Entertainment Movies John Travolta's Daughter Ella Celebrates Her 'Role Model' Father on His 68th Birthday "I love you with all my heart, Daddy," Ella captioned a throwback photo of herself and her dad on Instagram By Abigail Adams Abigail Adams Instagram Twitter Digital News Writer, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on February 19, 2022 12:14 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Randy Holmes via Getty John Travolta received many birthday wishes on Friday — including a very special message from his daughter, Ella Travolta. The actress, 21, honored John for his 68th birthday with a heartfelt tribute shared on Instagram featuring a throwback photo of a young Ella and her father sitting in the grass under a tree. In the caption, she praised the Pulp Fiction star for the positive impact he has had on her life. "Happy Birthday to my role model, my best friend, the person who has taught me one of the most valuable lessons in life, kindness," Ella wrote. "I love you with all my heart, Daddy." Meghan Trainor Celebrates Son Riley's 1st Birthday: 'You Are My Everything' John later thanked everyone for the birthday wishes in a brief video posted on his own Instagram account. "Before the night is over, I just want to just — oh gosh, okay — I just wanted to thank you for loving me and caring and wishing me a happy birthday," the actor said. "I really appreciate it." He added in the caption, "Thank you for the birthday wishes!" Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free weekly newsletter to get the biggest news of the week delivered to your inbox every Friday. John has three children, including Ella, with his late wife Kelly Preston, who died from breast cancer in July 2020. The couple also share sons Ben, 11, and Jett, who died in 2009 at age 16. Jennifer Aniston Shows Off Gold Tassel Pants as She Thanks Fans for 53rd Birthday Wishes: 'Blessed' Recently, John has bonded with Ella over her passion for music. In November, Ella revealed that she had new music on the way, and the Grease alum could not contain his excitement. "I'm so very proud of you Ella, its [sic] amazing! Your thrilled Dad! ❤️❤️❤️," he wrote in the comment section of his daughter's post teasing her project. Last month, she launched her music career with her first single "Dizzy," which she played for her fans in a video on Instagram. John celebrated the occasion on his account, writing, "I'm so excited for Ella!"