Ryan Reynolds may be the picture of confidence onscreen, but once the camera turns off the actor says he’s often a nervous wreck.
The actor, 41, opens up about his longtime battle with anxiety in a new interview with The New York Times.
“I have anxiety. I’ve always had anxiety,” he says. “Both in the lighthearted ‘I’m anxious about this’ kind of thing, and I’ve been to the depths of the darker end of the spectrum, which is not fun.”
During the early days of his career, Reynolds says he would often stay awake at night paralyzed by fear about his future.
Calling his early 20s a “real unhinged phase,” the actor admits he self-medicated to ease his anxiety.
“I was partying and just trying to make myself vanish in some way,” he says.
As his career began to take off, Reynolds toned down the partying but he says the anxiety never went away. To this day, he still gets wracked by dread and nausea before interviews and talk show appearances.
The actor is busy promoting the sequel to his highly successful 2016 film Deadpool. And with the upcoming film already breaking ticket presale records, the sequel is expected to be another hit — something that makes Reynolds a bit nervous.
“When there’s built-in expectation,” he says, “your brain always processes that as danger.”
So how does he cope with his anxiety? Reynolds, who is known for his quick wit, says he uses humor as a defense and coping mechanism.
“When the curtain opens, I turn on this knucklehead, and he kind of takes over and goes away again once I walk off set,” he explains. “That’s that great self-defense mechanism. I figure if you’re going to jump off a cliff, you might as well fly.”
Reynolds previously opened up about his battle with anxiety, revealing he had a mental breakdown after wrapping Deadpool.
“I went to go see a doctor because I felt like I was suffering from a neurological problem or something,” Reynolds told GQ. “And every doctor I saw said, ‘You have anxiety.’ ”
Deadpool 2 hits theaters May 18.
Remember that Australia’s Day message from Ryan as “Deadpool”? In the video, Ryan said “You gave us Wolverine. And for that, I can’t forgive you. I’ve got no problems with Hugh. I mean, he’s a delightful guy. A true legend. But that movie, that was a career-low for me.” Apparently, Yahoo caught up with Hugh while he was promoting his movie at Sundance and asked what he thought about it.
“Love it. It’s just brilliant. I mean, I love Ryan, he’s a good mate of mine. He’s so fantastic.”
But does he think Wolverine would be able to take down Deadpool?
“A hundred percent.”
Yahoo also asked if he ever considers reprising his role as ‘Wolverine’ in “Deadpool 2” (fyi, nothing has been confirmed on this. The reporter was simply fishing.)
“I’ve never thought about it till now, but doing something with Ryan – he’s awesome – that’s always attractive to me. But I think you’ve probably got several other people lined up to play [Wolverine],”
Would love to see Ryan and Hugh sharing the big screen again. They seemed to have loads of fun while filming “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”.
Don’t look now, but the 36-year-old Canadian actor may be Hollywood’s most undersung, unpretentious renaissance man. He’s blessed with the wit of an Oscar Wilde (by way of Van Wilder), the looks of a matinee idol (see People‘s Sexiest Man Alive, 2010), and the soul of an artist—albeit one who gets his kicks from postmodern anus art. Isn’t it time we took Ryan Reynolds kinda-sorta seriously?
DETAILS.COM – RYAN REYNOLDS IS STARING AT AN ANUS unlike any other he’s seen in his life, and it’s all my fault. The two of us are standing—in synchronous dumbstruckness—in the foyer of a Berlin art gallery, where we’ve just been greeted by a sculpture of a headless, armless bronze torso prostrated on a pedestal—ass-up, as it were—with its sphincter tied with a pair of what appear to be bronzed sneaker laces. “Wow,” Reynolds finally says, with a low exhalation. “That’s gonna be hard to masturbate to.”
We pivot to our left, where hanging on a wall is a large white canvas on which appear to be, at first glance, several rows of way-oversize fingerprints, as though cribbed from the Incredible Hulk’s arrest-booking record. A rinse of relief washes over me, because the art-gallery tour was my idea—I’d heard Reynolds was an art enthusiast—to spring us from the Berlin hotel where Reynolds has been living for five weeks while shooting the director Marjane Satrapi’s The Voices. I chose this gallery in the Mitte neighborhood because it was walking distance from the hotel and, from the photos on its website, seemed to be hosting an exhibit about motorcycles, another of Reynolds’ favorite subjects. The interview, as I’d imagined it, would be a kind of freewheeling Rorschach test—the jumbo card of fingerprints, for instance, perhaps inspiring Reynolds to talk about his father and brother, the former a onetime cop and the latter a constable with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the 36-year-old actor’s native British Columbia.
But this is not what happens. Rebutting my interpretation of the painting, with the same ominous tone Obi-Wan Kenobi used when informing Luke Skywalker that the Death Star was no moon, Reynolds says, “Those aren’t fingerprints, man. They’re ass prints.”
