Ryan Reynolds: we didn’t name our baby Violet & we don’t have a nanny


Bedhead always yells at me for saying that Chris Evans is a pretty bland person, so I’ll be fair to her: Ryan Reynolds is WAY blander. Which is why I’ve been sitting on these Ryan Reynolds stories for days, because I really didn’t know if anyone would be interested in Reynolds whatsoever, even if he is talking about fatherhood and such. Blake Lively gave birth to their baby girl six weeks ago… and we still don’t know the name. Ryan is not confirming the name, even though he did tons of press last week while he was at Sundance (these photos are from Sundance).

As for that rumor that Blake and Ryan named their daughter Violet (like Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s daughter!), Ryan says no: “No that’s not the name. I don’t want to get into that but I don’t know where that came from.” My guess is that we are eventually going to know the name, but not until Blake is ready to shill something. The name will probably be revealed on Preserve, don’t you think? Ryan also told USA Today that he and Blake are very sleep-deprived and he was so excited to be away from the baby for a few days because it meant he got to sleep, with is “borderline p0rn0graphic for me.” They are sleep-deprived, Ryan says, because they do not have a nanny.

Ryan also spoke to E! News this week – you can read the full piece here, he’s just talking about how he just joined Twitter, etc. I thought the best quote was Ryan talking about growing up in a house full of boys and how amazing it is to have a daughter: “I’ll take that any day. I grew up with three older brothers and I know the beatdown that they can cause… I really like my home and growing up with three older brothers we made our house a wiffle house routinely, we put holes in just about everything so having a little girl is…I’ll take it.” But what if Baby Lively-Reynolds is a sports-loving tomboy?!


Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. Lama Bean says:

    I lost all attraction for him a few years ago but he kind of has a hot lumberjack thing going on here.

    • Kaye says:

      I’ve heard that look described as “lumbersexual.”

      • Jegede says:

        @Kaye Serious question – Is that really a thing?

        I’ve heard it referenced a few times but I’m not sure if it’s just slang or it’s part of pop culture.

      • Kaye says:

        @ Jegede Not sure if it’s a real thing. It just amused me when I heard it, and I thought it fit here. :)

    • Esmom says:

      I feel like the lumberjack look is the latest hipster iteration. I went to meet my friends in a bar and it felt like we were in Alaska (we were not, we were in a chichi Michigan resort town), all the guys had beards, lumberjack shirts and knit caps. I’m not gonna lie, I kinda loved it.

      • Kitten says:

        “I went to meet my friends in a bar and it felt like we were in Alaska, all the guys had beard, lumberjack shirts and knit caps.”

        I want to go to there…

      • Esmom says:

        Kitten, seriously I didn’t want to leave! We middle-aged moms lingered happily with our microbrews and artisan burgers enjoying the “surroundings.”

        You can tell I don’t get out much these days!

      • QQ says:

        Me too.. for Research purposes

      • Erinn says:

        We have a lot of the doe-skin jackets, beards, and knit hats around here. I enjoy it. But it’s not so much a hipster thing around here, as a fisherman thing, oddly. It’s gotten a bit more popular, but everyone tends to slap their plaid jacket on and head out on the ATV on the regular.

      • Marygirl says:

        Well, he is from Vancouver after all. That’s a pretty common look around here. Which is fine, if you, like me, enjoy some facial air and plaid. :)

      • FLORC says:

        The look has come back by Hipsters. Such a tragedy. I’ve hung up my red plaid jackets and shirts until it’s no longer something associated with hipsters. They ruin everything :(

      • Esmom says:

        FLORC, I’ve retired my Converse Chuck Taylors for the same reason, even though they predate the advent of hipsters by decades.

      • I Choose Me says:

        Address please.

        @OKitten, QQ et al can we make it a group thing? I dislike going to bars by myself.

    • DL says:

      Who cares. You trying to hijack things here too, Duhvida?

  2. Bridget says:

    Okay, I am officially tired of the “we don’t have a nanny” announcement. Fabulous. You and the vast majority of new parents. Congratulations on taking care of your own kid during its first days on earth.

