Saturday, 9 May 2015

Reese's Niece, Abby James, Plays Little Reese in Hot Pursuit!

The New Orleans set of Hot Pursuit, Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon's new comedy, was basically a family reunion – Witherspoon was joined by her children (Ava, 15, Deacon, 11, and Tennessee, 2) and mother, while Vergara included her son (Manolo, 22) and mother in on the fun.

Yet one family member will actually make an appearance in the film – playing a very important role.

"My niece Abby James Witherspoon plays me in the movie," Witherspoon tells PEOPLE. "It was so cute."

At the Hot Pursuit premiere in L.A. last Thursday, Wither spoon posed with her niece on the red carpet and showed off the resemblance. For Abby James' debut role, she depicts the child version of Witherspoon's character, Cooper, an uptight police officer who finds herself going on a series of misadventures with a drug lord's sexy widow.

"You should have asked Ava to be the 16-year-old you," Vergara joked to Witherspoon during PEOPLE's joint interview, and she's on to something – Witherspoon and her daughter looked identical (aside from Ava's blue hair) in an Instagram the actress posted before the premiere, though Witherspoon insists that "Ava doesn't want to do that."

Regardless, we're thrilled there are at least two mini-Reeses (that we know of…) out there in the world, and we can't wait to see Abby James emulate her proud aunt in the movie.