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Normal couples exist in Hollywood. As much as fans may believe it’s all about Nicole Richie/Brody Jenner-type dysfunction, there are a few happy pairings out there.

Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon would be a perfect example. Recently, The Flags of Our Fathers talked about separating his steady marriage with his growing film career.

“Sometimes I think it’s a little cleaner to, at least at this stage in our lives, keep that stuff separate,” Phillippe told Interview magazine in its new issue. “I’d never write anything off completely, but I just feel like there’s something to be said for the individuality and mystery of doing things on your own.”

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Phillippe, 32, says he’ll never get used to working away from Witherspoon and their kids Ava, 7, and Deacon, 3.

“That’s a difficulty that I don’t know if I will ever totally come to terms with. But I think I commit sometimes even further to a role because it leaves me less time to think about those things that make me feel sad, like not being around my children.”

It’s probably akin to how Lindsay Lohan feels when she’s not around a bottle of Jack Daniels and/or a naked man.

According to Phillippe, immersing himself in his role serves as “a shield or a protective blanket that keeps me from having to deal with the reality. If I can’t see my kids, and I’m in another time zone, I really have to live and eat and breathe the work around the clock, because that keeps me sane.”

For others, such as Kevin Federline, beating up people in a wrestling ring keeps them sane.

Meanwhile, Witherspoon and Phillippe make sure that if one parent is making a movie, the other will remain at home with the kids.

“That’s one of the ways we keep the balance,” he said.