Ryan and Reese: The joy of oversharing

Phillippe and Witherspoon reveal the secret to their connubial bliss; Mel Gibson on castration anxiety and cornflake issues; Britney victimized by wicked pranksters!

Published August 27, 2002 8:16PM (EDT)

Staying married for three years is no small thing in Hollywood. But Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon say they can take only partial credit for their so-far-so-good relationship. The rest should go to their trusty shrinks.

"It's tough to be young, and it's tough to be married," Phillippe tells the New York Daily News, adding that he can be a bit moody and broody at times.

So, he says, he and his actress wife "each individually go to therapy" to work out their personal kinks.

Phillippe bristles at the suggestion that he might be oversharing.

"Why make people feel as if working on themselves or working on their relationship is a negative thing?" he asks. "The biggest mistake is not doing that, ignoring it and having the marriage fall apart because of laziness."

Just ask Angelina and Billy Bob, Drew and Tom, Tom and Nicole, J.Lo and Cris ...

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Fear factor

Actually, maybe Phillippe could make a referral for Mel Gibson.

Sure, sure, Gibson's marriage seems fine, but the actor might want to get a little help coping with his rampant phobias.

What is it he fears?

"Everything," Gibson tells Britain's the People magazine, "from being afraid I'm going to run out of cream for my cornflakes right up to someone chopping my privates off."

Paging Dr. Freud ...

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I'm sure there's a name for his condition too ...

"She was this close to throwing away my Mr. T doll. I just told her, 'I pity the fool who throws away my Mr. T doll.'"

-- David Arquette on the day wife Courtney Cox-Arquette tried to pitch his doll collection, to the World Entertainment News Network.

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Juicy bits

I'm actually starting to feel a little sorry for Britney Spears. The pop princess, trying to take a little time away from the spotlight, has nevertheless fallen victim to a couple of Montreal radio pranksters. According to the Canadian Press, a radio duo who call themselves the Masked Avengers dialed up Britney, told her they were Celine Dion and invited her to perform a duet -- "Let's Make a Hole in One" -- with Tiger Woods at a bogus charity event. Spears gushingly accepted. At least they didn't ask her if she had Prince Albert in a can.

And now back to therapists and unexplored issues: Frasier's got a sneaker for George W. Bush. Kelsey Grammer says he's "kind of a liberal" but says he's a "big fan" of our current POTUS. "I think he makes a lot of sense and he's had some clarity when it was very important," the "Frasier" star told the press at a Republican fundraiser in California this week. "The thing I most respond to in the political arena is people that actually don't play politics, and I think President Bush comes from a place that is sincere." Or at least really, really dumb.

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By Amy Reiter

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