Date: 12th April 2001

Ryan Phillippe's Family Bliss

Hollywood heart-throb RYAN PHILLIPPE insists he and wife REESE WITHERSPOON are like any normal couple.

The couple are the proud parents of baby AVA, who was born a few months after their summer wedding in June 1999 - and reckon they're no different from any other young family.

Ryan says, "If you saw us at home you wouldn't know we were actors, except we're young and we have a nice house."

The 26-year-old says he and his ELECTION (1999) star spouse make career decision based around their daughter's welfare. "Me and Reese don't want to be working in different places at the same time. Before Christmas (00) she was finishing a movie while I staying at home taking care of Ava," he explains.

When Ryan was making his new film ANTITRUST (2001), for which he got paid $1 million (666,000), Reese and their daughter would visit him on set in Vancouver, Canada.

The hunky Ryan is now hoping to branch out into directing and hopes to make his wife "the next JULIA ROBERTS." (ES/LK/KW)

Source: WENN