Reese Witherspoon Celebrates Look-a-Like Daughter Ava’s 16th Birthday on Instagram: You Make Me a ‘Better Person’

09/09/2015 at 04:15 PM ET

Sweetest 16!

Reese Witherspoon celebrated daughter Ava‘s 16th birthday on Instagram Wednesday, sharing side-by-side photos of the teen as a little girl and now — further proving they’re basically the same person (well, except for that 23-year age gap).

“Wow! My sweet girl turns 16 today,” Witherspoon wrote of her blue-eyed beauty. “I am so blessed to have such a kind, compassionate, brilliant, artistic, all-around wonderful daughter who makes me a better person everyday.”

Reese Witherspoon Ava 16th birthday photo
Courtesy Reese Witherspoon; Albert L. Ortega/Getty

The actress and her daughter with ex Ryan Phillippe look uncannily similar — on first glance, teenage Ava appears to be an Election-era Witherspoon.

“I [love] you @avaphillippe,” wrote the Oscar winner, using a heart emojii.

Ava is a third generation Witherspoon doppelgånger: The star’s mom Betty is also the spitting image of her daughter and granddaughter.

Despite her busy schedule, Witherspoon has said that her first priority remains being a mother.

“There are some sacrifices you make, and it hurts your heart sometimes, but my kids tell me they’re proud of what I’ve accomplished, and that just means everything,” she told Southern Living in its September issue. “I grew up with a working mom, and I have so much respect for the things she did as a nurse and a teacher. I would never begrudge her that.”

— Lindsay Kimble

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jewels1972 on

What a naturally beautiful young lady! Take notice, Kylie Jenner.

J on

I think she looks more like her father… Just my opinion.

jewels, how about not bringing those people up on an article that has absolutely nothing to do with them?

moonie on

Absolutely stunning young lady! Seems she got the best from both parents! Happy Sweet 16!

mer on

Stunningly beautiful, a spitting image of Reese. Can’t believe she’s 16.

Too Shy on

She looks exactly like Reese, except she has Ryan’s chin. She is growing up to be a beautiful, classy young lady.

Eiliries on

Wasn’t she just 9 yesterday? Happy birthday to Ava! 🙂

Allie on

Naturally stunning.

Guest on

What a Beauty!!!

MB on

They are both gorgeous! I love Ava’s natural beauty. It’s so refreshing to see a young Hollywood teen without all the add ons that come with being in the spotlight.

Reesiesmommy on

AbsolutelY beautiful. Happy birthday, Ava!!

wendyw2407 on

I think she literally looks like a 50/50 mix of both of them, she’s beautiful!

Tonja on

I think she looks like both parents. She’s really a pretty girl.

Tourpilot on

I’m a fan of both of them, and think it’s unfortunate when someone says “they’re basically the same person”. That completely ignores who Ava is. Give her some credit. She’s an extremely bright, talented, beautiful person in her own right, not simply a xerox copy of her mom. Knock it off.

JJ on

Everyone always says she looks exactly like Reese, but I think she’s a carbon copy of her Dad.

Anonymous on

Yes they are so look alike! Almost like sisters.

Anonymous on

wow mother and daughter, she look like her mother face

Ala Lemon on

She’s a gorgeous girl and the spitting image of her mum!

italianjew82 on

I agree that she favors her father more.

Brandi on

She has features from both of her parents and she does look a LOT like Reese in this picture but when you look up other pictures of Ava, she looks more like her father in my opinion. You can especially see the resemblance between Ryan and Ava in pictures where she is not smiling and pictures of the two of them together.