On Tuesday’s airing of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, actor Ryan Reynolds opens up about life before and after becoming a father. The 42-year-old comedian jokingly told Degeneres that while he loves being a dad, he sometimes misses who he used to be.
“I sort of miss being horrible,” Reynolds said when asked how he feels about being a parent. Of course, the dad to James, 4, and Inez, 2, with wife Blake Lively prefaced that by gushing, “I love [fatherhood]. It’s really kind of made me a better person I think. You know?”
He went on to admit that while being a parent to his two daughters is difficult, he wouldn’t trade it for anything. “I think of blinking now as, like, tiny little breaks all day,” Reynolds laughed. “But you know, it’s the dream. They’re like my buddies. I love it.”
The Deadpool 2 actor is well-known (and well-liked) for being honest about the ups and downs of parenting, particularly on social media. Some of his most relatable tweets include, “On our 6am walk, my daughter asked where the moon goes each morning. I let her know it’s in heaven, visiting daddy’s freedom” and “Being a father is the single greatest feeling on earth. Not including those wonderful years I spent without a child, of course.”
So what’s next for the Reynolds-Lively family? While Page Six reported earlier this year that the couple is waiting another year to have their next child, Reynolds hinted to DeGeneres, “Hoping for a third soon!”