Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively make no secret of being a couple; sometimes, they can even be seen playfully trolling each other on social media. When the pair started to grow their family, however, they decided to hold back a little, shielding their kids from the media circus that comes with fame. Still, Reynolds seemingly couldn’t help himself from spilling the beans on his third daughter. And when the Deadpool actor opened up about the new arrival, he dropped quite the bombshell.
It’s believed that Reynolds and Lively’s youngest was born in late summer 2019. But as the stars don’t typically make announcements about their private lives – especially any that concern their kids – the public didn’t hear this happy news from the parents themselves.
In fact, the actors never formally explained that they were going to add another member to their clan. Instead, the world at large only found out in May 2019, when Lively accompanied her husband to the New York premiere of Detective Pikachu. Reynolds had provided the voice and facial expressions of the lead character in the animated movie.
And at the event, Lively wore a figure-hugging yellow dress – one that clearly wasn’t designed to hide the secret the couple had successfully kept from the media. Yes, the Gossip Girl actress was visibly pregnant, and it appeared that she had been for several months.
For those who don’t know, Reynolds first met Lively in the early months of 2010, when the two starred together in Green Lantern. In the D.C. Comics superhero flick, Lively memorably played Carol Ferris, the longtime girlfriend of Reynolds’ aircraft test pilot Hal Jordan – the Green Lantern of the title. It should be said, though, that the actors’ own relationship didn’t blossom until after the film hit movie theaters.
For one, Reynolds was married at the time to Scarlett Johansson, with whom he had tied the knot in 2008. A little over two years after their union, however, the couple separated before finally divorcing in July 2011. And that left Reynolds a single man – although not for long, as he and Lively ultimately took their romance public in October 2011.
Then, after the news that Reynolds and Lively had gotten together had broken, they were described as “nesting” by People. According to a source, the couple had bought a home together in April 2012, with the country-style dwelling in question located in Bedford, New York.
The insider claimed, too, that Reynolds and Lively had paid more than $2 million for their new home. But despite the speculation over the progress of their relationship, the stars did little to bat back the rumors. They remained low-key, in fact, choosing to hang out with each other’s families in New York and Vancouver as well as working out together and dining out locally.
Then, in September 2012, Reynolds and Lively married in their own muted style in a ceremony that took place near Charleston, South Carolina. A white marquee was erected on the Boone Hall Plantation to house the goings-on of the big day, which included a performance by a DJ and a few songs sung by Lively’s friend Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine.
And after two years of marriage, Lively shared some exciting news with users of her former lifestyle website Preserve. You got it: the young actress revealed that she was pregnant with her first child. And although she may be notoriously secretive about her children, Lively has actually made no bones about her thoughts on family.
The star set a precedent that she would follow with subsequent pregnancies, too, by taking to the red carpet in October 2014 to show off her first baby bump. The occasion marked the actress’ debut public appearance since the announcement, and the visibly excited mom-to-be spoke candidly at the New York City event about her thoughts on motherhood.
At the time, Lively revealed to Us Weekly how she felt about her impending arrival, saying, “I never knew what I wanted to do for a living, but I knew I wanted to have a lot of kids. I had come from a big family, so it was always important to me.”
Indeed, Lively is the youngest of five siblings. She and her older brother, Eric, arrived during her mom Elaine’s second marriage, joining half-sisters Lori and Robyn and half-brother Jason. And in 2012 Lively joked to Allure, “I’d have 30 [children] if I could.”
Still, judging by the secrecy that surrounded the couple’s first child, it’s possible that fans may never know how many kids they end up having. You see, it was only in January 2015 that the media broke the news of the safe arrival of Reynolds and Lively’s baby. And even then, details about the birth initially remained vague.
It’s believed that Lively went into labor during the holiday period in 2014 – and reportedly weeks before her due date. Yet while the baby’s exact date of birth hasn’t been revealed publicly, the world did go on to learn that she was a girl. It also emerged that she had been given the rather unlikely name of James.
When Lively appeared on Good Morning America in April 2015, however, she revealed just why her daughter had such an unusual moniker. According to the star, James was “a family name, and [she] liked having a boy’s name.” James was actually the name of Reynolds’ father, who passed away in 2015.
Furthermore, Lively’s great-uncle had actually been the inspiration for her own first name. And it seems as though the actress had taken to motherhood like a duck to water. She admitted on Good Morning America, “I feel like I’ve figured out the most important thing to me, and everything supports that.” But how exactly did Reynolds feel about becoming a dad?
Well, in a February 2015 interview on the Late Show with David Letterman, Reynolds gushed about his wife and his first-born. The actor said, “I’m not one for vomiting declarations of sentiment out across the airwaves, but when we had that baby, I fell more in love with my wife than I’d ever been in my entire life. I couldn’t even believe it.”
But, eventually, Reynolds exchanged sentimentality for his trademark dry humor. He added, “I used to say to [Blake], ‘I would take a bullet for you. I could never love anything as much as I love you.’ I would say that to my wife.” When he looked at his newborn daughter, though, his position changed.
Reynolds continued, “And the second I looked in that baby’s eyes, I knew in that exact moment that if we were ever under attack, I would use my wife as a human shield to protect that baby.” Still, Lively can give as good as she gets, as her wit is as sharp as her husband’s.
This was proved on Father’s Day in 2015, when Lively paid a tribute of sorts to her husband. To mark the occasion, the couple made a rare image of their daughter – who was sitting in a baby carrier worn by Reynolds – available to the public via Instagram. And in the message accompanying the snap, the new mom joked to Reynolds, “Since the day our baby was born, I’ve felt so strongly in my heart that you were most likely the father.”
