Tennessee James Toth: Interesting Facts About Reese Witherspoon’s Son

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Tennessee James Toth is the son of Legally Blonde actress, Reese Witherspoon and her current husband, Jim Toth. He is the first and only child of Witherspoon and Toth.

Since the early 2010s, Tennessee’s parents have been part of one of Hollywood’s most stable marriages. There’s always that lingering urge of the moviegoers to know a bit about Witherspoon, time and again. And those who are related to her aren’t safe either from the attention of the media.

While Reese’s eldest children are all that people have come to know about, the actress’ junior most kid is a bit of a less discussed member from the Witherspoon’s brood. Know all about him in the ensuing details, his heritage, siblings, father’s true identity, & more.

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Tennessee was born on Thursday, September 27, 2012. James is Reese’s first child with her talent-agent husband Jim Toth. Although the Cruel Intentions actress hasn’t said it outright, it is quite obvious the actress named her youngest son after her childhood state Tennessee.

Tennessee James Toth, the son of Jim Toth and Reese Witherspoon.
Reese Witherspoon and her husband, Jim Toth named their son Tennessee after the former’s childhood state.

Because of his mother’s former marriage, James Toth is also a step-brother to two half-siblings, Ava and Deacon Reese Phillippe. While Tennessee’s paternal family are Pennsylvania natives, his mother, and her parents are from the Southern states.

From his mother’s side, Tennessee is of English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and of distant Dutch descent.

Who Is Tennessee Father, Jim Toth; What Does He Do? 

As mentioned, Tennessee’s father is a talent agent for Hollywood actors and actresses. He actually serves as the co-head of Creative Artists Agency’s motion picture talent department – joined in 2010.

Reese Witherspoon's son, Tennessee James Toth with his father, Jim Toth.
Tennessee James Toth’s father, Jim Toth is a Hollywood Talent agent. Source: Instagram

Over the last decades and more, James’ father has represented a whole host of A-list stars including Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Salma Hayek, Zooey Deschanel, and Neil Patrick Harris.

Jim Toth, however, isn’t his wife, Witherspoon’s agent James’ old man, Jim, a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, also co-chairs the Stand Up to Cancer charity. In fact, his paternal grandfather lost his life to cancer in the early 2010s.

And ever since the death of James’ grandad, his father, Jim’s mission has been to raise money for SU2C and raise awareness about early detection and cancer research.

Tennessee’s Parents, Jim Toth, and Reese Witherspoon Relationship

Tennessee’s parents, Reese and Jim met at a party. With Elle in 2012, Witherspoon revealed Toth saved her from a very drunk man at a house party. She explained how a really drunk guy was hitting on her, making an idiot of himself, and yelling at her.

Tennessee's parents, Reese and Jim married in March 2011.
Tennessee parents Jim Toth and Reese Witherspoon. Source: Getty

Shortly James’ father swooped in and explained to Reese,

‘Please excuse my friend. He’s just broken up with someone.’

In 2010, HarpersBazaar reported Witherspoon fell for Jim partly because he wasn’t famous in his own right. Reese, in fact, loved that he was not a celebrity. Their relationship eventually was out in the open by February 2010.

Later that same year, Jim asked Reese to marry him in Dec 2010. The following year, in March 2011, the actors representative and the Academy winner married at Reese’s own ranch in California. Jim and Witherspoon have had each other’s back since then.

His Mother Reese Witherspoon Claims Jim Is A Great Husband And A Great Father 

In an interview with Marie Claire, Reese talked about how great Jim had been with the kids, saying,

“I got lucky, I did, I got very lucky. He’s so wonderful with the children. I’m very blessed.”

James’ actress mother has also often stated how incredibly supportive Toth is of her busy career. The Golden Globe recipient additionally has confirmed – Jim – being very patient and funny with the kids.

As per the actress herself, Tennessee’s father encourages his biological son and his half-siblings to see the humor in life.

Tennessee James Toth Mother Was Married To An Actor In The Past

Before his father, Jim, Tennessee’s mother, Reese Witherspoon was the wife of actor Ryan Phillippe, with whom she had two children.

Tennessee's mother, Reese was formerly married to actor, Ryan Phillip.
Tennessee’s half-siblings, Ava, on the right, and Deacon, on the left, with their mother Reese Witherspoon. Source: Getty

She and Phillip, who are also former co-stars, had met each other in 1997 at her 21st birthday party. They tied the knot in June 1999 and remained husband and wife until 2008. They though are still friends with one another.

After the divorce, Witherspoon, and Phillip even worked out a co-parenting arrangement and often got together for the two children, Ava and Deacon.

Reese Witherspoon Says Giving Birth To Tennessee Was Difficult  

The Oscar winner admits “having a baby (Tennessee) at 37 was so much harder.” Witherspoon nonetheless says she wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Explaining motherhood, the Election star said,

“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.”

The Legally Blonde actress further pointed out the difference between having kids in her 20s and again in her 30s. For the latter, she said it was so much harder. Witherspoon though cleared out that this was just her case and thinks people ought to do when it’s right for them.

Tennessee James Toth Loved Dinner Games And Conversations

In her book, Whiskey In A Teacup, the Louisiana-born actress writes having conversations with family members (like a quiz) and simultaneously playing games used to be one of Tennessee’s favorite activities.

Reese 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.”

In the book, she explains James was really fond of the aforesaid dinner game which some people refer to as “Roses and Thorns.”

The Big Little Lies actress adds her then five-year-old, the youngest child really loved to know about how his family’s day went by.

His Mother Is Super Rich

James’ mom, Reese Witherspoon is extraordinarily rich with Forbes estimating her net worth standing over $400 million.

The actress really hit it big when a Blackstone-backed media company purchased a majority stake in her production company Hello Sunshine. The deal subsequently valued Witherspoon’s firm at a whopping $900 million, thanks to its track record of hits like Big Little Lies, The Morning Show, and Little Fires Everywhere.

After the deal, Witherspoon retained an ownership stake of at least 18% and collected an estimated $120 million, after taxes, from the sale of about half of her preexisting roughly 40% stake in the company.

What’s more, Tennessee’s mother is also one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars and commands sky-high pay. She cashes in at least $1 million an episode for her television work.

The Southern origin pulls in north of $1.2 million per episode for producing and starring in Apple TV+’s The Morning Show, according to industry insiders—and millions more for film roles.

Other Facts

  • Witherspoon says her kids, including the now 9-year-old Tennessee, love it when she makes simple one-pot meals such as chili or Crock-Pot pot roast.
  • In Whiskey In A Tea Cup, Reese reveals her children are also fond of noodles with ground turkey and vegetables; sometimes fried chicken and sides.
  • James reportedly 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!
  • Reese and Tenessee’s half-siblings also used to sing him the University of Tennessee’s unofficial fight song, the Osborne Brothers’ 1967 country hit Rocky Top. James apparently used to find it hysterical.
  • On James’ eighteenth birthday, his mom, Witherspoon says he is going to get a monogram keepsake binder and all the personal messages which the actress has been writing to him since he was born.


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