It requires zero artistic acuity to see that Reynolds is right. Bouncily, he says, “Let’s go see if there are more butt holes over here.” We navigate our way into another room filled with . . . yeah, lots more. I’m cringing, a reporter in free fall. My attempt to give one of Hollywood’s most dazzling (if press-shy) leading men, People‘s Sexiest Man Alive in 2010, and the star of one of this summer’s blockbuster contenders a highbrow Rorschach test has landed us at an exhibition about what the gallery literature calls the “heterogeneous interfaces that are characterized by holes and passages.” Or, in a word, anuses.
But Reynolds doesn’t care. In fact, he thinks it’s hilarious, and to trail him through the gallery’s many odd and then odder rooms is to be shotgunned with more raunchy comic riffs and one-liners than are contained on a complete DVD set of Family Guy. (A DVD set, by the way, that would feature Reynolds, who has voiced cameos for the series.) Had my interview notes later been confiscated by German customs officers, I’m not sure how I would’ve been able to explain the following scribbled entries: “giraffe anus”; “Gulliver’s butt hole”; “sack of a thousand anuses”; and “Ernest Borgnine’s asshole.” Except by telling those customs officials: There’s a perversely funny guy working in your country right now. A perversely funny guy who also seems, two years after a series of personal and professional setbacks, to be finding his groove as both an actor and a man, if not as an art critic.
ETONLINE.COM – With the new animated feature Turbo set to hit theaters next Wednesday, ET sent professional race car driver Helio Castroneves to the movie’s star-studded New York premiere to catch up with the stars of the summer blockbuster!
Helio — a three-time Indy 500 winner — asked Ryan Reynolds about his recent comments about starting a family with wife Blake Lively, specifically about his fear that the couple could end up having a brood of all boys.
“I grew up with three older brothers. And I’m a homeowner, and I know how much damage four boys could do,” Ryan explained. “My father, I felt so bad for him — he worked so hard for his home — and we just turned that place into a box of matchsticks.”
When asked about how long it takes him to get red carpet ready, Ryan said it really just depends. “Sometimes I find that I take a little bit longer, and then you just end up looking terrible. So I just find that if you do it nice and quick and don’t think about it — just go. For men it’s easy though, we just have a nice suit and we’re off to the races.”
PEOPLE.COM – Is this Ryan Reynolds’s most heart-melting role yet?
When Reynolds, 36, was interviewed by a very special reporter – 10-year-old Faith King – at the New York City premiere of his new animated 3D movie Turbo on Tuesday night, he showed off his sweet side.
“Hi! How’s it going?” Reynolds greeted King, who was doing interviews for children’s video channel KidzVuz.
“Good,” King, of Red Bank, N.J., replied, staring up at the star.
“Good! Let’s shake hands. Awesome!” Reynolds says.
King then takes a moment and seems to be mulling over her next move. In the video, Reynolds waits for a few seconds then says, “How you doing? Do you have a question, or do we want to just hang out? [Should we do] some crisp high-fives, and call it a day?”
He high-fives the giggling reporter, who insists, “I do have a question!”
She asks which character trait he’d like more of and Reynolds has a serious reply: “I think we can all use a little more patience. I get a little impatient sometimes and I wish I didn’t. I really need to be more patient.”
He continues, “That’s something I gotta work on. I’m not just kidding around here – I’m being serious.”
She then asks about his favorite on-set snack. “Oh, it’s always M&Ms,” he says. “I’m a bit of an M&M nut. I like the blue ones. I pick them out.”
King listens intently, and then ends the interview with a crisp, “That is it. Thanks.”
Reynolds high-fives her and tells her, “Good job. Easiest interview I’ve had [tonight]. Seriously.”
King’s take on the interview? She later told PEOPLE he put her at ease, adding, “He’s very funny. [And] very tall!”
ACCESSHOLLYWOOD.COM – Ryan Reynolds married Blake Lively last September and the actor says he wants to have “lots” of kids with his stunning wife.
“I would like that,” Ryan told Access Hollywood at the premiere of his new animated film, “Turbo,” in New York City on Tuesday night. “I mean, we’ll see. One is great, six is great. It all depends on what happens.”
The 36-year-old star said he’s looking forward to becoming a dad for many reasons, especially the joy and therapeutic effects parenthood can bring.
“I think you do a lot of personal healing when you’re parenting a child,” he explained. “I mean, it’s a difficult job. We all know it’s one of the hardest jobs in the world.
“So, I think you could kind of help heal some of the past stuff from your childhood as well as, you know, that’s the gift that keeps on giving, having children,” he continued. “That’s an amazing experience.”
While Blake and Ryan don’t have kids just yet, the actor said there are plenty of children in his family who are thrilled to be on the receiving end of their uncle’s animated movie swag (toys!).
“I have an army of nieces and nephews, so they go crazy for this stuff,” he said. “I just finished ‘Croods’ this year as well, and so those toys are all over our house still. My dog is obsessed with one in particular, so I have to get more.
“I’m gonna hit up Jeffrey Katzenberg for that,” he joked. “I like the little knick knacks from the movie.”
And Ryan will be saving some “Turbo” mementos for his future children as well.
“You always try to [save some] because one day when I’m an old retired farmer, my kids will want to know what dad did,” he said.
“Turbo,” which also features the voices of Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph and more, hits theaters on July 17.