September 09, 2015 04:15 PM

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.”

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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