Ryan Reynolds: ‘I’m terrified I’m genetically predisposed to only having boys’

Here’s something I will never understand: if you’re a magazine editor and you get a somewhat major actor to pose for a real photoshoot for your magazine, why would you go out of your way to make it look like A) you hate the actor and/or B) that you’re cutting and pasting his image from some other source? I don’t know what to make of Details’ August cover featuring Ryan Reynolds. It’s awful. And the rest of the shoot is pretty boring too. I wasn’t expecting much from the interview, so I was slightly surprised when Ryan did talk a little bit about married life with Blake and some interesting stuff about his family and career. You can read the full piece here, and here are some highlights:

He’s the youngest of four brothers, his dad was a cop: He was born in Vancouver to a working mom and a cop-turned-food-wholesaler father. “My brothers and I, we all look and move and sound so different, you’d never guess we exited the same vagina,” he says. “I pretty much got pounded the whole time. I don’t bruise easily anymore. I can’t tell you how many times the cops were called to our house.” But wait. . . wasn’t your dad a police officer then? “Yeah, that’s very embarrassing. When your dad’s a cop, calling 911 is really just like calling Dad at work.”

Early acting gigs: “I’d fantasize that I had tuberculosis,” he says. “It was just totally weird. I’d believe it, too. I told everybody I was dying from TB. To this day I can’t really explain it, other than it was just an obvious prelude to what I do now, living in make-believe in this hyperdramatized environment.”

He shades Green Lantern: “Every time I’ve gotten myself into trouble it’s because I’m choosing a project based on a long-term career goal as opposed to something that speaks to me at the moment,” he admits, citing Green Lantern. “When I signed on, there was no script. There was just some art to look at. It was a time when I thought, ‘Wow, I sort of have to do this.’ I felt I had to go forward even though I knew nothing about it.”

Trying not to discuss his personal life: “I don’t intentionally try to be evasive about that stuff,” he explains. “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.”

He wants to be a dad: “We’d love to have a big family,” he says. “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. I think you have to let go of this idea that you can be precious about everything, and let it be the abstract mess that it is,” he says of the child-crammed life he’s envisioning, which, unlike his own family, he hopes will include some daughters. “I’m terrified that I’m genetically predisposed to only having boys. 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.”

Moving beyond his comfort zone in his career: “There’s s–t-your-pants fear around every corner because I’m usually stepping out of a comfort zone that I haven’t done before in a film,” Reynolds says of his current projects. “But that’s the wonder of it, the beauty of it. I can’t say I’ve ever finished a film and been particularly thrilled with myself or patted myself on the back. And maybe that’s what keeps me going, and that’s a good thing. It speaks volumes about how I perceive myself. Like a lot of people, I’ve got a self-loathing streak that’s alive and well. It acts as a de facto engine when I’m working, but it also has its extraordinary pitfalls, too.”

He mentions Blake again: “I told Blake I was going to do this entire interview just singing ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’ and see if you would print that verbatim,” he says. “Just hours of that.”

[From Details]

I’ll admit that I laughed out loud at “I’m terrified that I’m genetically predisposed to only having boys. 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.” I just got an image of a ten-year-old patching drywall and it was really funny. Ryan’s poor mom! All those destructive boys. As for Ryan’s baby-longing… the tabloids keep claiming that Blake did a bait-and-switch on the baby issue, that she was all “I would love to have babies!” when they were dating and now that she’s got the ring, she’s not really into it. It will be interesting to see if and when Blake gets knocked up. We’ll see, y’all.

Photos courtesy of Details.

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  1. Rose says:

    I can’t believe he mentioned his mums v-hole! There are other ways to express what he was trying to say. Otherwise he comes across well in this interview, usually i can’t stand him

  2. RocketMerry says:

    He is just so very boring. And then, he goes and gets married to Blake Lively. Why? How can so much boredom be even conceived in the world?!

    • Liv says:

      Haha, true. I don’t hate them, but they are both just too boring to really like them!

    • Nalgene says:

      I only know him from his high profile wives/gfs. Other than Green Lantern (crap) and the Sandra Bullock romcom (crap) what else has he done? Not being snarky just curious in a I-dont-care-enough-to-google fashion.

      • Sannie says:

        Mostly, I know him from ‘Two guys, a girl and a pizza place’ (crap) 🙂

      • Amelia says:

        Safe House (crap) and also The Change Up (doubly crap).
        Dude picks crappy films. The best thing he’s done IMO, was the cameo in Ted (decent) 🙂

      • mercy says:

        He’s probably most famous for ‘The Proposal’ (and ‘Green Lantern,’ poor guy), and ‘Safe House’ did well. He’s been in several comedies that are on TV all the time (‘Van Wilder,’ ‘Just Friends,’ ‘Waiting’) and he’s one of the few watchable moments in the ‘Blade’ and ‘Wolverine’ sequels.

