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People can’t get over how much Reese Witherspoon and her daughter look alike

A new photo showed off their matching holiday sweaters.


Michelle Jaworski

Internet Culture

Published Dec 9, 2020

Reese Witherspoon’s latest Instagram post is having fans seeing double.

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The photo, which doubles as a plug for Draper James (aka the clothing line that Witherspoon founded), features Witherspoon and her daughter Ava Phillippe (with actor Ryan Phillippe) wearing matching sweaters—Witherspoon’s is red with pink snowflakes while Phillippe’s is pink with red snowflakes—and holding mugs to mark the holidays.

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“Ok. It’s 💯 true that I had to beg her to wear a matching Holiday sweater…. but isn’t it CUTE??!! #humorme #itsamomthing🥰 @draperjames,” Witherspoon wrote.

But some people who might not frequent Witherspoon’s Instagram page or be familiar with Phillippe are just discovering how similarly mother and daughter look. As Scottie Beam summed it up on Twitter, “I know this is how genes work but wow.”

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Beam is far from the only one who’s shocked by how much Witherspoon and her daughter look so much alike. Some of Witherspoon’s friends and colleagues (“I’m seeing double!” Padma Lakshmi commented.”) even noticed the similarities.

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Another person pointed out the multigenerational and similarities to both parents.

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And then some people highlighted other celebrity mother and daughter duos who look as though they could be twins such as Thandie Newton and her daughters, Niecy Nash and her daughter, Meryl Streep and her daughters, and Yara Shahidi and her mother, and Lisa Bonet and Zoë Kravitz. 

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If nothing else, Witherspoon and Phillippe are both in good company.

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*First Published: Dec 9, 2020, 12:54 pm CST