    • aims says:

      I totally agree. I said something similar also.

    • FingerBinger says:

      “We don’t have a nanny” means we’re just like you.

      • Stef Leppard says:

        “…for now. Once the kid actually starts doing something and is more than just an eating/sleeping/pooing lump, we will call in the reinforcements.”
        —celebrity parents

    • nikko says:

      If I had their money I would have a nanny. Nothing wrong w/ having one.

      • Yup, Me says:

        Thank you. I don’t have anywhere near their money and I’m trying to figure out how to have a nanny before I have any more kids.

        This defiant American do it yourself parenting madness is INSANITY. No two people should just be handed a kid and a good luck and sent out into the world.

      • Bridget says:

        I actually enjoyed the taking care of the baby part. But a cook & a housecleaner would have been a lifesaver! Which I would bet that celebs that proclaim that they don’t use nannies still have other support staff. It doesn’t mean that there’s something wrong with being able to pay to have someone help, but I really dislike this whole “just like us” trend.

    • funcakes says:

      I’m sure the divorced woman with three kids who has to wake up five in the morning that has to get ready for her job at the diner is very proud of Ryan for not getting a nanny.

    • qwerty says:

      It’s not like they are working tho, is it?

    • L&Mmommy says:

      I don’t know why celebs feel like they have to tell us they don’t have a nanny so we can relate to them. Because let me tell you, if I had their cash I would definitely get a nanny or two and most moms I know feel the same way. Because caring for kids is EXHAUSTING and we all need help sometimes. There is no shame in that. I don’t have a nanny because I can’t afford it not because it’s some virtue I’m trying uphold.

    • AppleOne says:

      I know! I don’t have a nanny. I don’t have a baby either, but still. Enough with the self-sacrifice.

      • FLORC says:

        You’re taking that too far as to attack.
        I think they only mean to combat false information that they did have a nanny. Simply stating a correction.

        Rumors where everywhere they named their daughter to copy Jen and Ben and had a nanny. Attacks came out in full force. Now they correct that and it’s self sacrifice?

    • hadlyB says:

      I am sick of hearing it too. Do they also not have ANY help at all? Like a maid, housekeeper, landscaper, cook, chef, and whatever else there is?

      Because a lot of people have kids, and still do everything around their house! If I didn’t have to clean, do laundry, cook, grocery shop or do the yard and just raised my baby I would have it made.

    • Jen says:

      They don’t have a “nanny” but I’m going to bet they have a “baby nurse” or something similar.

  3. Dani says:

    He’s cute here but he lost me after finding Blake.

    • Lee says:

      Lol! He could have done better! If he is bland, Blake is even blander!
      Btw, I agree with Kaiser, I am sure Blake is keeping the name announcement for her silly and pretentious blog.

    • Someonestolemyname says:

      I love Blake and Ryan together. They seem sweet.

      • Kitten says:

        +1. They seem happy. Why all the hate?

      • Jegede says:

        O Kitt, surely you’re not still surprised??

        Surely y’know how ‘bland’ ‘boring’ ‘beige’ Blake has the power to drive certain posters into a hateful tizzy! lol

      • Camille (The Original) says:

        I don’t get the hate either. Sure they can ‘fame-whore’ with the best of them when it’s called for, but otherwise they really do seem harmless to me.

      • Dani says:

        I don’t hate Blake, and I don’t hate Ryan. They just don’t do anything for me as a couple, that’s all.

      • Bridget says:

        I don’t particularly like Blake, but I tend to just skip her posts because she’s not offensive enough to get worked up about.

  4. AuroraO says:

    I’m sure the name will be something very feminine and pretty. And I’m sure the baby is gorgeous.

  5. GingerCrunch says:

    His blandness really pisses me off!

    • Jegede says:


      If yet another Ryan film flops, you wont have to worry about that anymore.

