Friday 27 April 2018

Reese Witherspoon hits the red carpet with look-a-like daughter Ava (17)

Reese Witherspoon (L) and Ava Phillippe attend the premiere of Open Road Films'
Reese Witherspoon (L) and Ava Phillippe attend the premiere of Open Road Films' "Home Again" at the Directors Guild of America on August 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Reese Witherspoon attends the premiere of Open Road Films' "Home Again" at the Directors Guild of America on August 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Reese Witherspoon (L) and Lake Bell attend the premiere of Open Road Films' "Home Again" at the Directors Guild of America on August 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Reese Witherspoon attends the premiere of Open Road Films' "Home Again" at the Directors Guild of America on August 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Reese Witherspoon (L) and Ava Phillippe attend the premiere of Open Road Films' "Home Again" at the Directors Guild of America on August 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Reese Witherspoon (L) and Ava Phillippe attend the premiere of Open Road Films' "Home Again" at the Directors Guild of America on August 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Reese Witherspoon (L) and Ava Phillippe attend the premiere of Open Road Films' "Home Again" at the Directors Guild of America on August 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Reese Witherspoon attends the premiere of Open Road Films' "Home Again" at the Directors Guild of America on August 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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Reese Witherspoon has revealed she will struggle when her "best friend" and look-a-like daughter Ava Phillippe moves away from home next year.

Ava, Reese's oldest child with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe, is growing up fast and heading for college in 2018.

"She's my best friend and we do everything together, it's going to be hard for her to leave! But I have another year," she told Entertainment Tonight. ''I alternate between crying and feeling really proud of the woman she's become. It's so weird. I can't believe she's [going to be] 18. She's great, and we did it together. I feel like we grew up together, it's great.''

Reese was just 23 when she gave birth to Ava and previously said they "grew up together"

Reese Witherspoon (L) and Ava Phillippe attend the premiere of Open Road Films'
Reese Witherspoon (L) and Ava Phillippe attend the premiere of Open Road Films' "Home Again" at the Directors Guild of America on August 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

When [you're a young mother], you're like, 'Oh, they're going to be fine!' As you get older, it's, 'Am I taking them to the ballet?' When you get past survival, I think that's what's so interesting… about motherhood. It's about what you think you're creating for your children, when it's really just an artifice."

Much has been made of the striking resemblance between the Oscar-winning actress (41) and her 17-year-old daughter and Reese recently said that even her youngest son Tennessee (five) confuses the two.

"The kids all have funny and unique relationships with each other. Ava is like another parent to Tennessee, like his other mother," Witherspoon shared in the interview released this week. "I think sometimes he even gets confused -- he told Ava 'Happy Mother’s Day'," she told Southern Living.

"I mean, it's weird, because isn't that obvious?" he joked. "Who else are they going to look like, you know? I always find that such a weird thing, like, [Ava] looks exactly like her mother, who else is she going to look like? It's an odd thing that people fixate on that."

Reese Witherspoon (L) and Ava Phillippe attend the premiere of Open Road Films'
Reese Witherspoon (L) and Ava Phillippe attend the premiere of Open Road Films' "Home Again" at the Directors Guild of America on August 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Ava has been joining her mother for more red carpet appearances lately and the Big Little Lies star says she only does what she's comfortable with as she dips her toe into the Hollywood pool. On Tuesday night, they attended the Home Again premiere together in Los Angeles.

Reese Witherspoon attends the premiere of Open Road Films'
Reese Witherspoon attends the premiere of Open Road Films' "Home Again" at the Directors Guild of America on August 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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