Ten Things you didn’t know about Ryan Reynolds

January 7, 2014

Ryan Reynolds is a big celebrity. Here are a few things you might not know about him

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1. He’s a college dropout

Like so many other artists and entertainers who decided to pursue their passion, Reynolds quickly discovered that college just wasn’t for him.

Having been an actor since middle school, it just seemed silly to stay in the classroom and hear about things that he was already doing. We can’t really blame him.

2. He’s Canadian

It turns out that one of the biggest film stars in America isn’t even from the US. Reynolds was born in Vancouver in 1976 and spent much of his early teen years acting in independent films.

He eventually made his way to America to keep working in film and television. He jokes that the reason he left Canada was because he was the only person there who didn’t like hockey.

3. He’s an atheist

Reynolds has been a very vocal critic of organized religion. Even though he was raised Catholic, he has gone on record as saying that “Religion poisons everything good in this world.” No one can accuse him of following the crowd, that’s for sure.

4. He has appeared on Family Guy twice

Reynolds has the guest starred twice on the hit animated show, once as himself in the 2011 episode Stewie Goes For A Drive, and then again in 2012, credited simply as the voice of “Overweight Guy.” (It was an earth-shattering performance.)

5. His wife, Blake Lively, wants to have 30 kids with him

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Reynolds told DETAILS magazine in 2013 that they both come from big families, so they’d be comfortable with it. That’s a lot of diapers and baby formula.

6. He failed his high school drama class

Reynolds joins the list of great professionals who failed early on in their lives. Michael Jordan was dismissed from his high school basketball team, and Einstein failed math.

What these stories tell us is that you can always learn from failure, and with a little bit of luck, turn a failure into a success.

7. He was in Indonesia on vacation when the tsunami hit in 2004

While dating fellow Canadian Alanis Morissette, the two were vacationing in Indonesia during the disaster. Fortunately they were unharmed, since their hotel was on the opposite end of the island from where the wave came in and did so much damage.

8. He’s a natural actor

According to Reynolds, he never had any doubt that he could act, because of the skill he had in lying to his parents growing up as a kid. Some people are born with a gift, others have to work to get that good at it.

9. He’s very popular in Germany

“I get noticed depending on where I am. I have no problem wandering all around Spain.

But the Germans – ah, the Germans – they’re like, ‘Oh! Van Wilder’s a party animal!’” David Hasselhoff would be jealous.

10. He’s a dual threat

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Reynolds has the unique distinction of being one of the few actors to star in comic book movies from both DC Comics and Marvel Comics, thanks to his portrayal of the Green Lantern for DC Comics, and Deadpool for Marvel in the X Men Origins: Wolverine movie.