Actress Reese Witherspoon said her April 2013 arrest for disorderly conduct “showed I have a complexity that people didn’t know about.”
At the BFI London Film Festival on Monday, the Oscar winner explained, "I think it was a moment where people realized that I wasn't exactly what they thought I was. I guess maybe we all like to define people by the way the media presents them, and I think that I showed I have a complexity that people didn't know about. It's part of human nature. I made a mistake. We all make mistakes. The best you can do is say sorry and learn from it and move on."
Watch the press conference [Witherspoon talks about the arrest about six minutes in]:
At the time of the arrest, Witherspoon released a statement saying, "Out of respect for the ongoing legal situation, I cannot comment on everything that is being reported right now. But I do want to say, I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said. It was definitely a scary situation and I was frightened for my husband, but that is no excuse."
In the film “Wild,” based on Cheryl Strayed’s real-life memoir, Witherspoon plays Strayed, who goes on a 1,100-mile solo hike on the Pacific Crest trail. "When you see me putting together the tent, that's literally me putting together the tent," the 38-year-old actress dished. "It took me two hours. I could not figure out the f**king tent. And when I kicked the stove, it's because I couldn't make the f**king stove work."
“Wild” hikes into theaters December 5.