Ryan Reynolds Admits He Does Most Interviews As Deadpool Now To Cope With Anxiety

Ryan Reynolds Admits He Does Most Interviews As Deadpool Now To Cope With Anxiety

At times it’s hard to separate Ryan Reynolds the actor from his larger-than-life screen persona as Deadpool. 

He posts things from his own social media accounts that seem to be in the voice of his character:

Shows up at his personal friends’ homes in full costume:

And is a wise-cracking fool on Twitter, just like Deadpool is in every screen appearance:

In a new interview with the New York Times, Reynolds admits this isn’t an accident. He explains he has anxiety, and has dealt with it in a variety of ways.

“I have anxiety, I’ve always had anxiety,” he explains. “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.”

Being the face of a huge Marvel movie franchise has exacerbated it at times, especially because his turn as Green Lantern tanked at the box office.

“When there’s built-in expectation, your brain always processes that as danger,” he said.

So, how does he deal? Reynolds admits that there was a time in his twenties when he dealt with his anxiety by partying.

“I was partying and just trying to make myself vanish in some way,” he said. Reynolds turned away from self-medicating after losing friends to overdoses, though he still was wrecked with anxiety at times.

Being in the spotlight means encountering anxiety triggers all the time, from interviews to appearance on TV, plus all the big budget shoot days. Reynolds claims he meditates, usually with the help of an app. But he also claims to do a lot of his interviews in character as Deadpool, though the people interviewing him may not realize it.

“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 said. “That’s that great self-defense mechanism. I figure if you’re going to jump off a cliff, you might as well fly.”

It’s great that Reynolds is talking about a common problem for people that often goes overlooked or untreated, though few people can lean as heavily on actually being Deadpool for relief. But the character means a lot to a lot of people.

Reynolds has brought his Deadpool persona to special events for kids, and invited Make-A-Wish participants to set so they could meet their hero.

He’s also visited hospitals as Deadpool with fellow Avenger, Chris Pratt:

Ryan Reynolds has super powers, and he’s willing to share them on screen and in real life.

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Blake Lively Deleted Her Instagram Photos Which Means We Can't See Her Mocking Ryan Reynolds

Blake Lively is popular on social media, in part because of her amazing relationship with her husband, Ryan Reynolds. The two seem to have some sort of competition over who can mock the other the best online, if they’re not busy clowning Hugh Jackman.

So imagine the despair when followers saw Lively has deleted all of her Instagram posts:

And even weirder, she unfollowed Reynolds, and started following only people with the name “Emily Nelson.”

Lively’s Twitter account is hinting at the name as well, with a screenshot of someone playing Hangman. Creepy:

The women getting followed are equal parts thrilled beyond belief and weirded out:

And the people not named Emily Nelson are wondering, can they be? For the follow?

And whoever is managing this stunt is leaning into the weird factor hard:

Some people have been jumping to the worst possible conclusions immediately:

Calm down!!

It turns out Lively is promoting a new movie, Taylor Swift-style. Buzzfeedreports she’s starring in an adaptation of a book called A Simple Favor, which is about a woman whose best friend Emily Nelson suddenly disappears. That is scary, but it’s also fiction.

It just goes to show that if you wait long enough, you might get noticed by a celebrity promotion:

Or you’ll try:

Someday your name will be called!

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Ryan Reynolds Showed Up At Hugh Jackman's Hotel Room Dressed As Deadpool

Celebrity friendships have their ups and downs just like with everyone else.

For instance, Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds. The two have been buds since Reynolds appeared in Wolverine: Origins. Reynolds played the character he is most famous for now—Deadpool.

Very unfortunately, Deadpool looked like this in that film:

But he has since recovered.

Jackman and Reynolds have known each other long enough for Reynolds to troll Jackman on Twitter, like he did over this lovely anniversary message from Jackman to his wife:

But Reynolds trolls all his celebrity pals:

Even his famous wife, Blake Lively:

You gotta learn to deal with Ryan Reynolds when he lives in your house.

Speaking of which, Reynolds did somehow end up in Jackman’s house, or what looks like a hotel room. The two seem to be recording some sort of birthday message, but it goes south when it’s revealed Deadpool is laying around on Jackman’s bed:

Jackman jokes in the caption that Reynolds is the “least greatest showman,” referring to his movie The Greatest Showman, starring himself. As the greatest showman, of course.

Meanwhile, Deadpool is singing in a blatant mockery of Jackman’s musical career! These two get each other.

And they get their fans, who absolutely love it:

Even…Bear Grylls??

Please keep making Ryan Reynolds get dressed up as Deadpool for Twitter videos. It’s what the world needs.

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Ryan Reynolds Told Off Someone Who Doesn't Like Him Visiting Kids With Cancer As Deadpool

Ryan Reynolds is the Internet’s sweetheart, but usually because he is a potty-mouth prankster. We all like a handsome rogue with a talent for social media.

That fits in with his character Deadpool, who he promotes in ways that some might argue are inappropriate for children.

