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BELOW: Reynolds starring with Sondra Bullock in The Proposal
(2009). Bullock acts as an overbearing book editor who forces
Reynolds’ character to marry her to avoid being deported.
AT RIGHT: Reynolds first met Blake Lively in early 2010
while filming Green Lantern together in 2011. They married in
“We were buddies then,” Reynolds explained to En-
tertainment Weekly’s SiriusXM show. “I remember it
was funny because for about a year after Green Lan-
tern had come and gone and we were both single.
We went on a double date. She was on a date with
another guy and I was on a date with another girl.”
It was that date where it became apparent Lively and
Reynolds were meant for each other. “That was the
most awkward date because we were just like fireworks
coming across,” described Reynolds. “It was weird at
first, but we were buddies for a long time. I think the
best way to have a relationship is to start as friends.”
wasn’t long before both pairs had broken up.
“They’re the loveliest people, Ryan and Blake,” says actor
Stanley Tucci, a former neighbor of the couple. “When we
first met, we went over and I think we saw them practically
every other day; for a week my kids were staying over at
their house. They love cooking and their home life. They’re
just two of the most generous people I’ve ever met.”
Since marrying Lively, Reynolds invigorated his career
and even took another crack at playing a superhero.
In 2016, he approached the Marvel character Dead-
pool from a comedic perspective. The film went on to
become a runaway success. Drawing upon his comedic
chops, he reprised the role in Deadpool 2. That film
and its predecessor catapulted Reynolds into the Hol-
lywood stratosphere. The second film generated $784
million at the worldwide box office to become the high-
est-grossing X-Men movie, it also served as the ideal
role to finally channel and express his struggles with
the paralyzing anxiety he’s felt throughout his life.
It was during the press junket for Deadpool 2 that
Reynolds shared with fans his struggle with mental ill-
ness. He’s said that he carried out many interviews
in the character of Deadpool to alleviate his fears.
“I have anxiety, I’ve always had anxiety,” he told the New
York Times in 2018. “Both in the lighthearted ‘I’m anx-
ious about this’ kind of think, and I’ve been to the depths
of the darker end of the spectrum, which is not fun.”
He says that humor has always been a way to
handle the anxiety that grips him tightly. “I’ll
look for the joke in things so that I don’t look
for the sadness and the grief,” he’s said.
Reynolds also manages his feelings of anxiety
and depression through lifting weights and run-
ning daily. “Exercise is a means of expelling
those demons,” he told the Independent.
With the future of movie release dates uncertain due
to the pandemic, fans may have to wait awhile to see
a new Ryan Reynolds film. It’ll be worth the delay. In
the wings is the movie Free Guy, an action comedy in
which Reynolds plays “a background character who
realizes he’s living in a video game. With the help
of an avatar, he tries to prevent the makers of the
game from shutting down his world.” Sound familiar?
Until then, no doubt, Reynolds will keep us en-
tertained on Instagram. Having been recently
naturalized in the United States, now that Reyn-
olds holds two passports and is a dual citizen, he
can finally be officially recognized as the world’s
most treasured Canadian/American hero.
TEXOMA AREA Living Well Magazine | MAY/JUNE 2020