actresses and co-head of motion picture talent at Creative Artists Agency since 2010. His father has represented whole hist of A-list stars such as Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Salma Hayek, Zooey Deschanel, and Neil Patrick Harris over the last decades and more.
Jim is well educated as he had graduated from Loyola Marymount University and he co-chairs the Stand Up to Cancer charity because his paternal grandfather had lost his life to cancer in the early 2010s.
So, Tennessee’s father Jim is on a mission to raise money for SU2C and raise awareness about early detection and cancer research ever since the death of his granddad.
How did his parents meet each other?
According to the reports, Tennessee’s parents had met each other at a party. In 2012, Reese revealed to Elle that Toth had saved her from a very drunk man at a house party. Furthermore, she explained about the drunk man and said how a really drunk guy was making an idiot of himself by hitting and yelling at her.
At that time, James’ father came to the rescue and explained to Reese, “Please excuse my friend. He’s just broken up with someone.”
Additionally, it was reported in 2010 that Reese fell for Jim partly because he wasn’t famous in his own right but in fact, she loved that he was not a celebrity. They started to date each other and by February 2010 their relationship was out in the open.
The couple announced their engagement the same year in December and they decided to walk down the aisle on 26th March 2011 in Ojai, California, at Libbey Ranch. Fortunately, their relationship is still going strong and they have had each other’s back since their marriage.
Jim is a great husband and a great father
Reese thinks that her husband is a great husband and a great father. During an interview with Marie Claire, she said, “I got lucky, I did, I got very lucky. He’s so wonderful with the children. I’m very blessed.”
Additionally, she has also often stated how incredibly supportive her husband is of her busy career and she has also confirmed that her husband is very patient and funny with the kids.
She also revealed that her husband encourages his biological son and his half-siblings to see the humor in life.
About his mother Reese Witherspoon
`Tennessee’s mother’s full name is Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon and she was born on 22nd March 1976. As mentioned earlier, she is one of the most successful actresses and producers. She began her career as a teenager and made her debut in “The Man in the Moon” in 1991. However, she made a major breakthrough with a supporting role in Cruel Intentions, and for her portrayal of Tracy Flick in 1999.
Talking about her relationship, she was in a relationship with an actor Ryan Philippe prior to her marriage with Jim. As mentioned earlier, Reese and Ryan had two children, namely Ava Elizabeth Phillippe and Deacon Reese Phillippe.
Reese met Phillip at her 21st birthday party in 1997. Phillip was the former co-star of Reese and they decided to get engaged in December 1998 and got married on 5th June 1999 at Old Wide Awake Plantation in Hollywood, South Carolina. Unfortunately, their relationship couldn’t last long as Reese filed for divorce on 8th November 2006. Their divorce was finalized on 13th June 2008 but they still remain friends.
The reason for their divorce was irreconcilable differences and both of them agreed to share joint custody of their children, Ava and Deacon.
Tennessee’s favorite activities
Reese has written a book titled ‘Whisket In A Teacup” and she has been writing conversations with family members (like a quiz) and simultaneously playing games that used to be one of her youngest sons’ favorite activities.
She says, “After saying grace, as we eat, we’ll each talk about our day’s highlights. It’s our little five-year-old, Tennessee’s, favorite thing to do.”
Additionally, she has written in the book that her youngest son was really fond of the aforesaid dinner game which some people refer to as “Roses and Thorns.” She also said that her then five-year-old, Tennesse really loved to know about how his family’s day went by.
According to Reese, Tennesse loves it when she makes simple one-pot meals such as chili or Crock-Pot pot roast. She has also revealed that her children are also fond of noodles with ground turkey and vegetables and sometimes fried chicken and sides.
Tennessee’s net worth
As he is just 9 years old, he must be focused on studying rather than earning money. So, we can’t estimate his net worth. However, his mother is super rich as Forbes has estimated her net worth to be over $400 million as of 2021.
She really hit it big when a Blackstone-backed media company purchased a majority stake in her production company Hello Sunshine. As a result, the deal subsequently valued her firm at a whopping $900 million. It was all thanks to their track record of hits like Big Little Lies, The Morning Show, and Little Fires Everywhere.
Furthermore, she retained ownership of at least 18% and collected an estimated $120 million from the sale of about half of her preexisting roughly 40% stake in the company after taxes. As mentioned earlier, she was one of the most paid actresses in the world and currently cashes in at least $1 million an episode for her television work.
Additionally, she earns $1.2 million per episode for producing and starring in Apple TV+’s “The Moening Show” as per the industry insiders and she earns quite a lot from various film roles as well.