Ryan Reynolds on Why He Can Name His Baby Whatever the Heck He Wants

ryan reynoldsRyan Reynolds and Blake Lively made headlines when they named their baby girl James, but Reynolds is now opening up about the inspiration behind the classically lovely (if somewhat gender barrier–crossing) choice -- and it had nothing to do with wanting to keep up with the cult of crazy baby monikers. In fact, the story behind Ryan and Blake's daughter's name is surprisingly sentimental!


Reynolds was a guest on ITV’s Good Morning Britain when one of the cohosts mentioned James, calling her name "unusual" for a girl. But Reynolds explained that he and Lively weren't trying to be trendsetters or anything; James was actually named after his dad, James C. Reynolds, who passed away after a decades-long battle with Parkinson's disease. Plus, as he pointed out, James isn't that "unusual" of a name as far as Hollywood types go:

"In the spectrum of weird celebrity baby names, I feel like we’re not really breaking any new ground here," he said. "I mean, I didn’t call her Summer Squash Meadow Lark, or something."

Fair enough, man. Of course, Reynolds, being the adorable wise guy he is, he couldn't let the moment pass without cracking a little joke at the entertainment industry's expense:

"I also thought of all the letters being silent in her name, so it would be just be 'Haa.'"

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Hey, there's always baby #2! Seriously, though, I just love what a great sense of humor Reynolds seems to have about the whole parenthood thing (and in general, of course). I also absolutely love how completely smitten the star seems with his little one. As he said during the same interview:

"She's teething at the moment. I love being a father. I don't want to be one of those celebs who talks about being a parent like they're the only person in the world who has ever done it. It's the most common thing in the world but the most profound. It's super fun. I just love it.”

Awww! Sounds like James is a lucky little girl -- and Lively is one lucky lady!


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