Of the celebrity parents who are #goals, it's safe to say that Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are everyone's favorite. (Sorry to Chrissy Teigen and John Legend... we still love that couple, too.) There's something special about the way that Ryan and Blake talk about one another and the sweet, romantic looks that they share while on the red carpet or out in public together. We can tell that they're seriously in love, and now they're raising two seriously cute daughters: four-year-old James and two-year-old Inez.
We know that Blake is a talented actress who starred on Gossip Girl for several years and is now taking on fascinating film projects like The Age Of Adaline and A Simple Favor. And we know that Ryan Reynolds is one of the funniest actors around. Together, they're an amazing couple, and it's no wonder that people want to know what kinds of parents they are and how they raise their sweet children. They really seem like they have it all together, and we want to know how they balance their life in Hollywood with their family life.
Read on to find out 19 things about Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively's family life.
19 Blake And Ryan Are Raising Their Kids In The Country, And It Sounds Sweet
Once a celebrity couple becomes parents, they often have to ask themselves this question: Should they raise their kids in L.A. or create a home base somewhere outside of Hollywood?
For Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, they're raising their kids in the country. According to People, "The couple, who married in September 2012, has a cozy country life with their two daughters at their idyllic home in Bedford, New York — spending time running errands in town, horseback riding, dining at local restaurants and hosting holiday gatherings in their backyard." Doesn't that sound so lovely and perfect?! It sounds like a great place to raise a family.
18 They Have Lots Of Family Fun (Like Heading To A Deadpool Kids' Party)
This is one famous family that seems to have a lot of fun, and recently, Ryan and Blake took the kids' to a birthday party that was Deadpool themed. That must have been such a special experience for Ryan since, of course, that's the movie that he has starred in (along with the sequel).
This party was in August 2018. As The Daily Mail reported, "He may have his hands full with an array of new movies, but Ryan Reynolds was throwing himself into his favorite role of doting dad on Sunday. The actor, 41, was every inch the family man as he took his daughters, Inez and James, three, to a Deadpool-themed children's party in New York City alongside his wife Blake Lively. Ryan carried his youngest, one, in his arms as they stepped outside of the car." We're really loving James's polka-dot dress.
17 They Know They Have To Be Good Friends In Order To Be Good Parents
Many people believe that the best relationships start from a foundation of friendship. That was the case for Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively. They were actually pals for two years and then they started seeing each other.
It sounds like they know that they have to be good friends in order to be good parents, which many people can probably relate to because we often hear the relationship advice that being friends is so important. According to Brightside, "The actress admits that she always turns to her husband for advice and she can always cry on his shoulder, and he understands her."
16 Blake Is Actually A Homebody
It turns out that Blake Lively is actually a homebody, which might be surprising to hear. After all, we always think that Hollywood stars are living incredible lives, going to movie premieres and fashion shows and not sitting at home eating pizza and watching Netflix like the rest of us.
Blake has talked about enjoying staying home, which we can relate to so much. Hello Giggles quoted Blake Lively as saying, “I love my personal life so much — and my family so much. It takes a lot to make me want to leave the house.” We're over here saying, "Same." It's so much fun to hang out at home with our kids.
15 Ryan Is A Super-Dad, And Says He's A "Better Person" After Having Kids
Couples who are in love often say that their partner made them a "better person." New parents often say the same thing about having a baby. It's definitely true that having a baby is such a life-changing experience, and we often say that we learn so much from our parenting experiences.
Every time Blake and Ryan talk about their family life, it's sweet and heartwarming. It was no different when Ryan Reynolds talked about being a "better person" after having his kids. According to People, Ryan appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and he said, “It’s kind of made me a better person, I think.”
14 Funny Dad: Ryan Comes Up With Tweets That Aren't Actually True
If we know one thing about Ryan Reynolds, it's that he's pretty funny... and he also loves to tweet some funny moments about his kids.
But, Ryan comes up with tweets that aren't actually true. ET Online quoted Blake Lively as saying, "When he says 'my daughter,' he's never, ever talking about her. Everything is a completely made-up scenario. He'll run them by me sometimes just to make me laugh. But oh, I'm so in love with him when he writes that stuff. I mean, I’m in love with him most of the time, but especially with that." (Okay, Blake stop being so cute... Just kidding. We love hearing this stuff.)
13 Ryan Considers His Children His Friends, Which Is Adorable
The Huffington Post quoted Ryan Reynolds saying, “It’s a dream, you know? They’re like my buddies. I love it.”
It's really adorable to hear Ryan say that his kids are like his friends. While some people say that you shouldn't be friends with your children and that you need to set boundaries and rules and be more strict, we can probably agree that it's cute to say your kids are your friends. You can definitely still create rules and boundaries and still say they're your pals. We're sure that Blake and Ryan have some rules for their children like any parents would.
12 So Sweet: Blake Helped Ryan Get Closer To His Own Dad
Elle.com says that when Ryan Reynolds was interviewed by Mr Porter, he talked about how Blake Lively helped him get closer to his dad in the time that he had left with him. As the publication explained, "However, before his father’s [passing] in 2015 after a long battle with Parkinson’s diseases, Reynolds revealed that his wife encouraged him to repair their fractured relationship before his [passing]. ‘She has a gift for foresight,’ he gushed."
This is really sweet to hear and proves that these celebrity parents are super close, supportive of each other, and there for each other. It sounds like they have a really wonderful marriage and are lucky to have each other.
11 Blake And Ryan Want Another Baby (But Not Now)
Us Weekly says that Ryan and Blake want to have a third baby, but not right now.