But, of course, the couple didn’t stop at just one child. Indeed, rumors began circulating about another little one on the way when Lively was filming 2016 movie The Shallows. In particular, it was suggested that a baby bump was visible beneath the star’s wetsuit while she was shooting on location in Malibu. That gossip was later confirmed when the actress showed a growing belly at that year’s Cannes Film Festival.
However, yet again, the arrival of the couple’s second child was shrouded in secrecy. In October 2016, then, speculation mounted that the baby had been born the previous month, although later reports suggested that the birth had actually happened in early November. In any case, Reynolds let slip that his youngest was a girl when he was interviewed on Conan in late 2016.
And the world got a rare glimpse of the whole family in December 2016, when Reynolds was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Naturally, Lively was by his side during the unveiling along with James and the baby girl whom the actors had named Inez. But although it was Reynolds who was receiving the distinction, his two young daughters were the ones to steal the limelight.
While toddler James grabbed a mic and played to the cameras, Reynolds paid tribute to his wife at the event. The actor said, “[Blake], you make absolutely everything in my life better. You’ve given me two of the most incredible children that I could ever [have] hoped to have.” But, of course, he couldn’t resist a joke to cut through the sappiness.
Reynolds then quipped, “You’ve made me the father of my dreams when I thought I only had ‘fun uncle’ potential.” And if the then-two-year-old James’ performance at the ceremony is anything to go by, she may yet end up on screen. Indeed, Reynolds would later reveal his daughter’s desire to follow her parents into acting.
During a December 2019 appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Reynolds spoke candidly about his eldest daughter’s career aspirations, saying, “[James] wants to be an actor.” And it’s something that the star fully supports – but only as a hobby while James is still in school.
Reynolds explained, “Yep. I’m fine if [James] wants to be an actor. Go ahead. You know, in school – do afterschool stuff like that. That’s all fine. Right now, it’s – every day is like a recital. She’s singing songs, she’s doing little plays at home, all that stuff.” But then the star got serious.
“Being a child actor in movies and stuff – that’s a whole other ball of wax,” Reynolds continued. “I tried to explain to [James that] that’s a huge burden on your nervous system. I mean, having to process all of that attention and information. Also, you develop all of these unhealthy coping mechanisms.”
But, of course, it wouldn’t have been a Reynolds interview without a risqué punchline. And that duly arrived when Reynolds explained, “[James] just looked at me, like she didn’t know what… I was talking about. And I was like, ‘What’s cheaper and easier is – let’s just skip showbiz and enroll you right into cocaine.’” Yet while the actor seems to be willing to talk about his kids up to a point, he and Lively have a good reason for largely shielding their offspring from the spotlight.
Lively explained all to Marie Claire in 2016, saying, “Ryan had a nice, normal upbringing, and we want our kids to have the same normal life that we had. We don’t ever want to rob them of what we had because we’d feel really selfish.” Unsurprisingly, then, the actress’ third pregnancy was as low-key as her previous two had been.
Indeed, as mentioned earlier, the first the public knew about baby number three was by spotting Lively’s visible baby bump at the May 2019 premiere of Detective Pikachu. And yet again, there has been no big announcement of the birth. While reports of the new arrival emerged in October 2019, then, some believed that the child may actually have already been two months old at that point.
Then, on October 17, 2019, Reynolds took to Twitter to encourage Canadians to vote. This message was accompanied by an image of him and his wife gazing adoringly at each other amid a forest backdrop. And clutched between the happy couple is what was presumed to be their newborn baby – albeit with their face obscured in the shot.
No other details of Reynolds and Lively’s newborn were known at that point. But since the Canadian made reference to his “daughters” in the tweet, it was presumed that their new arrival was a third girl. And fans would have to wait patiently for another two months before the actor spoke openly about his growing family.
During a December 2019 interview with Extra, Reynolds admitted that his wife and daughters are “doing great.” He continued, “I kind of like my life. I’m really sort of into my children, which I know isn’t popular to say. It’s hard [having] three girls.” This was confirmation, then, that the Deadpool star is surrounded by females.
In fact, being part of a family of girls seems to suit Reynolds, as in December 2019 he told Today, “I’d have it no other way.” But the actor quickly resorted to his famous comedic style during that interview, adding that he and Lively were doing their bit to “wipe men off the face of the Earth.”
And while Reynolds and Lively haven’t as yet revealed the name of their newest daughter, that hasn’t stopped the proud dad from teasing fans about it. Yes, when the Today show interviewer asked the actor to reveal all, Reynolds seized the opportunity to have a bit of fun.
At first, Reynolds claimed, “We haven’t [picked a name] yet!” After that, though, he quickly added, “All the letters in her name are silent. I want to give her something to push against in life.” It seems, then, that fans will have to wait a little longer to learn baby number three’s moniker.
Regardless of what the doting parents have chosen, though, they’ve since learned to plan their work schedules carefully. As Reynolds revealed to People in May 2019, “If [Lively] is doing a movie in Thailand, and I am doing a movie in Vancouver, we would just never see each other. We operate as a unit, and that works really well for us.”
Indeed, the couple are committed to keeping their clan together wherever work takes them. Reynolds continued, “The kids stay with us, and the family stays together, and that is where home is. So if we are in Spain or Utah or New York – as long as we are together, we’re home.”