Reese Witherspoon's Daughter Has Grown Up To Be Her Twin

Believe it or not, Reese Witherspoon is the proud mom of three children. The "Legally Blonde" star gave birth to her youngest, Tennessee Toth, in 2012 (via People). She shares Tennessee, her second son, with Jim Toth. He is also the half sibling to her older children, Ava Phillippe and Deacon Phillippe, both of whom she shares with her former husband Ryan Phillippe. 

Although they don't all have the same dad, Witherspoon's kids do have something else in common: They all bear a striking resemblance to the actress. Publications such as E! News have commented on the phenomenon over the years. Frankly, it's hard to miss, as evidenced by this precious photo Witherspoon shared on Instagram when the happy family attended the "Sing 2" premiere in late 2021. All three of the kids share her iconic blonde hair and sweet features. However, the family resemblance is particularly uncanny when you're looking at the star and her only daughter. Ava is every bit as stunning as her mom!

Witherspoon and Ava look so similar that they've been called twins before. Frequently, in fact. The star revealed that she at least didn't mind being mixed up with her daughter in a 2021 interview with InStyle. "I love being mistaken for her because it makes me feel so young," she joked. How does Ava react? "She really rolls with it. I'm sure it's not easy looking exactly like your mother."

Ava Phillippe shares a close bond with her mom

Ava Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon look so similar that they've been confused for twins before. The latter added that they aren't the only case of mother-daughter doppelgängers in Hollywood. For instance, there's Zoë Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, who also look very similar (via InStyle). In fact, the "Big Little Lies" icon joked that she tells her daughter to text Kravitz whenever the comparisons get to be annoying.

Thankfully, it does not appear that Phillippe is overly bothered by getting mixed up with her mom. We say that because it's pretty clear Witherspoon is one of her favorite people on the planet. "With every year, her bright light shines even brighter, and I find even more reasons to love her and a greater appreciation for all that she does," Phillippe gushed about her famous mom on her birthday this year (via Instagram).

"Happy happy birthday to the brilliant, joyful, fiery, thoughtful, and gorgeous woman that I am lucky enough to call my mom." Witherspoon responded in turn and made it clear that Phillippe was her "favorite daughter." The duo appears to share a close bond with one another. In 2022, Witherspoon revealed that they broke Dry January together in a cheeky Instagram post. If you check the comments section there, you'll notice that even Sophia Bush said they look identical.

Although they look alike, Ava has carved her own path as she's grown up in the public eye.

Ava Phillippe works as a model and sells artwork online

She might look like the spitting image of her mom Reese Witherspoon, but Ava Phillippe isn't her carbon copy. The 22-year-old hasn't hesitated to color her iconic blonde locks — a feature she shares with the actress — before. In early 2021 she debuted purple hair in a post on Instagram. Since then she's also been seen rocking a stunning rose gold hue (via Instagram).

But it's not just in her hair color that differentiates her from her mom and dad. While they both found success pursuing careers in the acting world, Phillippe has cut her own path so far. Execs are likely banging down the door trying to land the first movie co-starring Witherspoon and her mini-me daughter; so far nothing has come from that. Instead, they've tapped the likes of Dakota Fanning, who also bears a resemblance to Witherspoon, to play younger versions of her characters before (via IMDb).

She might not have been bit by the acting bug, but Phillippe is still flexing her creative muscles. She made her modeling debut in 2018 (via Elle) and has landed several other jobs over the years. Notably, she posed for a photoshoot in support of Beyoncé's Adidas collab Halls of Ivy Park in 2021 (via Instagram). She shared that gig with her younger brother, Deacon Phillippe (via Elle).

That's not all, either. Phillippe is also an artist who sells her work online.

Ava Phillippe is her own person

While it likely doesn't hurt to be the daughter of Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe, Ava Phillippe doesn't seem to have any issue being true to herself. The young celebrity proved just that when she opened up about her sexuality in early 2022. She answered a question about the topic during a Q&A session on her Instagram story. "I'm attracted to... people," she explained. "Gender is whatever" (via Us Weekly). She effectively cut off any naysayers in a later update.

"​​My Instagram profile is not a place for cruelty/hate speech & I intend to do what I can to keep it that way. Peace & love," Phillippe wrote. It's worth pointing out that she also links out to several mental health resources from her account.

That's not to say Phillippe doesn't pull inspiration from her very famous mom from time to time. Take their style, for example. In a 2018 interview on her mom's blog, Phillippe said she gets advice from Witherspoon but added that she then does it her own way. "She and I agree on a lot of what's 'fashionable,' but we have different taste[s], and she's really respectful of my personality as I express it through clothes," Phillippe said.

How cute is it to hear about how this lookalike mother-daughter pair makes things work?!