Reese Witherspoon and daughter Ava's doppelgänger moments

Taryn Ryder
Writer, Yahoo Entertainment & Lifestyle

No, you’re not seeing double, that’s Reese Witherspoon and her teenage daughter. Thanks to the Instagram era, we’ve been able to see Ava Phillippe — who turned 18 in September — grow up before our eyes and she’s a spitting image of her Oscar-winning mother. Take a look at their best doppelgänger moments.

Reese and Ava take NYC

These two looked more like sister-sister than mother-daughter while attending WSJ Magazine’s 2017 Innovator Awards in New York City. Ava and Reese both wore black dresses — Balmain and Giorgio Armani, respectively — and struck similar poses on the red carpet. Reese’s 18-year-old mini-me even has her closed-mouth smile down pat. (Photo: Getty Images)

2017 Emmy Awards

All Ava needed was an Emmy to clutch and we truly would have been confused about who is who. The teen helped her mom celebrate her Emmy win — for Outstanding Limited Series for Big Little Lies — at the HBO after-party on Sept. 17. (Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

“Home Again” premiere

This mother-daughter duo has their red carpet twinning look down from head to toe… literally. It appears that someone has been getting pointers from mom, as Ava even crosses her legs the same way as Reese. Just look at them at the Home Again premiere. “I do see the resemblance. She’s a beautiful person inside and out,” Witherspoon previously exclaimed to Vanity Fair. “She’s just a good soul. I’m not sure what she thinks. I’m just ‘Mom’ to her. We’re happy to share this wonderful experience. I really have a rich, personal relationship with my daughter. I have a really great career, and it’s nice to be able to share it with my kids.” (Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Reese and Ava

Golden hour or twinning hour? Reese took a close-up photo with her girl as they celebrated the Fourth of July on the beach. “Happy 4th y’all! #GoldenHour @avaphillippe ️️,” Witherspoon captioned the photo. Many of the 3,700 comments pointed out their resemblance. We see why! (Photo: Reese Witherspoon via Instagram)

Draped in Draper James

Ava may have been raised in sunny Los Angeles, but she sure looks like a southern belle! Reese celebrated the launch of her Draper James X Net-a-Porter collaboration with her “nearest and dearest.” Naturally, that included her mini-me. Dressed in Draper James (of course), Ava looked the part of a Louisiana native, just like her mom. (Photo: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for NET-A-PORTER)

Flower power

While Ava’s Instagram tends to be more art-focused, she will show off her mom every now and then, and we love it when she does. Even with Ava’s nose ring, the similarities are striking. (Photo: Ava Phillippe via Instagram)

Big little girls

One of Ava’s jaw-dropping appearances with her mom came at the Big Little Lies premiere party. However, her emergence in the public eye hasn’t been forced upon her by Reese. “We talk about things… like what she’s comfortable with,” Witherspoon told Vanity Fair at the event. “She doesn’t do anything that she’s not comfortable with. She wanted to come out and support me tonight, and that was really sweet of her.” (Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

NYE selfie

New year, same resemblance! Reese and Ava rang in 2017 together with a selfie, naturally. (Photo: Reese Witherspoon via Instagram)


Reese also stepped out with her daughter (and her whole family) at the premiere of Sing. Both ladies dressed in winter-appropriate dark hues (this is Los Angeles winter, people!) and wore their long blonde hair down and wavy. But it’s not just looks Ava has inherited from her mom, she also has her work ethic. Ava is a hostess at a pizza restaurant near her home as both parents — Ryan and Reese — have instilled the importance of working hard. “My mom worked, and I think it’s good for kids to see women working and being successful,” Reese told InStyle. “I think it’s going to make them hard workers because they see that I don’t get much sleep.” (Photo: Todd Williamson/Getty Images)

Golden girls

Another golden mother-daughter shot for “#goldenhour.” Although Reese was proudly showcasing all of her “kiddos,” you can’t help but draw your attention to Ava. She and Reese even have the same close-up selfie smile. (Photo: Reese Witherspoon via Instagram)

Birthday blond-ing

Reese celebrated her 41st birthday with her family, naturally. The Big Little Lies star posted a photo with Ava and Deacon — her two kids with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe — and the resemblance between all three is uncanny. Ava was serving some serious Elle Woods (post-Harvard) vibes! (Photo: Reese Witherspoon)

Draper darlings

Mom’s biggest supporter! Ava stepped out for a Draper James event in Dallas to support Reese’s lifestyle brand. It doesn’t matter the filter, these two look practically identical. “It’s so weird. I can’t believe she’s 18,” Reese told Entertainment Tonight. “But she’s great, and we did it together. I feel like we grew up together, it’s great.” (Photo: Reese Witherspoon via Instagram)

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