20 Times Ryan Reynolds Was Total Boyfriend Material
by Jasmine Gordon
In addition to being super-talented, Ryan Reynolds is a model family man and all-around nice guy. He’s been married to Blake Lively since 2012. The two have a 1-year-old daughter, James, and live in New York State. Awww. Despite Reynolds’ dedication to his lovely family, we’re certain it’s okay to crush on him just a little. Here are 20 of our favorite moments when Ryan Reynolds stole our hearts. If plans for Valentine’s (or Galentine’s) Day fall through, you could always go see Deadpool, Ryan’s new superhero flick, released February 12th.
He Gets Stage Fright
You’d think a mega-star like Reynolds would be used to performing. Actually, Reynolds admitted he looked like “cold yogurt” when he went to record singing for his film The Voices.
He’d Walk Through Fire for His Daughter
Reynolds boasted to GQ that he’d “walk through fire for” his daughter James. He did cool down his commitment after a moment or two, saying that “maybe… a very hot pavement” sounded like a safer idea.
He’s No Try-Hard
Once described as a “character actor trapped in a leading man’s body,” Reynolds is the first to admit he’d rather play a role with some depth. Deadpool was a dream, because, he said, the character is “funny and acerbic and a little bit of a head case.”
He’s a Nature Lover
Reynolds has been known to post pictures of his hiking habit to Instagram. A recent Instagram shot showed the star looking perfectly dressed while hiking Big Bear Mountain in California.
He’s Super Dedicated to Blake
After the birth of his daughter, Reynolds wasn’t shy about vocalizing his love for his wife. He stated, “When we had that baby, I fell more in love with my wife than I’d ever been in my entire life.”
He’s an Animal Lover
Not only is Reynolds a super-dedicated husband and father, he’s a fan of four-legged friends, too. He’s even been known to post some gorgeous canine shots to Instagram.
He Doesn’t Feel Like the Sexiest Man Alive (Even Though He Is)
Despite the fact he’s basically a major hunk, Reynolds isn’t stuck-up about his good looks. He even admits he struggles with insecurity, stating, “I feel like an overweight, pimply-faced kid a lot of the time.”
Before his current status as a mega-star, Reynolds was sure to enjoy the world with friends. He took a motorcycle trip across New Zealand and used to travel with a backpack and stay in hostels.
He’s a Philanthropist
Ryan Reynolds partnered with American Forests, a sustainability charity that plants trees. He even posted a shot of himself planting the group’s 50 millionth seedling. He adorably named it “Gordon.”
While Reynolds takes good care of himself, he’s not dogmatic about fitness. To avoid getting “a little depressed,” his goal is to move every day. On some days, that means just taking a walk.
He Doesn’t Kiss and Tell
Ryan Reynolds has been remarkably classy about the demise of his past relationships, including time with Alanis Morrisette and a marriage to Scarlett Johansson. He says, “The media wasn’t invited to my marriage, and they’re definitely not invited to my divorce.”
He Gifts Perfume to Women
Reynolds loves giving Lively bottles of perfume as gifts, and his reasoning is nothing short of adorable. He says, “Fragrance is a very personal gift, and I think that’s why it makes a great Christmas gift.”
He Appreciates Women’s Efforts
Ryan Reynolds doesn’t ignore all the effort Blake Lively and other women put into their hair, makeup, manicures, and styling. He admits he has it easy, saying, “Guys are lucky: We can just wear a suit over and over again.”
He Grants Wishes
Reynolds recently met with some chronically ill youth in Deadpool costume as part of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. He may be a real-life genie after all!
He Has a Bad Boy Streak
Despite his reputation as one of the sweetest dudes in Hollywood, Reynolds has a bit of a checkered past. He spent Halloweens as a kid “throwing firecrackers in people’s mailboxes” and even straight at houses!
He Loves His Parents
When asked to share his greatest fear, Ryan admitted that he always wanted to make his parents proud. In his words, “I feared disappointing my father more than anything in the world.”
He Doesn’t Mind Dad Exhaustion
Reynolds admitted in a fall interview that he doesn’t mind changing diapers or sleepless nights one bit. While he admits he often feels “exhausted,” the star said, “I have this stupid grin on my face all the time.”
He’s Not Afraid of Hard Work
While Reynolds has had a successful film career for years, he definitely had a humble start. He moved out at 16 and spent years working as a busboy, in warehouses, and doing odd jobs.
Despite the fact that Reynolds is among the most prolific stars in Hollywood today, he’s modest about his career success. He once stated, “For every character I play, there’s ten others… that went to another actor because he’s better qualified.”
He Doesn’t Let Fame Get to His Head
You would think that with all of his adoration and success, Reynolds would feel like he’s on top of the world? Not so much. He takes his success with a grain of salt, saying, “For the most part, Hollywood is a world of imagination.”