Laura Dern shares rare photo with daughter Jaya on 18th birthday

A proud mama bear! Laura Dern took to social media to celebrate daughter Jaya’s 18th birthday with a touching tribute.

“My girl is 18 today!!! Happy Birthday Jaya!” Dern, 55, wrote via Instagram on Tuesday, Nov. 29. “You teach me every day what it means to be an honest and deep empath, artist and activist. I love you with everything.”

The post, which featured a carousel of images of Jaya over the years, also featured a recent snap of Big little lies Alum and her youngest smile for the camera.

This is the second time this year that Dern has given a salute to her daughter, whom she shares with her ex-husband Ben Harper. Earlier this fall that Jurassic Park star honored Jaya for National Daughter Day.

“Happy daughters day to my girl. My heart,” Dern wrote via Instagram in September, alongside two pictures of himself with Jaya as a child. “You are the most inspiring person and what an honor to be your mom!”

Laura Dern and daughter Jaya November 2022
Courtesy of Laura Dern/Instagram

While the Oscar winner and Jaya have developed a deep mother-daughter bond over the years, Dern is still determined to stop her daughter from following in her footsteps.

“I basically make them wait,” he said blue velvet Actress said during an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show March. “I started very young at 11 and am so happy that she is waiting and wants to go to school [even though] She knows in her heart that she wants to act. … She often says, ‘You didn’t wait.’”

The California native went on to explain that she “pushed” her parents. Diane Ladd and Bruce Dernto let them act at a young age and “force” their careers on them. “I’ve seen the consequences of not being in school, just doing my thing,” he said history of marriage Stern said at the time.

Dern and Harper, 53, who also share 20-year-old son Ellery, were married for eight years before calling it quits in 2013 Wild Star has since gotten candid about how “stressful” being a single parent was.

“On a good day, I kindly remind myself that there are growing pains, and everything is overwhelming and not easy or always fun,” said the Emmy winner Modern luxury in August 2019. “The rough days … there’s too much going on — and it can be hard to carve out a minute for yourself. I’ve never seen anyone bully me in my life as a single parent.”

Three months earlier, however, Dern opened up InStyle about the silver lining to being a single mom — including how it’s made her more ambitious.

“Raising kids has given me enough street cred to feel like I deserve the right to make money,” the enlightened alum explained. “This moment in my life is so sexy and liberating because I’ve been in a lot of relationships, I’ve been in a marriage, I’ve got my amazing kids, so I’m not hiding to find someone who’s ready to have kids or be married .” Laura Dern shares rare photo with daughter Jaya on 18th birthday

Jaclyn Diaz

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