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Reese: I lost my way

Reese Witherspoon encourages people they don't have to be "saints" in order to help others.

The star is hotly tipped to win her second Oscar with Wild, which chronicles the true story of one woman's 1,100-mile solo hike.

Prior to this, the 38-year-old often appeared in romantic comedies, such as This Means War and Just Like Heaven. But now she thinks she has her groove back.

"I think, for a few years, I was a little bit lost as an actress," she admitted to Total Film magazine.

"I wasn't able to find what I wanted to do and wasn't making choices I was happy with."

Reese also appears in The Good Lie, in which she plays a woman helping Sudanese refugees. In order to understand the part better, the philanthropic star headed to the Kenyan refugee camp, even though none of the scenes were filmed there.

The mother-of-three took her teenage daughter Ava along for the moving experience.

Recalling how emotional the trip was, she urges others to do the same and brush off notions off being all-good or all-bad.

"One of the things I think is so great about this story is you don't have to be a perfect person to do something great for somebody else," she explained.

"This is an opportunity to raise awareness but it's also an opportunity to create change. It's not just for the saints of this world - we can all make a difference."

But it's not all work and no play for Reese. She recently made time to hang out with her brother, posting a picture of the pair enjoying coffee.

"Love seeing my brother. He shares my love for doughnuts and that's how I know we are related," she jokingly captioned the shot.

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