    • Prince Valiant says:

      I agree one hundred per cent. He would be much less bland if he would put other people’s lives in danger by driving drunk or under the influence of cocaine, or beat his wife up at least twice a day, mistreat people on set, cultivate interesting hobbies such as guns, etc. And, yes, they should hire a nanny, possibly to also breastfeed the child, so that no deep, emotional tie is established with the newborn… (Sarcasm). I hope you do not mind me saying this, but I would be very grateful indeed if a synonym could be found for ‘bland’. It is such an overspent word! May I also remind the friends who contribute to this site that, sometimes, some grandmothers and sisters are happy to lend a hand? I do not know about the US, but in Europe they do.

  6. aims says:

    It’s hard for me to be sympathetic to these actors who say they don’t have “help.” Yes new parents are tired as hell, but your the parent and it comes with the gig.

  7. paranormalgirl says:

    Is having a nanny really such an awful thing? I had one when my kids were younger. I even (*gasp*) had a live in nanny after my first husband passed away.

    • Bridget says:

      Having a nanny is a wonderful thing. Some people do, some people don’t – the important part is that you figure out what works for your family. And in that vein, it shouldn’t be noteworthy to do the new baby thing by yourself. I mean, I assume that they have the money to pay someone to wipe them when they go to the bathroom, but celebrities are not bragging about doing that themselves.

    • BendyWindy says:

      A lot of people seem to think it is. I’m a SAHM and if I could afford a nanny I’d have one. It wasn’t so very long ago that most Americans lived in multi-generational homes. That whole “it takes a village” thing is no joke. We lived far away from family and the years of being always on, and not ever getting a break from kids really took a toll. Now the kids are older and less exhausting, we have more money so we get a sitter and get away more, and my mother will be retiring and relocating to help us out. Life is good, but extra hands are never bad, IMO.

      • Granger says:

        Preach, Bendy. We didn’t have any family nearby when we had our babies, plus my husband was doing a PhD, so we didn’t have any money for babysitters or a house cleaner, either. You’re damn RIGHT I would have had both if we could have afforded it! I always said that if money was no object, I’d have had four kids in a heartbeat, but I selfishly couldn’t fathom having even less time, energy, and money than we already had.

    • Goats on the Roof says:

      Nope, at least not in my book. My brother and I both had nannies growing up, and as someone who works a hectic schedule, I fully intend to employ one myself when the time comes. A parent doing it on their own is no better than a parent who admits they need help and finds someone capable of providing it.

    • Moffa says:

      I don’t think having a nanny is a bad thing at all. But, I think it’s a bit obnoxious when celebrities announce that they don’t have one like they’re the first parents on the earth to not need help.

    • snowflake says:

      nah, if I had kids, and I had money, I would definitely have a nanny.

    • Esmom says:

      Nannies are great, we had one when my husband I were both working full time. Then when I had my second and stayed home, we let her go. It was tiring but honestly I was happy to be with them 24/7. The key for me, though, was hiring someone to clean my house every other week, so, so helpful!

    • Josefa says:

      Some conservative and sexist people think it is, because that would mean a woman is giving up her God-given duty as a housekeeper and mother.

      I’d have a nanny help me out with the cleaning and cooking, but I’m too cynical and paranoid to let one be alone with my kids (when I have them). I’ve just read too many f*cked up stories. They’d have to gain my trust first.

      • Prim says:

        I’ve never wanted a nanny, but then it took me years to get pregnant. To have kids at all is such a miracle that I’ve wanted to be with them as much as I can. Plus I’ve done what I wanted with my career so the ambition is all used up. Looking after twins, keeping a house clean, it’s been such a change for me that it’s been great. I thought mostly about work and had a kitchen you could fit in a shoebox before having kids, so learning how to do life so differently has been pretty amazing.

  8. Coco says:

    I just came here to say I’d be perfectly happy never seeing a Ryan Reynolds or Blake Lively story ever again.

  9. AG-UK says:

    He doesn’t do it for me and unless they have a Gina Ford who would stay all night get up through the night yep they will be tired. That’s part of the deal. I would sit up at 2a and ask this 4 day old you haven’t been on earth long enough to keep crying for nothing. Hard work I wouldn’t want to relive it that’s for sure but it will get better.

