Ryan Reynolds Thanks 'Genius' Wife Blake Lively in Speech at WSJ. Innovator Awards: 'She Pushes Me'
The Free Guy actor, 45, was recognized as an entertainment and entrepreneurship innovator at the WSJ. Magazine's 2021 Innovator Awards on Monday night at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. During his acceptance speech, Reynolds thanked his wife Lively, with whom he shares daughters James, 6, Inez, 5, and Betty, 2.
"I want to thank my wife, Blake," he said. "She is a genius. She's a renaissance woman. And she pushes me in ways I never imagined I'd be pushed." He then joked that the latter comment sounded like something that police should be involved in.
"I tend to bite off way more than I could or should chew. I think maybe it's just that Canadian sensibility: 'Well, I said I was going to, so I have to deliver this,' " he said. "I will do that at the cost of my own well-being sometimes."
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"I fixate on things," Reynolds continued. "That's sort of the engine of anxiety. I lay awake at night, wrapping and unwrapping every possible scenario. I slept at a perfect right angle for so many years."
He added, "I tend to pave over anxiety with work and, to a lesser extent, achievement. You want to tick boxes sometimes."
He told WSJ. Magazine about the decision, saying he is looking to be more "present" within his life: "These days, my goal is to be as present as I can and not just tick a box just to do it. I'm fully embracing and living that right now. It's been amazing."