"Our relationship never really mirrored the father-son dynamic I envied watching '80s sitcoms," he says

By Jodi Guglielmi
February 10, 2016 11:00 AM
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Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds is opening up about country life with wife Blake Lively and raising their little girl, James. Subscribe now for everything about the Sexiest Dad Alive in this exclusive interview, only in PEOPLE!

Less than one year after becoming a father himself, Ryan Reynolds lost his own dad.

Reynolds’ father, James C. Reynolds, lost his long-term battle with Parkinson’s disease last October.

The actor, 39, has been open in the past about the strain his father’s diagnosis put on their family, and now he’s opening up to PEOPLE about how he’s coped in the months following his passing.

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“My dad left a lot of unanswered questions,” he tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “Unless I can find a very upscale Ouija board, I have to accept there’ll be no answers.”

“Our relationship never really mirrored the father-son dynamic I envied watching ’80s sitcoms,” he adds. “But in the end it found its own version of closure in peace.”

Ryan Reynolds on the cover of PEOPLE

The Deadpool star and wife Blake Lively named their now 15-month-old daughter James after Reynolds’ father.

As Reynolds settles into fatherhood and develops his own bond with his daughter, he says he’s learned to come to terms with the complicated relationship he had with his dad.

Reporting by KATE COYNE

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