"If I could have nine daughters, I would be thrilled," dad of two girls Ryan Reynolds told PEOPLE's Jess Cagle

By Michael Miller
December 16, 2016 11:55 AM
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Blake Lively just gave birth to her second daughter in September, which means Ryan Reynolds is one step closer to filling his house with little women.

The actor, who is nominated for a Golden Globe for his portrayal in Deadpool, told PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle during an interview on SiriusXM EW Radio that he “can’t get enough” of having a daughter.

“If I could have nine daughters, I would be thrilled,” said Reynolds, 40. “Really, like I genuinely would be.”

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PEOPLE’s reigning Sexiest Dad Alive welcomed first daughter James with wife Lively, 29, in December 2014.

“Having a daughter was a dream come true for me,” Reynolds previously told PEOPLE. “I would have made a terrible king.”

While Reynolds said he’d be thrilled to have a boy, after growing up with four brothers, he’s happy for a change of pace. “I would love to have a little boy at some point, but I would not be an unhappy man if I had a six-person soccer team of girls,” he joked.

“I’m just fine being surrounded by estrogen. I grew up in a house full of testosterone: I’m the youngest of four boys, and my dad was a cop, and that’s intense,” he added. “For whatever reason, I always got along great with girls. I don’t have to prepare to be wrapped around my daughter’s finger – it has happened.”

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And both parents are excited for the future — and to continue expanding their family. “My wife is the youngest of five; we’d love to have a large family. But you can’t cross that bridge until you get to it.”

But while Reynolds loves fatherhood, he’s careful not to sound like he invented being a dad. “I always laugh because celebrities, you know, you always cringe when you hear them talk about their kids,” he told PEOPLE.

“They literally talk about like, ‘My child is the only one who has ever exited a womb ever!’ And you’re just like well, a lot of people have done this,” he added. “So you always want to temper it with a bit of self-effacement, but I love it. I truly worship that kid.”