Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively's Daughter James Wants to Be an Actress, and Ryan's Not Having It

Ryan Reynolds and James Reynolds
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Well, it didn't take long for one member of Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively's family to want to be famous. Reynolds revealed their oldest daughter James, who already demonstrated remarkable showmanship during her only red carpet appearance ever in 2016, wants to be an actress now. That's fine in school, but Reynolds isn't about to let the girl be in Hollywood. He had a pretty dark joke about that when he spoke to Jimmy Fallon about the prospect.

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James acting like a little star in 2016.
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"She wants to be an actor," Reynolds started. "Yep. I’m fine if she wants to be an actor. Go ahead. You know, in school, do after school stuff like that. That’s all fine. Right now, it’s every day is like a recital. She’s singing songs, she’s doing little plays at home, all that stuff, but being a child actor in movies and stuff, that’s a whole other ball of wax."

"I tried to explain to her, that’s a huge burden on your nervous system," he continued, segueing into his joke. "I mean, having to process all of that attention and information. Also, you develop all of these unhealthy coping mechanisms. And she just looked at me, like she didn’t know what the fuck I was talking about, and I was like, what’s cheaper and easier is let’s just skip showbiz and enroll you right into cocaine. Because showbiz is not good for kids! I feel like we should know this by now, right? But parents everywhere are like let’s just put them in a movie unsupervised. It’s great, it’s great." Fallon looked a little shocked at the joke, but the conversation just kept moving along, as you do in television.

Wow.


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