How Ryan Reynolds And Blake Lively Negotiate Their Hectic Movie Schedules As A Family

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively in Green Lantern

After meeting each other during Green Lantern's production and dating since late 2011, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively married in 2012. Since then they've been building a family while also keeping their acting careers going, which isn't easy in such a hectic industry. Hollywood families have different strategies for balancing work and home life (some more successful than others), and for Reynolds and Lively, the key is making sure that the two of them aren't working on projects at the same time. While talking about Deadpool 2, the movie Reynolds is currently shooting, Lively said the following:

My husband's shooting Deadpool, and I'm here for the full shoot. We don't work at the same time. We're here as a fami­ly, then we'll pack up, and I'll go do a couple movies.

Since Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively want their two daughters, James and Ines, to be with their parents as much as possible, it isn't feasible for both stars to be working during the same period. Hence the scheduling compromise. Since Deadpool 2 is currently shooting Vancouver, that means Lively will be the one to look after the kids while Reynolds is off causing a ruckus as the Merc with the Mouth. Once that's finished, then Reynolds can be the one who takes care of his daughters while Lively goes to scratch that acting itch. It's a back and forth dynamic, but thanks to planning ahead, it's been quite effective. Lively continued in her interview with Glamour:

I admire people who find that what fulfills them is their art or their work, but what fulfills both me and my husband is our family. Knowing that, everything else comes second. We've each given up stuff we loved in order to not work at the same time. I'm fortunate to be in a place now where I get to find the material---a book or script---early and develop it. So I know ahead of time that I'm going to be working on this job at this time. And we can plan around it.

Both actors were able to contribute to the 2016 movie landscape; Ryan Reynolds with Deadpool and Criminal, Blake Lively with Cafe Society, The Shallows and All I See is You. 2017, though, has been all Reynolds. He starred in Life and The Hitman's Bodyguard, and he even squeezed in the Deadpool short film No Good Deed. Once Deadpool 2 wraps up, then Lively can jump back into the acting game. This approach has worked for the family so far, and looking at their body of work in recent years, both Reynolds and Lively have managed to add some unique credits to their resumes.

We'll find how Ryan Reynolds and the rest of the Deadpool 2 gang fared putting together Wade Wilson's next cinematic adventure when the sequel hits theaters on June 1, 2018. As for Blake Lively, her upcoming projects include The Rhythm Section, The Husband's Secret (which she's also executive producing) and A Simple Favor.

Adam Holmes
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