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It’s this strange reality that compelled him to utilize his considerable celebrity and resources to make a real impact. And, because “I think we can all agree, Covid-19 is an a-hole,” he said. So, interspersed among his hilar- ious Instagram posts carrying on a ‘rivalry’ with fellow actor Hugh Jackman and the ones trolling his glamorous wife, he’s used Instagram to announce the couple’s $400,000 pledge to New York City hospitals and a $1 million donation to food bank charities in the United States and Can- ada, while urging his sizable audience to also donate. The owner of Aviation Gin, Reynolds additionally used the platform to announce that 30% of all sales would go to the Canadian Professional Bartender’s Association “Tip Your Bartenders” program through May 1. Aiming to help bartenders who’ve been laid off during the pandemic, his company donated $10,000 to get the initiative started. “Pneumonia is very serious,” said the actor, whose father died from pneumonia. “It can take out the toughest of us. It certainly got my dad. So coronavirus is a serious thing.” On the subject of Reynolds’ dad, it was a relationship that he’s openly shared with multiple media outlets as being extremely complicated. Born in 1976 in Vancouver, Cana- da, the youngest of four brothers, Reynolds was raised in a volatile environment. He told Cara Buckley of the New York Times that to head off screaming matches or tumult, he would try to fix anything that might set his former police officer-turned-food wholesaler father off, be it by keeping the house immaculately clean or mowing the lawn. “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 relax- ing or easy and I know that, throughout my life, I’ve dealt with anxiety in different ways,” explained the actor to the Independent’s Sabrina Barr. Acting provided an outlet for Reynold’s talent for playing a character and diffusing tough situations. At 13, he landed his first part and instantly felt an affinity for stepping into someone else’s shoes. “I al- most knew right then,” he described to Megan Con- ner at the Guardian. “It played to my strong point. They gave me a role.” Meanwhile, holed up at home alongside Lively, the pair’s three 20th Century Fox daughters, and his mother-in- Reynolds stars in Deadpool (2016), Deadpool 2 (2018), and law, he’s adjusted to quarantine Deadpool 3 (sometime in the future) as a superhero based with his signature wry humor. Reynolds eventually ended on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. “Men tend to be the architect of up in Hollywood in a sitcom someone’s demise,” Reynolds before appearing in an explained during an appearance on The Late Show with assortment of films including National Lampoon’s Van Stephen Colbert at Home in April. “So it’s fine. I like just Wilder, Blade: Trinity, The Proposal, and Buried. being here with the girls. I like doing the girl stuff. This morning I made dresses out of tissue paper for them.” It was his much mocked first outing as a super- hero, in the film Green Lantern, that offered “We’re lucky enough to have a little, tiny garden, so we’re Reynolds the opportunity to meet his future wife learning a little bit about gardening. We’re trying to make Blake Lively. At the time, Reynolds was mar- this an education experience, but I’m mostly drinking,” ried to actress Scarlett Johansson and Lively was Reynolds also divulged to Colbert before getting serious. dating her Gossip Girl costar Penn Badgley. It 26 TEXOMA AREA Living Well Magazine | MAY/JUNE 2020 Continued from page 24 “We live in really weird––really weird––times right now, he told Digital Spy and other media outlets. “You’re like watching the news and they’re like, ‘The top story today is the end of the world…Now to find out what’s really happening between Kylie Jenner and Tyga.’”