Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, and their three daughters seem be to one of the coziest families in Hollywood, but no parent is perfect. Thankfully, Reynolds has a realistic attitude about raising kids, and uses challenging situations to model resilience for his girls.
“I’m like any parent—I’ll have a moment where I’ll just snap. It’s not so much what you do in the moment that’s interesting, it’s what you do afterwards,” he told the audience at a recent speaking engagement in Cannes, per Page Six. Just like kids have to learn to course-correct after a misfire, so do dads!
“I used to tell my kids, ‘Don’t waste your mistakes,’” the Free Guy star continued. “When you’re making mistakes it’s easy to sort of be absorbed by shame and sort of this idea that you’ve done something wrong, but you also have to look at it critically and use it as a stepping stone to learning something profound.” BRB, writing that down.
He added that his parenting mistakes, which he described as “brutal,” have taught him far more than his adventures in show business. But his first mistake-making role model was, of course, his own dad. “He made a lot of mistakes…Some I’m grateful for,” the Deadpool actor joked.
As for Betty, Inez and James, he says that they keep them constantly on his toes with their, uh, let’s say, energetic behavior. “I’m a parent of three girls. They’re wild. I think they have rabies sometimes,” said Reynolds. Sounds like they’re definitely more Serenas than Blairs, as any children of Lively’s would be.
Ryan Reynolds has recently been focusing less on acting and more on family time, and in March reflected on how that switch has been going. “It’s been hell. I’m going right back. I’m taking the first movie I can find,” he joked before adding, “No, it’s been great. I’m still busy but I get to be there for my kids in the morning, and at night I get to put everyone to bed, so I love that.”