Ava Sambora, Heather Locklear's mini-me, will join a rather elite club with her upcoming role in the Judd Apatow movie "This Is Forty": She, like celebrity kids Mamie Gummer and Eva Amurri before her, is following an actress mom into a show-business career.
Mamie and Eva who, you say? Gummer is the look-alike daughter of Meryl Streep. Her dad is Donald J. Gummer (Donald who?), a sculptor, and Amurri is the offspring of Susan Sarandon and director Franco Amurri.
Ava's dad, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora, has mostly confined his movie experiences to soundtracks. So the 13-year-old, who also has done some modeling, gets her acting chops from Locklear. Locklear had her big film break at the comparatively ripe old age of 23 with the 1984 movie "Firestarter" -- in which Drew Barrymore (granddaughter, by the way, of legendary actor John Barrymore) stirred up flames.
Coincidentally, Locklear starred in a 2008 TV movie with a title similar to Ava's new film -- "Flirting With Forty" -- though the actress, who turns 50 next month, was beyond flirting with the big 4-0 at that point.
Ava is set to play best friend to the character played by Maude Apatow in the film. Which brings us to another mother-daughter actress combo.
Thirteen-year-old Maude's mother, actress Leslie Mann, will play her mother in the film. Younger sister Iris also has a role, and dad Judd Apatow is directing the whole lot of them.
"This Is Forty" is a follow-up to Apatow's "Knocked Up," in which Maude and Iris also appeared. But it's not a sequel, according to Paul Rudd, who will join Mann as they re-create their roles from the funny and frequently raunchy original.
"It isn't a sequel. Leslie Mann and I are playing the same characters that we did in 'Knocked Up,' and it's kind of our story," Rudd says in a Belfast Telegraph interview.
Rudd, who married girlfriend Julie Yaeger in 2003, has two kids, son Jack and daughter Darby. It does not appear, at this time, that they will act in or help direct the movie. Too bad, as there's additional incentive in casting family members along the way, Apatow noted in February.
"This is how I pay for their college education," the director joked to On the Red Carpet. "I put them in movies and pay them SAG scale."
-- Amy Hubbard
Photo: Ava Sambora, left, and Heather Locklear. Credits: Christina House / For the Los Angeles Times, left; Peter Kramer / Getty Images, right.