The couple's naming of their firstborn, daughter James, raised many an eyebrow. Although James should be considered fairly mellow on the scale of outrageous celebrity child names, this did not stop folks from discussing it. Reynolds and Lively did nothing to explain themselves. Until now.
In an interview with Mr. Porter that was released earlier this week, Ryan Reynolds went into detail about the meaning behind their choice of name. Fans were provided some serious insight into the life of the usually private Deadpool star.
“My dad was a tough guy,” he said to the journal. “He was good in many ways as well, but he was tough on us,” he says. “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, who grew up in Vancouver, admitted that he had a "complicated" relationship with his father, James. The former was a cop, boxer, and possessed what Reynolds alluded to as an explosive temper. Their dynamic was strained - but don't think that this A-list star is asking you for feel sorry for him.
Reynolds is anything but a martyr. Though he admits that he struggles with anxiety, this does not define him. In fact he uses it as a tool for his comedy; to see the light and humor in a situation instead of darkness.
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But it is Reynolds wife, Blake Lively, whom he credits with helping to mend his broken relationship with his father - who helped patch some of the anger and angst from his childhood. And just in time.
Ryan's father, James, lost his battle with Parkinson's in 2015. “She has a gift for foresight," Reynolds said when asked about how his wife influenced him to mend fences. His father's namesake, James, was born right before he passed. He was able to meet his granddaughter and to witness firsthand the honor of his legacy.
Included in the interview with Mr. Porter were some snazzy photos of Ryan Reynolds as the face of Piaget - a high-end watch brand. Looking dashing as usual, Reynolds provided his fans with some serious drool-worthy material, posing in a lifestyle shoot that exemplified his killer style and gorgeousness.
Reynolds and Lively, who met on the set of Green Lantern, have since had a second child, another daughter that they have named Ines. If we wait patiently for another three years, perhaps we will learn the meaning behind her name as well.