But kids are some of his biggest fans!

On Monday, Reynolds posted photos of kids from the Make A Wish Foundation who came to visit him on set for Deadpool 2. These are kids battling life threatening illnesses, who likely look up to Deadpool because he’s sassy and a fighter and also has two very cool katana swords. 

It looks like Reynolds and the crew gave them a memorable time:

Unfortunately, we always get some haters in the comments.

On his photo, Reynold’s wrote:

“One of the best parts of playing the Big Red Jackass is welcoming @makeawishamerica and @childrenswishfoundation onto set. Deadpool kicked Cancer in the taint, but these kids do it for real every day. These foundations make dreams come true for a lot of of super-brave kids. They also make dreams come true for parents, who just wanna see their kid smile. HUGE thanks to our Prop Master, Dan Sissons, for making sure every kid left with his/her own sword. (Bamboo versions. Not stabby-stabby versions.)”

And then down in the comments someone responded to the lovely gesture by writing, “Guys [D]eadpool is [an] R rated movie and those kids are watching it…I think something is wrong here.” They also included an angry emoji face, if you weren’t sure how they felt about it.

But our Insta-Hero didn’t take it lying down.

“Yup,” Reynolds responded, “Deadpool is Rated R. If my kid went through a fraction of the sh*t these kids deal with daily, I think they can watch whatever they like. That’s just my .02 cents.”

Don’t go up against Deadpool. 

Or Ryan Reynolds. Like, look at him:

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Ryan Reynolds Just Tweeted A Brutal Birthday Message To His Brother–And We Can Relate

It turns out actor Ryan Reynolds doesn’t save birthday snark for just his wife and kids. Reynolds just sent a little birthday love to his big brother Jeff, and we’re loving the sweet and salty trolling.

The Deadpool star took to Twitter to wax sentimental on his brother’s special day:

No news yet on brother Jeff’s reaction, but Twitter couldn’t get enough.

Anyone can tweet out a generic “Happy Birthday!” But Reynolds has skills.

 Reynolds should be in charge of Twitter birthdays for everyone.

Apparently Reynolds ribbing his brother is becoming something of a family tradition. 

Last year he took a birthday swipe at his big bro that was adorable and similarly snarky.

Who’s counting the minutes to Jeff’s 2018 birthday?!

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Ryan Reynolds Just Got A Taste Of His Own Medicine With Blake Lively's Happy Birthday Burn

If there ever was an actor who earned the title of “Absolute Gem” on social media, it’s Ryan Reynolds.

Whether it’s providing these amazingly hilarious responses to fans dirty tweets, or golden nuggets about the joys of parenting like this treat below, the man always delivers.

Now you might’ve remembered this incredible birthday wish Reynolds gave to wife Blake Lively on Twitter that had the internet cackling with joy.

The man is a master of sarcasm and sincere-cynicism, did you expect him to give a standard, Happy Birthday tweet to his significant other? If you thought that, then you probably don’t know Ryan Reynolds at all.

And even though Blake’s never been one to shy away from proclaiming her feelings for her hubby, she also proved she can go toe-to-toe with the Happy Birthday jokes, as evinced by the following tweet:

Tit-for-tat. Crop-for-crop. Ryan for Ryan.

People loved Lively’s savagery and ability to dish out the same sweet photo-cropping revenge against her hubby once his birthday rolled around.

I can’t wait to see what Reynold’s response will be. For now, though, Lively’s definitely winning the Happy Birthday war.

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Tombstone Honoring Carrie Fisher And Debbie Reynolds Will Break Your Heart

Tombstone Honoring Carrie Fisher And Debbie Reynolds Will Break Your Heart

Carrie Fisher is, of course, best known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars. But she was also widely beloved as a comedic writer and actress. Fisher suffered from bipolar disorder and spoke openly about her struggles with her mental health. 

For all those reasons and many others, the world was shocked and mournful when she died after suffering a heart attack during a flight from London to Los Angeles in late December. Then, just one day later, her mother and Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds was rushed to the hospital. She died soon after. Fisher and Reynolds had an incredibly close mother-daughter relationship that was documented in the film Bright Lights, released posthumously in 2017. 

Reynolds’ last words were reportedly, “I want to be with Carrie.”

In honor of their love for one another, there was a shared private memorial service for both for them simultaneously, at which it looked like Carrie Fisher’s urn was shaped like a Prozac pill. At least, according to Cher:

Yahoo News reports that a somewhat more formal memorial was created to honor both women, erected at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood. The statues show Debbie and Carrie together, sculpted in a classical Greek style, holding each other in a warm embrace:

It’s a little more formal than a Prozac pill, but it gets the message across. If that doesn’t make you weep openly at your desk, here’s a chaser: Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, honored the most sacred day of the year for Star Wars fans on May the 4th by sharing this throwback on Instagram, in which she is being carried by her mom and followed by Chewbacca as a guardian:

What a family.

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