Pregnant Reese Witherspoon to 'Take a Little Time Off' for Baby

8:10 PM PST 06/24/2012 by THR Staff
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The actress, who is shooting the West Memphis Three movie "Devil's Knot," is expecting a baby with her husband, CAA agent Jim Toth.

Reese Witherspoon says she's going to take some time off after she finishes shooting Devil's Knot, the Atom Egoyan-directed drama about the infamous West Memphis Three murder case, to have her baby.

The actress, who was in Chicago on Saturday to receive the Gene Siskel Film Center's Renaissance Award, is currently shooting Knot in Atlanta alongside Colin Firth.

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“After I finish that, I’m going to take a little time off -- and go have a baby,” Witherspoon said, as quoted by the Chicago Sun-Times.

(Still, it doesn't appear that Witherspoon will be taking too much time off as she is reportedly scheduled to begin shooting Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus in January.)

Witherspoon is expecting with her husband, CAA agent Jim Toth, in late summer or early fall. It will be her third child; she also has a son, Deacon, and daughter, Ava, with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe.

Of her pregnancy eating habits, Witherspoon said she's trying to eat healthy, "but it’s not easy. I’m always feeling like I’d like to eat everything in sight.”

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The actress refused to say whether she's having a boy or girl or what names she and Toth are considering. But she did say she's "very excited" about the birth.

Knot, meanwhile, is based on Mara Leveritt's nonfiction book Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three. The film delves into the brutal 1993 Arkansas murders of three 8-year-old boys for which Jessie Misskelley Jr., Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin were ultimately convicted. After 18 years of incarceration, the three men were finally released from prison in August.

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Witherspoon plays the mother of one of the murder victims, a woman who at first is convinced of the trio's guilt but ultimately begins to doubt it. 

Witherspoon called the movie "a very American story."

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