Celebrity Then And Now
Ava Phillippe
Name: Ava Phillippe
Birthdate: September 9, 1999
Famous Years: 2016-Present
Currently Known For: Aspiring Fashion Model
Networth: $120 Million (Mother's Net Worth)Famous For: Daughter of Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe
Ava Phillippe
Name Ava Phillippe
Birthdate September 9, 1999
Famous Years 2016-Present
Currently Known For Aspiring Fashion Model
Networth $120 Million (Mother's Net Worth)
Famous For Daughter of Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe

The late 1990s saw the emergence in the careers of actors Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe, back when they were just in their early 20s. In fact, the two met while Witherspoon was having a party for her 21st birthday, and when the two met, they would hit off tremendously. After dating for about six months, Witherspoon and Phillippe would be engaged, and were married just after a year of knowing each other, having their ceremony in June 1999.

Five months after getting married, the family would grow by one as Witherspoon gave birth to her first daughter, Ava, on September 9, 1999 (or 9/9/99, marking a special date). Shortly afterward, Witherspoon’s career would really start to take off as she starred in films such as “Legally Blonde” and “Sweet Home Alabama”, bringing more attention to her daughter. Phillippe would also star in films such as “Gosford Park” and “Crash” following the birth of their child.

Witherspoon and Phillippe had one more child in their relationship, giving birth to son Deacon on October 23, 2003. In 2006, the couple announced that they would be separating, and a custody battle would then ensue. After both sides wanted full physical custody of their children, they ended up agreeing in 2008 that they would share joint custody, meaning Ava would get to see both of her parents.

Growing up, Phillippe would be very close to her mother. From a very young age, people remarked on how similar she looked to her famous mother, and the resemblance is still uncanny. That doesn’t mean that she grew apart from her father after the couple split, as both parents have been very supportive of their daughter during her formative years.

When she was in high school, Ryan Phillippe reminded everyone that his daughter was getting ready for college, which made many of us wonder where the years have went. “(Ava) just took the ACT and she killed it,” Phillippe said recently. “It’s a really exciting time. (She and Deacon) are such great kids, they’re great students and I’m enjoying seeing them become adults.” He added that she was considering a handful of different colleges, including the University of Washington, saying that she wanted to stay on the west coast.

“Don’t you just find yourself on those campuses looking around where the bad things might be able to happen?” Phillippe said while he was helping his daughter tour different colleges. “All you care about...you want them to be safe and you want them to find themselves, be fully realized, but then it’s like, you’re far away and what’s going to happen, and what are you going to get into?”

After graduating from high school, Phillippe would be like many other teenagers and have to get a summer job that probably wasn’t a lot of fun. She ended up working at a local pizza restaurant as a hostess, though didn’t reveal which college she was attending. Phillippe doesn’t live the glamorous life that many celebrity children do, having to work the same jobs and drive a modest car (a Volkswagen Jetta) that help her to blend in. Or at least, she’d be able to blend in if not for the fact that she looks just like her A-list mom.

Talking about raising a teenager, Witherspoon said that her kids “Very rarely agree with anything you tell them. And when it comes to a 17 year old girl you begin to see that you don’t know anything about her anymore. I find myself calling my mom and asking her for advice. I ask her, ‘Am I ruining their lives?’”

She added that “You know, I think the most important things is that you figure out what your kids are passionate about, and what they’re good at. And don’t expect them to be like you, you just sort of encourage them to be the best version of themselves. So that’s your job as a parent to figure out who they are.”

One of the career paths that Phillippe has already shown great interest in is with fashion. Witherspoon admits that “She’s so much cooler than I am” and that “she knows a lot about fashion and she has her own sense of style, which is amazing.” In 2018, Phillippe officially became a model for the first time as she modeled for Rodarte’s Fall 2018 Collection. She’s also established a huge online presence, with more than 650,000 followers on Instagram.

Even if she doesn’t attend college after all, the 19 year old has already had a lot of real world experience, going from working in restaurants to being featured with other notable models in fashion shoots. The future appears very bright for Phillippe, and there’s still plenty of time to pursue acting like her mother did. The two have been described as “best friends,” so it probably wouldn’t be much of a problem for Phillippe to get advice from her mother (or even her father) about the acting business if she chooses to go that route.