  10. lem says:

    Celebs seem to be damned if they do/damned if they don’t have a nanny. When they do (like Kardashian), it’s all “well you don’t actually take care of your baby/your baby doesn’t even know who you are!” but when they don’t (like Reynolds/Lively), it’s all “well most new parents don’t so don’t expect a trophy for being a real parent!” Honestly, there is nothing wrong with having one and when you have the means, it IS kinda surprising that they are choosing to be sleep-deprived new parents.

    • Jegede says:

      Also I don’t see the big deal over the child’s name/non-name.
      Maybe Blake will go the route of Zoe Saldana, reveal the name in her own time & her own way.

      Maybe they haven’t even named her yet.

    • Mimz says:


      +a bajillionnnnn

      I totally agree with you. Celebrities are held up to such unrealistic standards that having a nanny, or not, having a baby or a surrogate, doing cosmetic surgery or not to go back to “pre baby body” (which never happens because the body will be changed FOREVER), is a crime.
      We condemn everything.

      And it’s not like he just walked in there and said oh you know what we don’t have a nanny because we are awesome, and we are sleep deprived. people asked questions, he answered.

      The. End.

    • snowflake says:

      right. i can’t stand kk, but at the same time, her and her sister grew up with nannies and help. it’s what people with money do. I think I would have kids if I could have a nanny to do all the dirty work.

    • Josefa says:

      This. I feel like celeb parents never win. No matter what they do, people will judge them. Not to mention the sick and disturbing obsession the media has with your kids.

      And on the other hand… Guys, just sit down and think for a moment. Do you REALLY want Kim to be the one doing all the mommy chores? That nanny is the best thing that could’ve happened to Nori.

    • PrincessMe says:

      Wonderfully said by those in this thread.

      I don’t think I’d personally want a nanny (maybe because my children have been pretty “easy” when it comes to night time) but I would definitely have other household staff though – that would make my life much easier.

    • Bridget says:

      The issue isn’t WHAT they’re choosing so much as the fact that it’s now considered to be a topic of conversation. Ryan could have just said “of course I’m tired I have a newborn in the house.” Could you imagine if one of your friends had a baby and then turned to you and said “and did you know we haven’t put her in daycare yet?” It would be ridiculous. Because the way that it’s reported as newsworthy when celebrities say “we don’t have a nanny” implies that we should be impressed. I think most of us take it for granted that most people spend time and care for their newborns and whether or not someone chooses to use a nanny shouldn’t be a thing. Because guess what: using childcare doesn’t make someone a better or worse parent. Typically it means you’re a parent with a job.

      This isn’t even anything against Reynolds, because I think the one that really threw me over the edge was Ashton Kutcher.

  11. BendyWindy says:

    That’s cute how he thinks a girl means his house will stay nice. I have two boys and a girl, and while my boys have destroyed lots of stuff, my little girl is 2 feet of terror. So basically, if you’re lucky enough to get a kid that’s into screwing stuff up, it doesn’t matter the gender.

    • Who ARE these people? says:

      Right on. Also, what if they have pets? Sometimes they’re more destructive than any child. And that includes cats – sneaky little buggers – as well as dogs.

    • Someonestolemyname says:

      My former NYC Landlord always told me his guy tenants were the neater ones.

    • ElasticBean says:

      I agree! My smallest girl is the messiest of them all… 😀

  12. Tania says:

    Meh, I think if it is your plan to breastfeed exclusively then you are going to have to be up every few hours and no one can really do those night feeds for you, not if you want to maintain your supply anyways. Of course, most of us, breastfeeding or not, are there to feed and change our babies every few hours. I don’t begrudge anyone with a nanny. It’s their choice and I am not taking part in some bullsh!t mommy war. To each their own. But did Ryan want a medal for doing something the vast majority of people do, day in and day out? Hopefully that isn’t the case.

