“Happy Birthday to my role model, my best friend, the person who has taught me one of the most valuable lessons in life, kindness,” the 21-year-old actress wrote on Feb. 18. “I love you with all my heart, Daddy.”
Along with the message, Ella included an adorable throwback photo of herself as a young kid sitting on her dad’s lap while on the grass. John later thanked everyone for the birthday wishes in a brief video posted on his own Instagram account.
“Before the night is over, I just want to just — oh gosh, okay — I just wanted to thank you for loving me and caring and wishing me a happy birthday,” the actor said. “I really appreciate it.”
Ella’s sweet sentiment echoed the message she posted back in October for National Father-Daughter Day, in which she referred to the Pulp Fiction star as her “hero” and “best friend.”