Ryan Phillippe's surprise admission about his kids: 'We think differently'

Ryan Phillipe with his kids Ava and Deacon.
Ryan Phillipe with his kids Ava and Deacon. Photo: Instagram | @ryanphillippe

Parents definitely know their kids best, and for Ryan Phillippe that means believing his son does not look a whole lot like him - despite what other people say. 

The actor insists his son actually resembles mum Reese Witherspoon's side of the family, even though fans of the famous family believe Deacon, 17, is a mini-me of his famous dad.  

The teen and sister Ava, 22, are widely considered to resemble their dad and mum respectively, but apparently those close to the siblings disagree. 

 "Quite often, the interpretation in the media is that she looks exactly like her mum and he looks exactly like me, but I think we both feel differently about it," the actor told E! News.

"Obviously, there is a father-son resemblance, but he actually looks a lot more like Reese's side of the family. Ava looks more like mine."

But one thing he acknowledges is that his son is "way better looking than I am."

Fans shared their opinions of whether the father and son look alike on a recent Instagram snap of the pair.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Omg he's your mini me! That's how I remember you when you were on 'One Life to Live'," reminisced one commenter.

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"Your boy is the perfect mixture of you and his mama," reassured another.

Meanwhile, in a recent Instagram picture celebrating Ava's birthday, many fans - along with the family's famous friends - commented on how alike the mother and daughter look. Some even thought the picture was a throwback of Reese.

"Your twin! Happy birthday!" said fellow actress Octavia Spencer.

"She stole your entire face!" joked one commenter.

Speaking to Interview Magazine recently, the actress commented on the joys of parenthood, particularly on watching her children grow up.

"That makes me want to cry, the idea of having a long relationship with adult children," she told the magazine.

"I never expected the kind of relationship that I have with them, but it's so rewarding to be able to have kids that you can process life with a little bit, and they help me understand the complexities of what it means to be a human now."