Reese Witherspoon has shared a sweet birthday message for her daughter Ava, who is looking more and more like her famous mum every day. In celebration of her daughter's 16th birthday on 9 September, Reese posted a side-by-side photo showing Ava as a little girl, and now.
"Wow! My sweet girl turns 16 today," the proud mum wrote alongside. "I am so blessed to have such a kind, compassionate, brilliant, artistic, all-around wonderful daughter who makes me a better person every day."
Reese Witherspoon took to Instagram to celebrate daughter Ava's 16th birthday
Fans quickly commented on the striking resemblance between Reese and Ava, her daughter with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe.
Reese was 23 when she gave birth to Ava, shortly after tying the knot with Ryan in 1999. The Cruel Intentions co-stars welcomed son Deacon in 2003 before separating in October 2006.
"I didn't know what I was doing. I was young. It was shocking. When people ask, 'When's the best time to get pregnant?' I say, 'Pick the best day for when your entire life is gonna change.' There's no good time to have your world turned upside down," she joked to Glamour last December.
"Seeing my kids for the first time was primal. The ferocity of love you feel for your children when you see them for the first time – but you've known them inside you – is phenomenal."
Three generations: Reese, pictured with her daughter Ava and mum Mary
She added that before her daughter graduates from high school, she hopes to have taught her "to not be ashamed about any of her experiences. To love life fully, with curiosity and love, and to be brave".
As well as Ava and Deacon, Reese is also a mum to son Tennessee, who will be three later this month, from her marriage to her husband of four-years, Jim Toth.