You might think an A-lister's arrest for disorderly conduct would be a career-killer. But that needn't be the case.
Reese Witherspoon proved to us all last weekend that while she may be America’s sweetheart, she’s also human and still makes mistakes every once and while. After getting arrested for disorderly conduct while her husband Jim Toth was charged with a DUI, we all prepared to hang our heads in shame as Reese's innocent, good-girl image was forever tarnished.
But wait... that didn't happen. And you want to know why? Because Reese handled the arrest with such class! So to all the Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohans of the world –- we're hoping there's only two, actually, because we can't handle any more -– this is how you handle an A-list arrest in Hollywood the right way.
1. The Mugshot
Let’s analyze Reese’s mug shot, shall we? She’s not even making eye contact with the camera, showing that she’s clearly upset with herself. She’s not angry or throwing a fit either, since "humble pie" is really the best look a star can serve when it comes to the law. There's nothing "disorderly" about this!
2. The Bail Out
Word got out about Reese’s arrest via a pretty surprising source –- Variety. Not TMZ or an outlet known for breaking celebrity news, but a more straightforward and, dare we say, classy news outlet. Also, notice that there are no photos of her leaving the jail... covering her face with a jacket, hiding her shame? Her PR team worked their butts off to not let it leak until she was in the comfort of her own home, which is how they should do it.
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3. The Premiere
Just hours after the news broke, Reese was walking the carpet for the premiere of her film Mud, avoiding any press interviews. While many might have expected her not to show, she still did, with her head held high to celebrate a piece of work she’s proud of –- quietly.
4. The Apology
First thing Monday morning, we awoke to an apology from Reese, 100 percent owning up to what she did. No pointing the finger at her husband or the police for not cutting her any slack. "I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said," she said. "It was definitely a scary situation and I was frightened for my husband, but that is no excuse. I was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job. I have nothing but respect for the police and I'm very sorry for my behavior." No tweets to Barack Obama from Reese! This swift bit of damage control undid the embarrassment of her "Don't you know who I am?!" outburst that made her look like she had a big, bad ego.
5. The Aftermath
While Reese did show up to the premiere of Mud, she ended up cancelling appearances on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and Good Morning America, since she can’t really avoid those drunken night questions there. Instead, she’s laying low and surrounding herself with her close friends until things blow over. She's not threatening to sue every media outlet reporting on it or posting not-so-flattering photos like a certain troubled starlet making headlines these days, nor does she seem in a hurry to get herself in more hot water like the perpetually-jailed Lilo.
If Reese needs a suggestion for what to do with the downtime she's not spending giving interviews, we recommend she start on a book: The A-Lister's Guide To A Flawless Arrest, By Reese Witherspoon.
What do you think about Reese's handling of the situation?
Should she talk about it or keep quiet?