Ryan Reynolds vows to stay involved in his kids' lives, 'until they kick me out'

by Ethan Sacks / / Source: TODAY

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For an action hero, Ryan Reynolds sure comes across as one big softy.

In a cover interview with Men’s Health, the “Deadpool” star opened up about his most important role — as a dad to 2-year-old James and 10-month-old Ines, his daughters with wife Blake Lively.

“It’s the best thing that’s happened to me, and I don’t take a second of it for granted,” Reynolds, 40, told the magazine while promoting his upcoming movie, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard.” “I’m also really lucky: my work is intense for periods, but then I can also take time off, and a lot of people can’t, so I’m grateful for that.

“I love watching my kids grow and evolve, and I hope that I get to do that for a huge amount of their lives,” he added, unable to stay serious for too long. “Until they kick me out.”

Image: Ryan Reynolds Honored With Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame
Actors Ryan Reynolds receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last December with his wife Blake Lively and daughters James Reynolds and Ines Reynolds on hand.Axelle/Bauer-Griffin / FilmMagic

Fresh off the success of “Deadpool” — which earned $783 million worldwide at the box office last year — Reynolds is currently filming the sequel. He’s made a super heroic leap into the A-list that wasn’t exactly in a single bound. The Canadian actor struggled for years to be taken seriously in the business.

Ryan Reynolds in Men's Health
Ryan Reynolds in Men's HealthArt Streiber / Men's Health

“I don’t want to sound like a fortune cookie, but I think you define success by a certain level of happiness,” he told Men’s Health. “I would say I have a very similar sense of wellbeing to when I was younger and less successful. Even when I was driving a forklift. As long as I can do some form of work that brings me some joy, I feel like I’ll be OK. I define success as allowing yourself to be happy. Because it’s easy to disallow that.”

Ryan Reynolds in Men's Health
Ryan Reynolds jumps into action in the latest issue of Men's Health.Art Streiber / Men's Health

It’s a good thing Reynolds found success in acting — because there’s zero chance he’d have made it as a professional chef.

“I am not innovative in the kitchen,” Reynolds said. "If I cook, you'll have a structure fire. The firemen will kick down our door, take my wife away, and give her a better life."

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