        My favourites are his smaller movies, like ‘Definitely, Maybe’ (sweet comedy with Rachel Weisz and Isla Fisher), ‘The Nines’ (an indie drama where he plays three different characters – Melissa McCarthy played the wife of one of them), ‘Smokin’ Aces’ (drama with a huge cast, incl. Ben Affleck – messy plot, but some of RR’s best acting), and ‘Buried’ (another indie – incredible performance, but so intense).

      • Isa says:

        I loved “Waiting.”

      • Liv says:

        I love Definitely Maybe!!

      • MrsBPitt says:

        Watch Buried…it was really good!

    • T.Fanty says:

      Next week they’re going on a double-date with Henry Cavil and Kaley Cuoco.

  3. Kate says:

    Why is he marrying these Hollywood bimbo starlets when he obviously wants a more housewife type of woman?
    Scarlette didn’t want it and Blake looks to be pulling the same thing. I don’t see this marriage lasting either.

  4. Anna says:

    Poor guy…that ghost movie is going to be yet another bomb on his resume. Van Wilder was his best work.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      You know, I watched them film RIPD on my street TWO YEARS ago????

      That does NOT bode well for this production.

      I would have expected a release date maybe a year later, but two years later? It was a $130M budget..seems insane to me..

      • mercy says:

        It’s definitely a summer popcorn movie, but the CGI and all that would have had to be completed in a relatively short amount of time to have put it out last summer. It was supposed to come out earlier this summer, but the studio pushed it to July, when there are a million other options. I don’t know what the thinking was on that, since it’s not a remake or sequel and the graphic novel it’s based on is not well known.

        I can’t wait until he goes back to doing films about real people lol.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Ah I see. Well I’ll be watching it simply because of where it was filmed 😉

        I agree with you about them making movies about “real people” too 🙂

  5. Cool Phosphorescent Shimmer says:

    I only have one son (and 2 daughters), so maybe having 4 boys is a special, super-duper kind of parenting, but it sounds to me like his parents should’ve perhaps offered a bit more supervision/discipline, if the police and drywall repair were in such demand. Now, he seems to enjoy hyperbole, so who knows?

    • Esmom says:

      Yeah, I hear you. One of my husband’s best friends has 4 brothers and they were pretty rambunctious together (and still are). But they most definitely didn’t destroy the house or have to call police while growing up.

    • Jessie says:

      Oh no. I believe him. I have a daughter and two sons. Daughter–easiest baby ever, never broke anything, house always spotless, could take her anywhere. Eleven years later I now have two toddler boys. I swear they spend their days coming up with new ways to destroy my house and it’s belongings. They’re also obsessed with Mike the Knight so it’s swords and fighting all day. I can only imagine its going to be how Ryan Reynolds says his house was when they get older.

      • Sherry says:

        You and I have the same life! I had my daughter first and I remember 5 years later when I was pregnant with my second child, a friend said, “I hope this one’s a boy so you will know not all children are these perfect little angels.” Well, I had a boy and two years later, another boy.

        Now the two of them conspire against me. They are 9 and 11 and I started them running with me a few months ago just to get some of their energy under control. I cannot imagine having 4!

      • Esmom says:

        @Jessie, I have two boys, too, and their toddler years sound similar to your boys’ so far. Very rough. But instead of escalating as they got older, the roughness toned down.

        They’re 12 and 14 now and rarely do they get into major physical fighting. Maybe because they save it for sports? They’re very athletic and involved in sports so maybe that keeps the home life quiet?

    • LadyMTL says:

      My boyfriend is the youngest of three boys (he’s a twin too) and his mother still tells stories about how rough and tumble it was when they were growing up. I don’t think it was a question of lack of discipline – boys can be a real handful.

    • DeltaJuliet says:

      I have two boys, six years apart. And I supervise all.day.long. So the actual damage is pretty minimal. But yeah, they basically want to play swords, pile up toys and jump into them, and throw balls around all day. Every now and then they actually scuffle. Boys are little balls of energy.

      • Isa says:

        Yup. I have a daughter and a toddler son. I honestly didn’t think girls and boys were that different but he proved me wrong. He’s been into everything “boy” since he could show a preference. He’s not even two and I’m surprised (and glad!) he hasn’t broken an arm yet. You can’t turn your back on him

  6. Feebee says:

    i can’t help but like this guy. I feel sorry he might not get what he obviously wants.

