In a recent interview, Ryan Reynolds talked about his relationship with his father, saying Blake Lively helped him mend it before his passing.
During an interview with Mr. Porter, Reynolds talked about his ‘tough’ relationship with his father. The actor said, “My dad was a tough guy. He was good in many ways as well, but he was tough on us. This is not meant to be some sob story – everyone carries their own bag of rocks around and I am no different in that regard – but growing up in my house, it was never relaxing or easy and I know that, throughout my life, I’ve dealt with anxiety in different ways.”
Reynolds revealed that his wife, Blake Lively, helped him repair his relationship with his dad just in time before he passed away in 2015 due to Parkinson’s disease. Reynolds said, “She has a gift for foresight.”
The couple’s first daughter, James, is named after Reynolds’ late father. After mending the fractured relationship, the couple decided to name their first child after Reynolds’ father as well.
Although James is an unusual name for a girl, Reynolds said, “It felt right. All family relationships come with some complications. For better or worse, all roads lead to here. At the end of the day, it’s easier to focus on the good stuff than the bad. My father died soon after my daughter was born, but he got to see her, which makes me happy.”
During the interview, the actor also revealed he struggles with anxiety. He said, “I tend to get pretty depressed and I have some issues with anxiety and things like that.”
He also stated that exercise helps him focus his mind, and he uses his anxiety to fuel his creativity. He explained, “I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, but anxiety is also a great fuel. I mean, my God, it’s the anti-complacency pill, but it’s also something that you need to manage.”
Reynolds has long been known as one of the funniest celebrities in Hollywood. His Twitter is filled to the brim with funny one liners that have now translated into his movies, Deadpool and Deadpool 2. The merc-with-a-mouth actor said, “I’ll look for the joke in things so that I don’t look for the sadness and the grief.”
Deadpool 2 was released in cinemas worldwide on May 10, 2018.