Ava Phillippe is driven by modesty.
While mom Reese Witherspoon and dad Ryan Phillippe prefer luxury rides, their 17-year-old daughter asked for a used Volkswagen Jetta upon getting her license, a source reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly.
“She’s so down-to-earth,” explains the insider. “Even the nanny has a Lexus to drive, but Ava desperately wants to be unassuming.”
To wit, the teen volunteered as a counselor at Malibu’s Camp Harmony for under-served kids in February and spent a summer interning at fashion retailer Nasty Gal. “Ava doesn’t want to just be known as Reese’s daughter,” adds the source. “She wants her own identity.”
And a killer fashion sense. Clad in Chanel, Ava made her first solo red carpet appearance on Thursday, September 22, at a dinner for the fashion house and its signature fragrance, the new Chanel No. 5 L’eau.
In fact, Witherspoon, 40 — who divorced Ava’s dad, Ryan, in 2008 and married Jim Toth in March 2011 — admits she goes to her daughter for advice on the latest trends. “She’s very cutting-edge, and she knows a lot about fashion, and she has her own sense of style, which is amazing,” the Draper James founder gushed to Us Weekly in April. “We try to kind of confer about new styles. She tells me whether or not I can wear things.”
And just like Us, sometimes Ava is embarrassed by her (mega-famous, genetically blessed) parents. In 2015, her dad, 42, admitted he stills gets carded at bars. “My daughter hates it,” the actor, who also has son Deacon, 12, with Witherspoon, told Variety magazine. “Because sometimes people have thought I’m her brother, and she’s freaked out by that!”