Reese Witherspoon's children helped her work out who she was ''as a woman.''

The 'Devil's Knot' star - who has 14-year-old daughter Ava and nine-year-old son Deacon with actor Ryan Phillippe, and 12-month-old son Tennessee with husband Jim Toth - admits she was ''confused'' before she became a mother but her kids helped her find her way.

Talking to US Elle magazine she said: ''Somebody was saying to me the other day, 'Oh, people get less interesting when they have kids.' I just don't think that's true.

''I feel like I was so confused before I had kids, I almost got in my own way. Having kids made me clearer about who I was as a woman.

''I just wanted to exhibit good qualities for my daughter. I was a little competitive before I had kids- probably really competitive, to be honest. It really made me let go of that.''

The 37-year-old beauty is currently producing director Philippe Falardeau's new film 'The Good Lie' and turned to producing in a bid to see women be the star in films not just be cast as a man's asset, as she didn't want Ava to think women were less valued than men.

She explained: ''I started noticing a couple years ago that I wasn't seeing women as the stars of movies. I'm seem them as the guys' girlfriends, or so-and-so's wife.

''I just thought, 'God, if I don't start buckling down and start producing some movies, what's my daughter going to see in the movies?' ''