The 2017 Emmys were a huge night for women, including the cast of Big Little Lies. And like most every fan of the HBO series, Reese Witherspoon's daughter is proud of her mom's Emmy win. Ava Phillippe took to Instagram Monday to praise her mom, or as she calls her, "mama." Next to a photo of herself with her mother, the 18-year-old wrote,
I am so proud of how hard my mama has worked to showcase the stories and talents of strong women like herself, and I am so happy she's been officially recognized for it. Congrats to the whole BLL team!
Witherspoon and her fellow co-stars won the award for Outstanding Limited Series. In addition, Big Little Lies took home four other Emmys for Outstanding Directing (Jean-Marc Vallée), Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (Nicole Kidman), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (Laura Dern), and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie (Alexander Skarsgård).
There's no doubt that Big Little Lies did great things for women in front of and behind the camera — and thanks to Witherspoon and her production company, Pacific Standard. So, for Phillippe to be proud of her mom totally makes sense. Plus, Witherspoon also spoke about opportunities for women on screen on stage after the show won its category:
"It’s been an incredible year for women in television, can I just say? Bringing women to the front of their own stories and making them the hero of their own stories, and thank you for that opportunity and for audiences to wrap their arms around us."
Who wouldn't want to praise their mom after hearing something like that and knowing that she helps ensure women are given the opportunities they deserve? Phillippe is so lucky to call Witherspoon her mom. To have someone that influential in your life, well, it's a wonderful gift.
This isn't the first time Phillippe's gushed about her mom and Big Little Lies. In February, she shared a photo of them at the Los Angeles premiere and wrote next to it, "So proud of my awesome mama and her passion for this project. It is so nice to see these wonderful, talented women in roles just as dynamic as they are."
For Mother's Day in May, she sweetly wrote, "happy mother's day to my lovely mama. you taught me to be kind, thoughtful, motivated, and strong, and I'm so lucky to have all your wisdom around me." The bond they share is unbreakable, as Phillippe also wrote in March for Witherspoon's birthday, "happy birthday to one of my best friends."
Obviously, Witherspoon feels the same way. On her daughter's 18th birthday, the Oscar-winning actor wrote next to a throwback Instagram:
Happy 18th Birthday to my sweet girl @avaphillippe! Your kindness, grace, intelligence and humor never cease to amaze me. I love you and your HUGE [heart emoji] and I feel so lucky that I get to be your mom. #proudmom #18
At the February premiere of Big Little Lies, Witherspoon opened up to Vanity Fair about her daughter. She said, "We talk about things ... like what she’s comfortable with. She doesn’t do anything that she’s not comfortable with. She wanted to come out and support me tonight, and that was really sweet of her."
The Home Again star also admitted that she does "see the resemblance" so many others do when it comes to the two, but for her, she's more focused one the relationship she's established with her daughter. "She’s a beautiful person inside and out," the 41-year-old said. "She’s just a good soul. I’m not sure what she thinks. I’m just 'Mom' to her. We’re happy to share this wonderful experience. I really have a rich, personal relationship with my daughter. I have a really great career, and it’s nice to be able to share it with my kids."
As for what Phillippe will do in the future career-wise, the Golden Globe winner said, "She’s still in school so she has a lot of time to think about what she wants to do. I want for her whatever she wants for herself."
This is exactly what a supportive mother-daughter relationship looks like. It's no wonder Phillippe looks up to her mother so much.