  13. Jayna says:

    It’s amazing all the things that get put out there that are false about celebs and then get reprinted everywhere and it’s just completely fabricated.

  14. Jayna says:

    Many people have a lot of family around to help. Grandma is always around, etc. So I see no problem with a nanny. It depends on your life and what you need as a support system. I see no problem except if you abuse it to the point the nanny is as much a mother as you are. I’ve only ever seen that the case once, with a co-worker, whose nanny was vital to their upbringing (two weeks at her house and two weeks at the father’s house a month) and the youngest one closer to the nanny than her. She loved her kids but definitely a selfish mother, who focused a lot on herself and what she needed. But her kids are older now and seem to be well-adjusted and love their mother, and two even work for her out of college.

    But, overall, women judge too much how others mother with regards to the help they have.

    I reserve the right to judge Kim Kardashian, though. LOL

    • swack says:

      I totally agree with you about a nanny. Same applies to those who use family members as a support system. I have a friend who had a nanny. She worked out of her house and therefore a nanny was the perfect solution. I think the reason everyone blasts Kim K is because she is rarely at home and always out and about. Therefore the nanny seems to have become the primary caretaker of North. I actually retired to help with the grandchildren so that they would not have to go to a babysitter or day care.

  15. The Original Mia says:

    Was it really necessary to come out and squash this particular rumor? Did anyone really care?

    • Jegede says:

      To be fair he did not come out to squash it.

      The interviewer asked him this in a Q & A that was supposed to be about his new movie – and he answered.
      Sadly for him that’s the headline and nowt about his film.

    • funcakes says:

      Like many celebrities Ryan should just sit there, look pretty and never talk with out a script.

    • The Original Mia says:

      He didn’t have to say anything. He said he wasn’t going to discuss it. Just seems silly for him to even entertain it.

  16. Chellz says:

    Part of being a parent is the 3am feedings and diaper changes…sleep becomes a luxury and celebs are used to the lux life

  17. enike says:

    He seems bland, but there must be something about him, I mean Scarlett is hot and Blake is hot and I think she is funny (or a happy person, always smiling) so my question is: what is his “pulling power” ?

    Maybe that he has 3 brothers, so he is shy around girls and this can be cute?

    (mind you, Scarlett is a bland person as well, hot but boring, they seemed really boring and bored with each other, IMHO he is happy with Blake now, with her “sunshine” personality – I mean this in a positive way)

    • Jayna says:

      I really loved him in that movie with Isla Fisher and Rachel Weisz, and I loved him in that movie with Sandra Bullock in Alaska. I get why he is found attractive and kind of sexy and funny.

    • Camille (The Original) says:

      If you’ve ever watched him in an interview he is quite charming and quite funny. If you watch him in that Blade film he did years ago you may just change your mind about him as well. I sure did.

    • Prince Valiant says:

      Perhaps – if one reads the lyrics of the song ‘Torch’ by A. Morissette – one could assume that he might be a great sex partner? I know it is an easy, banal assumption, but, nevertheless ..

    • I think because he’s a nice guy……he doesn’t (to my knowledge) talk trash about his exes or anything like that. I don’t think he’s that good of an actor (and not that cute), but he seems like a really decent guy. I’d imagine after all of the a-holes in Hollywood, that’s attractive, if you’re looking for that, and not fame/money from your partner…..

      • Prince Valiant says:

        His role in ‘The Voices’ earned rave reviews (they go from great to terrific to sublime). The director of the film mentioned that the guy is a Ferrari being used as a city car.

  18. caitlin says:

    Why is the baby’s name a state secret? What is the big f’ing deal about simply answering the question — name is ….. – and move on? It’s one thing to want privacy and not show photos and be stalked, but stating the name???

  19. Tiffany :) says:

    Such a teeny tiny nit to pick, but I don’t really care for the gender stereotypes that he is throwing out. Girls can give beat downs to siblings just as hard as the guys can! I am sure he was just giving some harmless fluff to the media so as not to reveal seriously personal information, but it kind of rubbed me the wrong way.