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Ryan Reynolds Quotes

Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds quotes: on anxiety, acting, fitness, working hard, parenting, pleasing his dad, and more.

“I don’t expect success.  I prepare for it.”

“Any kind of crisis can be good.  It wakes you up.”

“You know, there’s nobody where I’ve said, ‘Man, I really want that guy’s career.’  I mean, each of us has to make our own go of it.”

“Laughing can serve you in dark moments and even help you crawl your way back out.”

“When you have expectations, you are setting yourself up for disappointment.”

“If you’re going to commit to that, you’re going to have to find some way to make it bearable and enjoyable.”

“I’ve always relied on discipline to achieve goals great and small.  At a young age, my father instilled a real work ethic in me – and a fear of men.  I always felt like if I didn’t have a natural knack for something, I could kind of out-discipline the competition as it were.  So I would always work as hard as I possibly could, sometimes to my own detriment and my personal life.  For me, I think willpower and discipline are very synonymous.”

“I learned discipline from my father.  Not in terms of corporal punishment, but being determined in whatever you do, and sticking with it.”

“When your dad’s a cop, calling 9-1-1 is really just like calling dad at work.”

“I feared disappointing my father more than anything in the world.”

“I worked as a busboy in real life.  I have some calluses that are not just from snacking at the actors’ craft service table.”

“Every time I’ve gotten myself into trouble, it’s because I’m choosing a project based on a long-term career goal as opposed to something that speaks to me at the moment.”

“I never took acting classes, but I knew I could do it based on the skill with which I lied to my parents on a regular basis!”

“I’ve always just liked working.  I like being a working actor.”

“My career has been an inch at a time.”

“I don’t think you can help but personalize a role.  You almost play to none of the preconceived notions of it.  It’s more or less a personal experience and journey.”

“I can’t say I’ve ever finished a film and been particularly thrilled with myself or patted myself on the back.  And maybe that’s what keeps me going, and that’s a good thing.  It speaks volumes about how I perceive myself.”

“I learned early on to abandon all those preconceived notions you have about other actors and it’s served me really well.  I usually just try to empty my mind of that.  I love meeting actors and I love working with actors.”

“I’m going to admit when I’m clueless, and I’m going to ask people for help when I don’t know the answer to something.”

“I think you have to let go of this idea that you can be precious about everything, and let it be the abstract mess that it is.”

“People have their complexities.  They have their heroic moments and their villainous moments, too.”

“I find that I get a little depressed if I don’t move my body each day, so sometimes it’s just as simple as walking, and other times it’s training for a marathon or some kind of personal goal that I’m trying to meet.”

“When I’m not training for a movie, it’s more relaxed.  I do a lot of running.  Usually I’ll run four to six miles about three times a week.  You try to eat right, but you don’t always.”

“I had to wear that suit, so I put in my required time in the gym.  I’m not one of those actors who romanticizes his trials working out and brags that he can bench press a panda now.”

“I just like to look beautiful sometimes.”

“I remember that coming to America was scary for me because everything here is just bigger, better, shinier, you know?”

“I was a really nervous kid.  I was extremely sensitive.  Incredibly perceptive.”

“Like a lot of people, I’ve got a self-loathing streak that’s alive and well.  It acts as a de facto engine when I’m working, but it also has its extraordinary pitfalls, too.”

“I have anxiety, I’ve always had anxiety.  Both in the lighthearted ‘I’m anxious about this’ kind of thing, and I’ve been to the depths of the darker end of the spectrum, which is not fun.”

“When the curtain opens, I turn on this knucklehead, and he kind of takes over and goes away again once I walk off set.  That’s that great self-defense mechanism.  I figure if you’re going to jump off a cliff, you might as well fly.”

“Acting has given me a way to channel my angst.  I feel like an overweight, pimply faced kid a lot of the time – and finding a way to access that insecurity, and put it toward something creative is incredibly rewarding.  I feel very lucky.”

“I think every relationship is going to go through a few rough patches.  Those are what make it stronger, I think.”

“You don’t need to be a superhero to get the girl; the right girl will bring out the hero in you.”

“I would rather drink a piping hot bowl of liquid rabies than get on a plane with my two children.  At two years old they just have to rip all their clothes off and introduce themselves to everyone on the plane.  It’s just like, ‘Please can we land in a farmer’s field?'”

“I’m pretty good at surprising friends and family with gifts.  I tend to go towards the more sentimental side of giving.”

“I hope that I’m always satisfied and content like I am right at this very moment.”

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