Ryan Reynolds: I'm swagless
Ryan Reynolds doesn't have a lot of "swagger".
The 38-year-old actor oozes confidence in his onscreen roles, from a ladies' man in National Lampoon's Van Wilder to quick-witted antihero Deadpool in Marvel's upcoming flick.
In real life though, Ryan doesn't feel the need to crank up his personality at all times.
"Oh, I know how to play that in a film, but I don't have that kind of swagger in my life. My insecurity-to-confidence ratio is 90:10. I can kind of turn it on, but it's not me," he admitted to the US version of InStyle magazine.
Ryan grew up as the youngest of four brothers, which he believes triggered his passion for performing. Rather than using his fists to fight back at his older siblings, the handsome star took up acting to get out the house and avoid getting picked on.
Luckily he didn't have as much bad luck with his love life. He's now married to Blake Lively and a father to their daughter James, but Ryan still manages to recall his first ever date.
"Christine. She was very pretty and a grade older than me. A year's difference in high school is a chasm you can't bridge. I might as well have been 20 years younger. She wanted to go to this restaurant in Vancouver that I hadn't even heard of. I didn't know if I had enough to pay for the dinner, so I faked a stomach-ache and only ate the bread," he recalled. "I just made the bill with a really crappy tip."
Ryan's latest movie role is poker pro Curtis in Mississippi Grind, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. The duo previously helmed and wrote Half Nelson, starring fellow Canadian heartthrob Ryan Gosling, and Mr Reynolds liked reminding them of that detail.
"I did have joke with them. My character breaks his nose in the movie, and I said, 'I kind of look like Gosling now,'" he grinned. "We were shooting in the streets of New Orleans, and as soon as I had that nose on, everybody who walked up to me asked if I was Gosling."
- Cover Media