Ryan Reynolds isn’t necessarily known for taking things seriously, particularly when there’s the opportunity for him to make a sardonic or quippy remark … or the opportunity to pretend to kiss a man.
But, beneath that ironic demeanor is, perhaps, a bit more sentimentality than we all thought — particularly when it comes to his significant other.
During last night’s Met Gala, Reynolds and his wife, Blake Lively, encountered Humans Of New York photographer Brandon Stanton, who is renowned for his collections of portraits and interviews on the streets of (you guess it) New York City.
Stanton has a particular knack for pulling nuggets of remarkable truth from his portrait subjects, and his interview with Ryan Reynolds is no different. Reynolds waxed poetic to Stanton about his love for Lively, the mother of his two children, and what he values most in her as a partner.
Stanton shared the photograph to the Humans Of New York Instagram, and included Reynold’s sweet sentiments.
The photo’s caption reads:
“She always responds with empathy. She meets anger with empathy. She meets hate with empathy. She’ll take the time to imagine what happened to a person when they were five or six years old. And she’s made me a more empathetic person. I had a very fractured relationship with my father. Before he died, she made me remember things I didn’t want to remember. She made me remember the good times.”
Reynolds father, James Reynolds, died in October of 2015 following an extensive battle with Parkinson’s disease. Reynold’s and Lively’s three-year-old daughter, James, is named after him.
I’M GETTING KIND OF CHOKED UP ABOUT THIS, I’M SORRY.
And it’s nice to know that, in some celebrity relationships, there’s more to the pairing that simply both being ridiculously attractive.