Ava Phillippe on Finding Her Own Way Outside of Mom Reese Witherspoon and Dad Ryan Phillippe’s Spotlight

Her photos tend toward the cheery and engaging, whether they’re of nature, pup Benji or a glam red lip in a kitchen selfie, and even just a note telling her followers, “I hope all of you are doing as well as possible,” will attract an outpouring of thanks for its simple poignancy. But she hasn’t shied away from sharing her opinions about issues that matter to her, either, such as her support for DACA recipients, stopping police violence and ending racial inequity, and she links out to a slew of mental health services.

Asked by Francesca what gave her “the audacity” to speak her mind online, Ava replied with a smile, “The audacity—I have quite a bit of it, I guess.”  

She’ll share something, she says, if “it feels like a human experience and it feels right. That gut feeling of, someone might need to hear this. It makes me feel good, in more ways than one, to be able to share and be real with people on social media as much as is possible. We do see a lot of the falsified sides [of people] or the facades, and it’s just not completely true of everyone, and I think a little truth is good sometimes.”

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