“It was really weird, we were watching the Super Bowl and my daughter saw it,” Reynolds told Today Wednesday. “And she totally recognized me. There was like 12 of me, which, to her was like, 24 useless boobs. She was so not impressed.”
“It’s great. I had one of those rare mornings where my daughter just didn’t want me to leave — and that was only because my wife was asleep,” he joked. “But it was like, you didn’t wanna go, it kills me.”
Reynolds, 39, told Today that he even loves “the dirty work” of fatherhood, explaining, “I love getting up in the middle of the night and I’m fine with all of that.”
The actor is also loving being surrounded by women, as he tells PEOPLE in this week’s new issue. As the youngest of four boys, Reynolds says that “having a daughter was a dream come true.”
“I never admitted it out loud, to myself or my wife, but I really wanted a little girl,” he says. “It’s the best.”
And it’s slowly become clear who now rules the roost: “I don’t have to prepare to be wrapped around my daughter’s finger,” he says. “I have been wrapped around her little finger since the day she plopped out into this world.”
For much more from Ryan Reynolds on fame, fatherhood and marriage, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
— Lindsay Kimble