EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Reynolds Talks Fatherhood & Baby Daughter James

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  • Ryan Reynolds opens up to Marie Claire about how his daughter James has changed his life and why he feels for younger stars.

    Ah, Ryan Reynolds. What a beautiful and lovely man. In this month’s Marie Claire we spoke to the actor ahead of the release of his new film Mississippi Grind and he revealed all about what it’s like to be a father.

    Ryan welcomed his first child, a daughter named James, with Blake Lively at the end of 2014 and it’s safe to say that she’s changed the actor’s world for the better. Ryan told us: ‘Not unlike most people [I’ve found] there is something of a relief to it, that you’re not the centre of your own universe any more and there’s something nice about how trivial all those other little things you used to lay awake at night worrying about become. I think there’s something beautiful about that, and that’s not something I was expecting.’

    Of course having a baby in the public eye can be a difficult think to navigate with photographers always vying for a picture of your child. But Ryan refuses to hide away and deny James the fun-filled upbringing he had. He said: ‘I’m not going to hide in my apartment because I’m worried that someone may take a picture of my baby. I want to experience life, I want my kids to have the same experiences I did. I want them to be outdoors, to experience the world and all the wonderous moments and bullshit I did.’

    Ryan also admitted that when he was younger he was somewhat of a wild card: ‘I was a little reckless and out of control,’ he said, ‘I didn’t really have the resources and the mindset to deal with the position that I was in.’

    He added: ‘I really feel for the younger stars, those 19 to 20-year-old artists who are coming in to fame and fortune, and all those different things. It’s easy to laugh at them and poke fun, specially because they are obscenely privileged, but at the same time, what they’re dealing with can be pretty dangerous. We see people fall victim to it and have their lives destroyed.’

    Mississippi Grind is out on 23 October.

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