We know that once we become parents, people often ask us when we're going to become parents for the second time. If we're just regular people and we get these questions, we can only imagine how many times celebrities are asked this. We bet Blake and Ryan are tired of hearing it, but hey, Blake has said that they're "breeders" and that they want more kids, so they do talk about it sometimes. We love their family, and can't wait to hear an announcement about baby number three.
10 They Know They're Famous But Are Careful That Their Daughters Have A Regular Time Growing Up
Hello Giggles says that Blake and Ryan want to make sure that their daughters have a regular time while growing up, which sounds awesome. It's so interesting to think that kids know no different than the family that they have, and that to James and Inez, they have wonderful parents but they have no idea how famous their parents are (not yet, at least).
It must be strange to walk around knowing that you will be photographed all the time but so will your kids, and when they're really little, it must feel pretty frustrating. It sounds like this famous couple has a good handle on raising their family and we think they sound so grounded.
9 They Want Their Daughters To Be Strong
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds want their daughters to be strong. Girl moms can absolutely relate since this is such an important thing to teach our daughters.
According to Aplus.com, Blake Lively has talked in detail about this. She said about the scripts that she comes across, "I'm more conscious of language too. I was reading a script, and this woman, who's very tough, did something where she took control of her life. And so she's sitting, gripping the wheel, 'a look of empowerment on her face.' And I thought, Hmm, they don't point that out about men: 'Look how empowered he is.' It's just innate."
8 Perfect Mama: Blake Knows People Will Say She's Got A Flawless Family Life
When we think about Blake and Ryan's family life, do we think that they seem flawless? Even if we know that we shouldn't because everyone deals with problems and has bad days, we can't help but assume.
According to The Inqusitr, Blake totally knows that people think that she has a flawless family life. She has talked about this really eloquently. She said, “The night before an interview, I have complete anxiety: ‘How is this person going to spin me?' “So when you read, ‘Oh, she’s got a perfect life,’ or ‘Her life is crumbling’ — they pick narratives for everyone. And the narratives stick.”
7 Blake And Ryan Make Sure There Are Lots Of Laughs
We all love Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds for a few reasons, but we mostly love them because they are so funny. It sounds like they make sure that there are lots of laughs and that this is a staple of their amazing family life.
As Brightside says, "Lively shared a photo of Reynolds and herself and added, 'If there’s one thing I’m infinitely proud of in this picture, it’s the incredible hair styling that I did on myself.'" We love hearing stories like this, and we're totally convinced that their house is full of laughter and fun every day.
6 They Talk All The Time About Anything That's Going On
We want to be able to talk to our partner when we're in a good relationship, and that's particularly true when we become parents. Life gets more complicated and much busier, and if we can't lean on our partner, who can we lean on?
Blake and Ryan talk all the time about anything that's going on, which is definitely a good lesson.
Thisisinsider.com quoted Blake as saying, "In other relationships, if something came up, I would call my girlfriends or my sister, and say, 'Hey, this is what he did — what should I do?'... And I treat him like my girlfriend. I'm like, 'Hey, this happened. It upset me. This is how I feel. What do I do?' And he does the same for me. He treats me like his best buddy."
5 They Picked A Baby Name That Has A Greater Meaning
It's pretty cool to pick a baby name that can be used for a boy or a girl. There are many names that work for both genders and sound great either way — like Dylan or Charlie, for example.
We love that Blake and Ryan named their first daughter James, but we might not know that there's actually a greater meaning behind it. This is a really sweet fact about their family life. According to In Style, Ryan's late dad (who passed away in 2015) was named James, so that's how they found the name. It's always meaningful to name a baby after a loved one who has since passed.
4 They Share Parenting Duties Equally (Because Ryan's The Best)
Something else that we should know about Blake and Ryan's family life is that they share parenting duties equally. Living the dream, right?! Blake is not only married to such a good-looking, funny actor, but he's willing to put in the work to be the best dad ever. We love hearing this.
According to The Huffington Post, when Ryan Reynolds was on Late Night with Seth Meyers, he said, “Just do the dirty work, man. You gotta do the diapers. You gotta do the middle of the night thing ... A human being will exit your wife, so she’s done enough. Just change the diapers and do all that stuff.”
3 Blake And Ryan Embrace The Tired Days Of Raising Two Children
Anyone with two or more children knows that life gets more tiring and much busier. It sounds like Ryan and Blake totally embrace this, and it's interesting to hear them talk about their family life.
The Huffington Post quoted Ryan as saying, “It’s hard. It’s always a challenge ― two kids. I think of blinking now as tiny little breaks all day.”
What mom can't relate to his words? Of course, he talked about parenting two kids with his trademark sense of humor, which we love. Moms know that it's best to parent with smiles and laughter because sometimes, you're so tired that you just have to laugh, right?
2 The Famous Couple Switches Taking On Acting Projects
When we think about Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds's family life, we're definitely wondering when they work. Since they're both in the same industry, how does that affect their family life?
Blake and Ryan take on acting projects at different times, which is really logical. According to ET Online, Blake Lively said, "We don't work at the same time. We’re here as a family, then we’ll pack up, and I'll go do a couple of movies."
It's awesome to hear that the celebrity parents have created a system that works for them, especially since it must get stressful to coordinate filming.
1 Blake Shares The Real Mom Moments On Social Media
When we're fans of a celebrity mom, it's because they talk about the real mom moments that we all deal with on a daily basis. We don't want to hear a famous person say that it's so hard having three nannies or that they have to only work out once a day instead of two, now that they're a mom. That's just not relatable.
Thankfully, Blake Lively isn't like that at all. She shares the mom moments that we love hearing about. As Honey.nine.com.au shared, she once posted on social media, "Thank you for making me look like I slept more than two hours last night" #breastfeedingmama."