  7. Crumpets & Crotchshots says:


    I am the daughter who broke a massive hole into a bathroom door with a baseball bat. It’s not all straw bonnets and dolls, dude.

    • Spooks says:

      I broke pretty much every glass thing we ever had, including our glass door. I feel you.

      • mercy says:

        I fell through a plate glass window while playing hide-n-seek. I was pushed by the neighbour boy, however.

        I’ll take girls for my own children, but Ryan should have boys – many boys. 😉

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      During one of my many childhood tantrums, I kicked my foot through French glass doors.
      I also broke several vases.

    • Chordy says:

      Yeah, I pretty much broke anything breakable in my childhood, including most of my bones and about half of my brother’s. I wasn’t violent or anything, just rambunctious. It was the 80s so we played WWF a LOT and I always insisted on being Muscle Man Randy Savage.

  8. DanaG says:

    I’m surprised Blake isn’t pregnant yet so it seems like she has done the bait and switch. Ryan wants to be dad most guys are too scared to mention kids, he has a plan. LOL My sister had five kids 3 boys and they didn’t destroy the house what was theirs made out of cardboard? They could have one or two then find it too much a lot of people I know want a certain number but change their minds pretty fast once they have one and it is all a reality.

  9. magpie says:

    That doesn’t mean anything. I have afriend that also came from a family of 4 boys and ended up having twin girls.

    • Feebee says:

      Yep, husband is one of three boys no sisters and we have 2 daughters.

      I read once that gender selection could be impacted by stress in males. High stress meant girl sperm. Ha, no idea if true.

  10. Tessa says:

    I have four brothers. It was like living in a barnyard sometimes. And they knew not to mess with my mom’s house, but they destructed plenty of things outside. My dad had a box of replacement windows for the garage. After he went through about five boxes of ten, they switched to plastic, lol.

  11. judyjudy says:

    My daughter was the first girl born to my husband’s side of the family in 68 years. We had kind of expected to have all boys, too.

    FWIW my girl is far more wild and destructive than my boy.

  12. j.eyre says:

    His humor doesn’t read as well as it speaks, does it?

  13. MissTaken says:

    I think they are a lovely couple and wish them a bunch of kiddies! The adorableness would be epic 🙂

  14. Madpoe says:

    I’d love to give him daughters. 😉

  15. Jenna says:

    I kind of like him! Granted I’d never want to ride that like a prized bronco, but still…he seems nice. And IF I ever reproduce, I’d want boys…fingers crossed I can wrangle them all, and that they won’t be mini-construction workers by age 10. 🙂

    Also, I can’t be the only one laughing at that headline of him getting his ‘swagger back’. lol

  16. Jazzy says:

    Funny how he talked about Green Lantern. Sounds like regret to me and not just about the film. Hindsight is 20/20.

  17. Jazzy says:

    Funny how he talked about Green Lantern. Sounds like regret to me and not just about the film. Hindsight is 20/20. Also, can we all agree that “swagger” is dead? Can it go in the pile with “Who let the dogs out?”

    • mercy says:

      Funny, there’s another new interview in Total Film where he talked about how fortunate he is for his “wonderful wife” and family, and to make a good living doing something he enjoys. He also said that in retrospect he would “never tell myself to not do something that turned out to be complete and utter sh-t,” in his professional or personal life, because everything led to the life he has now.

    • Holden says:

      Swagger was dead as soon as people started saying it. I think of sweaty musky BO whenever people talk about having it.

  18. Holden says:

    I like Ryan and Blake and wish them well. I grew up with a brother and we used to brawl with neighborhood kids and rough house, but no one ever came close to calling 911? Sounds like a ridiculous exaggeration to me.

  19. lama says:

    i was JUST thinking the other day how nice it’s been now that they’ve both disappeared

  20. Nicolette says:

    By his description of his relationship with his brothers I wonder if that was what he used for his role in ‘Just Friends’. Love the scenes between his brother and him, very funny movie.

  21. Thiajoka says:

    Who does he think he is, Lady Macbeth?

  22. Camille (TheOriginal) says:

    I laughed at the boy comments too. Cute. But seriously, boys are lovely, I have one, so I should know ;). And teenage girls are the worst, so I’ll take my one and only son thanks lol.

    I hope RR and Blake have some kids, they will be tall and gorgeous no doubt.
    Cute interview, he seems to be in a much happier place than he was when he was married to that grumpy ScarHo.

  23. Lux says:

    Snooze. They’re both such a bore.

  24. Dommy Dearest says:

    I’ve read in a few articles Blake isn’t focusing on having kids. That she wasn’t ready. I’m more than positive it was the bait and switch.