Ryan Reynolds Shared How His Daughters Inspired Him to Open Up About Battling Anxiety

The actor shares three children with Blake Lively.

Ryan Reynolds recently opened up about his ongoing struggles with anxiety, and now he's crediting his three daughters as his inspiration for speaking out.

On June 5, Entertainment Tonight published an interview with Reynolds where he spoke about how raising James, Inez, and Betty with his wife Blake Lively led him to post about Mental Health Awareness month. 

"Part of it is that I have three daughters at home and part of my job as a parent is to model behaviors and model what it's like to be sad and model what it's like to be anxious, or angry. That there's space for all these things," he told Entertainment Tonight. "The home that I grew in, that wasn't modeled for me really. And that's not to say that my parents were neglectful, but they come from a different generation."

“Part of that is to destigmatize things and create a conversation around [mental health],” Reynolds continued. "I know that when I felt at the absolute bottom, it's usually been because I felt like I was alone in something I was feeling. So I think when people talk about it, I don't necessarily dwell on it or lament on it, but I think it's important to talk about it. And when you talk about it, it kind of sets other people free."

In November 2020, Ryan Reynolds shared his and Blake Lively's secret to raising their family: “We don’t split up,” he said in an Access Hollywood interview. “I shoot movies and my wife shoots movies and we go travel all over the place and we just all go together. I think that’s been the best part of it is that we really don’t spend a lot of time apart. I get to spend a lot of time with my girls.”

He also revealed he “never in a million years would have imagined” raising all girls. “I come from all boys. I have three older brothers. I’m the youngest of four boys, so for me to have three daughters has been such a ride,” he said. “I love every second of it.”


This story originally appeared on: Glamour - Author:Emily Tannenbaum

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