Though Ava Phillippe has often been nicknamed the “mini-me” of her famous mother, Reese Witherspoon, the women don’t see the resemblance.
Witherspoon briefly spoke on her relationship with her daughter as well as her other children during an appearance on NBC’s “Today With Hoda & Jenna” as she spoke about her new children’s book, “Busy Betty.”
When co-host Jenna Bush Hager stated that the mother-daughter pair looked like “twins,” Witherspoon shrugged off the suggestion.
The “Legally Blonde” actor said, “She and I don’t see it that much.”
Witherspoon has two children with her ex-husband and fellow actor Ryan Phillippe: 23-year-old Ava and 18-year-old Deacon Phillippe. Witherspoon also has a 10-year-old son named Tennessee with her current husband, Jim Toth, a talent agent.
As reported by HuffPo:
When asked about parenting kids of such varying ages, Witherspoon said her relationship with each of her children is constantly evolving.
“First of all, you’re managing them a lot … when they’re little, and it’s very physical,” the Oscar winner said. “And then it’s more emotional support and suggestions — not telling them what to do when they get a little bit older.”
She added, “But you have to really nurture your adult relationship with your children, too, and give them respect and space to become who they are and not who you want them to be.”
Witherspoon also acknowledged the 20th anniversary of her film “Sweet Home Alabama” during the interview on “Today With Hoda & Jenna.”
In 2021, Witherspoon caused online chatter about a possible sequel to the popular 2002 romantic comedy when she posted a few throwback photos showing her and co-star Patrick Dempsey on the film’s set. At the same time, actor Josh Lucas said he’d “love” to do a sequel.
Though fans shouldn’t get their hopes up, Witherspoon said in the interview that she would happily fill the role of Melanie Carmichael if a second “Sweet Home Alabama” film is ever made.
“I think that would be a great idea,” she said. “I’ll make some calls.”