Reese Witherspoon doesn’t ‘see’ the resemblance with daughter Ava Phillippe

October 4, 2022 |

While the rest of the world thinks Ava Phillippe is the spitting image of her famous mother, Reese Witherspoon, it turns out the two “don’t see it.”

“She and I don’t see [the resemblance] that much,” the actress said during Tuesday’s episode of “Today” after Jenna Bush Hager referred to the mother-daughter duo as “twins.”

The “Legally Blonde” star, 46, shares Ava, 23, and son Deacon, 18, with her ex-husband Ryan Phillippe. She also has 10-year-old son Tennessee with her husband, Jim Toth.

Reese Witherspoon claims she and daughter Ava Phillippe don’t see the uncanny resemblance.

The large age gap between her children has proven to be a struggle for the working mom, who went on to talk about her approach to parenting kids of all ages.

“You establish a different relationship,” the Academy Award winner told Hoda Kotb and Bush Hagger. “First of all, you’re managing them a lot when they’re little and it’s very physical. And then it’s more emotional support. And suggestions, not telling them what to do when they get a little bit older.”

Witherspoon has two sons and one daughter.

She continued, “But you have to really nurture your adult relationship with your children too. And give them respect and space to become who they are, not who you want them to be.”

Witherspoon has proudly stood by her children over the years, from Deacon landing his first big actig role to Ava opening up about her sexuality.

Phillippe is Witherspoon’s oldest child.


Phillippe is Witherspoon’s oldest child.


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The actress’s only daughter recently revealed she has no preference when it comes to her dating life during a Q&A on Instagram.

“Do u like boys or girls?” one fan asked, to which she replied, “I’m attracted to … people! (Gender is whatever).”


Witherspoon’s mini-me has been dating her college boyfriend, Owen Mahoney, since at least 2019. However, that didn’t stop “bigoted” trolls from sending Phillippe hate about her sexual preferences.

Many people think the 23-year-old is a spitting image of her mother.

“QUICK REMINDER: I can & will block profiles commenting bigoted/hateful messages under my posts,” she wrote to Instagram less than a week after the announcement.

“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.”

While Witherspoon might not think the pair look alike, there’s no doubt Phillippe inherited her strong sense of self.

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