Ryan Reynolds Reveals What ''Freaks'' Him Out About Parenthood

Actor discusses what it's been like raising baby James

By Bruna Nessif Jul 07, 2015 2:04 AMTags
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Ryan Reynolds has had a pretty good time being a dad to his baby girl James so far, but there is an aspect about it that scares him a bit.

That may not seem like much of a shocker (parenting in general is pretty scary), but what he shared is probably not what you're expecting.

It's not the sleepless nights or having to play bad cop sometimes or wondering if you're doing it right (but we'd guess those cross his mind, too)—it's time.

"Yeah, you suddenly feel the inexorable amount of time go by," the actor tells AOL Build in an interview Monday. "There's nothing that ages you faster than having a kid, and that's not because you wake up in the middle of the night every five seconds because someone's got to shit themselves—it's really because you're looking at this person and time is just flying by, like how is it possible that you're already half a year old?

"And when most people are given at best 90 of these years on this planet, you start to look at it like that, it freaks you out a little bit. You start to make the most of the time you have with this person."


Aw, how presh is that? And while Reynolds' career in the industry causes him to take long trips away from home sometimes, it also offers him long periods of time off.

"We have long hours but we also get breaks, and unlike most people who get one week off a year, I might have three months off which is so nice, those three months used to drive me insane when I was a young buck, single, and carefree, but now I just want to be with my daughter so yeah. I'll do anything to be with my wife and baby," Reynolds added.

The hunky star hasn't stopped gushing about his 6-month-old since the day she was welcomed into the world.

"There have been times where I woke up, literally had no idea I had been walking for five minutes," he told E! News exclusively back in March while promoting his new movie Woman in Gold.

"But you love it. You wake up in the middle of the night, you got a big stupid smile on your face. I was telling someone else that. Anything else that woke you up every 45 minutes, you'd kill it. But when it's a baby, it's the best thing that ever happened to you."

—Reporting by Sara Kitnick