Ryan Reynolds Reveals That He Wants To Have A Big Family With Blake Lively
Ryan Reynolds’ new film R.I.P.D may deal with death. But the actor is looking forward to bringing new life into this world.
The 36-year-old—who married actress and Green Lantern co-star Blake Lively, 25, in a secret ceremony last September—covers the latest issue of Details and confessed that he can’t wait to be a father. “We’d love to have a big family,” Reynolds said. “We both come from big families—my parents did four, Blake’s did five. A lot of people say it’s crazy, but we’ll only know when we’re there, you know? We’ll walk through that fire pretty happily, I think.”
This isn’t the first marriage for Reynolds. The actor was first wed to Scarlett Johansson from 2008 to 2011 and has since admitted that he can often be private when it comes to his romantic entanglements. “I don’t intentionally try to be evasive about that stuff,” he said. “If you ask me to describe my relationship, I mean—words are too clumsy to accurately describe how I feel in that regard, particularly in an interview. It’s a strange thing. I understand the climate we live in and why people are curious. But it’s just tough and almost emotionally violent—for anyone, I think—to see your personal life summarized in a sentence.”
One thing Ryan isn’t hoping for is a house full of boys. “I’m terrified that I’m genetically predisposed to only having boys,” he said. “That’s frightening. By the time I was 10 years old, and I’m not exaggerating, I knew how to patch drywall. There’s nothing my brothers and I didn’t put a hole in. We turned our home into a Wiffle house. That’s something I’m not looking forward to.”
Yet, the actor does remember that growing up his brothers had his back. “I wanted to get an earring when I was 13,” Reynolds recalled. “My brothers said that was a terrible idea and that as soon as Dad—a very, very obsessively strict cop, a tough guy—sees your Wham! starter kit, you’re dead. Like, literally dead. He will turn you into a liquid. But I said, ‘I don’t care. I’m gonna do it.’”
“I had a long walk home that felt like seven or eight days,” he says while talking about getting the piercing. “And when I sat down at the dinner table, drips of sweat were just splashing off the table. I knew I was a dead man. I could feel my dad’s eyes on me, like a laser beam burning a hole through my head. But then I could feel the gaze shift over to my brothers, and I heard him grumble something under his breath that was immensely offensive and that I won’t repeat here. When I looked up, I saw that all three of my brothers had an earring. They did something pretty heroic in that moment. I have some amazing brothers.”