“I’m attracted to… people! Gender is whatever” – Reese Witherspoon’s daughter, Ava, discusses sexuality

Ava Phillippe with Reese Witherspoon. Image GETTY.

Ava Phillippe, the 22-year-old daughter of actors Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe, opened up about her sexuality during an Instagram Q&A. 


During a Q&A with her 996k Instagram followers, Ava opened up about a number of topics in her world – if life would be different if her parents weren’t famous, the key to a successful romantic relationship and, notably, what really caught the eyes of the LGBT+’s in the chat… her sexuality. 


When one follower pitched the question: “do you like boys or girls”, Ava simply replied: “I’m attracted to… people! [Gender is whatever.]”


She didn’t give any further clarification on how she identifies, instead just posting a gorgeous, smiley selfie, which left us SHOOK by how much she looks like her Mom. 



Ava has a younger brother, Deacon, born in 2003, and two younger siblings born separately to Phillippe in 2011 and Witherspoon in 2012.

Her Mom, Reese Witherspoon, is a well-known LGBTQ activist and ally and hit the headlines (and became a meme) in 2020, after a feature in Variety where she revealed that no one ever talked about gay people or other sexualities and she knew nothing about the LGBT+ community when growing up in Tennessee.

“No one spoke to me about sexuality when I was a teenager. I didn’t understand what homosexuality was. My grandparents didn’t explain it; my parents didn’t explain it. I had to learn from somebody I met on an audition in Los Angeles”.

Reese just wrapped up Season 2 of Apple TV’s The Morning Show where her character, Bradley, is on her own journey of sexual discovery and embarks upon a relationship with co-anchor Laura Peterson (played by Julianna Margulies).



Ava isn’t the only member of the Phillippe family to grab headlines for ‘coming out’ in recent months. In fact, just weeks ago, the spotlight was on her father, Ryan.


Now, before you get too excited, Ryan isn’t gay – everyone just got the wrong end of a precariously placed stick and mistakenly thought that he might be. 


To read more about that hilarious misunderstanding, click here


Clip from The Morning Show below: