Ryan Reynolds Explains Why He Doesn’t Want His Kids in Show Business

“Mostly because I’m against child abuse."

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Ryan Reynolds may be one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, but he doesn’t want to force his kids down the same path. And he’s made that clear before. Reynolds was on Good Morning America earlier this week to promote Deadpool 2 and was asked again about why he opposed his children pursuing a career in show business.

“Mostly because I’m against child abuse,” Reynolds replied. “Show business, for a little kid, that’s a crazy pursuit. Acting is great. Theater school, that kind of [thing] ⏤ amazing. I don’t know why you would put your kid in show business.”

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While Reynolds’ response appeared to be in jest, his underlying message seems to be real. While many parents dream of their kid making it big as a movie star, Reynolds believes that Hollywood is simply too “crazy” for young kids to enjoy.

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There is no shortage of child-actor horror stories to support his belief, as a lot of kids who initially make it big end up struggling to maintain career success. Not to mention the terrible stories of substance abuse and addiction that has become far too common for so many child actors as they grow older.

Reynolds has two daughters, James and Ines, with his wife Blake Lively, and the couple has worked hard to keep them out of the spotlight. They almost never share photos of their children online. And while Reynolds is known to make the occasional joke on Twitter about his less-than-stellar parenting skills, Lively explained that most of the stories he shares are just jokes.

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