The “Deadpool” star is currently holed up in his home, surrounded by family, and he opened up about that experience during a video visit to “The Tonight Show” Tuesday.
“It’s a split-second decision, right?” the actor mused about the situation. “You’re thinking, like, ‘OK, we’ve all got to quarantine together.’ You’re thinking this is going to be a few days. … At least I like the people — I love them — that I’m quarantining with.”
But he told host Jimmy Fallon that, after a few weeks hunkered down with wife Blake Lively and their trio of daughters, it feels like they’re on “year five” of isolation — and he’s reconsidering that split-second decision.
“It was a toss-up for a minute there: Should I quarantine with my publicly facing family or my secret family in Denmark?” Reynolds joked. “I miss Luna, Lærke and Unna, very much so.”
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Still, he said he has no regrets about sticking with his “Hollywood family.”
“It’s actually been amazing, because, you know, I’m trying to let myself appreciate it as much as possible,” the 43-year-old said. “Because, at the same time, you’re thinking there’s so many people in the world where this is not a good thing. This is causing free-floating anxiety for a lot of people, so I’m trying to let myself appreciate the actual face time with the family and spending as much time with them as possible.”
This isn’t the first time he’s shared his thoughts on family quarantine. Last month he paid a video visit to Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” and spoke about how they’re all passing the time.
“I’m here with my wife, Blake, our three daughters — 5, 3 and about 8 months,” he said, adding, “Those aren’t their names; those are ages.”
As for their names, the oldest is James, the toddler is Inez and the youngest one’s name remains a mystery, thanks to her privacy-loving parents.
But the otherwise-private papa did share how his girls are keeping him busy these days, and how he’s dealing with being the only man around.
“I do not miss masculine company at all,” Reynolds said assuredly. “Really, most men tend to just be the architects of someone’s demise, so it’s fine. I like just being here with the girls. I like doing the girl stuff.”
And he doesn’t get much say in the matter when it comes to that “girl stuff.”
“I tried not to push certain gender-normative ideas on my kids as they were born,” he explained. “But each one, when they came out that chute, they really wanted to make dresses; they wanted to dress in hot pink all day. So that’s what I do.”
His most recent “girly” endeavor? “This morning, I made dresses out of tissue paper,” he said. “That was fun … for them.”
Of course, it’s not all dress-up.
“We’re doing a lot of home schooling,” Reynolds continued. “We’re lucky enough to have a little, tiny garden, so we’re learning a little about gardening. We’re trying to make this an educational experience."
Then the owner of Aviation Gin joked, “But I’m mostly drinking.”
And he kept the humor going as he mentioned that the girls’ grandmother, his mother-in-law, is staying with them, too.
“She’s been a lifesaver,” he said, before deadpanning, “She doesn’t know it, but she’s emergency food, if this gets real.”
The fact that the star is loving and laughing through his time at home surrounded by the ladies in his life is no surprise. As he told TODAY during a visit to the show last year, “It’s all women (at home). I’d have it no other way.”