It’s been an emotional time for actress Reese Witherspoon since her 19-year-old, Ava, left for college earlier this year.

And it’s given her a new perspective on how she acted when she left for school around the same age, the actress told “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Witherspoon said she got extremely emotional when her eldest child flew the coup. She explained:

“It’s weird when your children go away to college. It’s hard. I never imagined how it felt for my mom. I might have gone into her empty room, laid down on her bed and cried when she went to college.”

She added:

“It’s okay, she’s coming back. I thought she would be gone.”

Witherspoon said she now feels a bit guilty about leaving “skid marks” on the driveway when she left home for college.

Now, she knows how her “poor mom” likely felt, she said. The 43-year-old then offered an on-air apology to her mother, Betty:

“I went to college for one year and then I started making movies and I moved to L.A. and I never came back. Sorry, mom.”

The “Big Little Lies” star said that her mother wanted to see her become a plastic surgeon but “got over it” when she purchased her a house.

Witherspoon went viral in February after posing alongside her daughter and mother for Vogue, Dearly reported.

Many fans couldn’t get over their uncanny resemblance in the photo.

Witherspoon still has two younger children at home, 15-year-old Deacon and 6-year-old Tennessee.

Watch her interview below:

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