Happy birthday, Ava Phillippe! Reese Witherspoon wrote a tribute to her lookalike daughter Ava on Instagram for her 20th birthday and it couldn’t be sweeter. Witherspoon, who used IG to support Bahamian victims of Hurricane Dorian last week, shared a lovely photo of Ava walking on the beach.
The Big Little Lies star captioned the photo, “Watching your little girl grow into a gorgeous, thoughtful, compassionate, fun-loving young woman defies words. It has got to be the greatest gift I could ever receive. I love you @avaphillippe to the moon, around the stars and back! Happy 20th!”
Witherspoon, who became one of the highest-paid actresses this year, writes the most darling Instagram posts to her children and vice versa. Back in July Ava posted a candid photo of her mom “just because,” writing a beautiful dedication to the woman who “taught me about the power of graciousness.” I’m not crying, you’re crying!
More than anything the birthday post shows how scarily similar mother and daughter are in terms of looks. Back in 1999 Witherspoon was riding high on the success of two very different roles: the pure Annette in the teen drama Cruel Intentions and the manipulative Tracy Flick in Election.
But if you look at photos of Reese at 20 and her daughter right now, the resemblance is uncanny. Take Witherspoon’s truly ’90s barrette and you could just as easily be looking at Ava Phillippe. No doubt mother and daughter will be celebrating together in the cutest way possible.