Reese Witherspoon finds it terrible that her daughter Ava left the house when she started her first ‘college’ year last fall. The actress said this during a visit to the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“It’s crazy when kids go their own way, it’s really hard. And I never realized how that used to be for my mother, but now that I saw my daughter go, I suddenly understood. I went to her empty bedroom I lay down on her bed and cried with tears when she left, “Reese said.

The Oscar winner said she was not afraid that she would hardly see her daughter anymore. “No, I heard that from other mothers, whose children flew out to schools or universities. They always come back, including my daughter. Even though I was afraid I had lost her.”