Ryan Reynolds talks being a 'girl dad' with wife Blake Lively: 'I didn’t expect to be a dad. I didn’t expect to be married.'

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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds attend the World Premiere of 20th Century Studios'
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds attend the World Premiere of 20th Century Studios' "Free Guy" in New York City. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Disney)

Ryan Reynolds explained what it’s really like to be a so-called girl dad, after growing up in a mostly male household.

The Deadpool star shares daughters (and Taylor Swift's folklore muses) James, 6, Inez, 4, and Betty, 1, with his wife Blake Lively and admitted in a SiriusXM interview that his current family life is a lot different from how he grew up.

“I was the youngest of four boys, so I find doors to be a privilege,” he explained. “For the most part I was thrown through walls. I was a moving target, I was emergency harvestable organs. You name it, I was that, as the youngest of four large, strapping boys. I include my dad, because he was almost like a child at times. Having girls, now I don’t know anything else. Our last-born daughter, Betty, I was worried. We didn’t know what the sex was going to be. I was like, ‘If I have a boy, what is that going to be like?’”

Reynolds, who is celebrating a decade of love with Lively later this year, also spoke on Live With Kelly and Ryan about raising daughters.

“I’m 100 percent a girl dad. I love it. I absolutely love it. I didn’t expect to be a girl dad. I didn’t expect to be a dad. I didn’t expect to be married. It’s all a part of the Hollywood arrangementship,” he said, joking of rumors that the so-called celebrity couples aren’t authentic. “I looked at the contract, and none of that was in there. But we just jumped in.”

Girls, however, proved to be much easier than Reynolds thought.

“I’m the youngest of four boys,” he added. “I did live in fear that it was going to be boys. The only way you could leave a room was through a perfectly good wall. I was like, ‘Why does it have to be like this?’”

Reynolds admitted, “If I had boys, I’d probably pay for nothing but padded rooms.”

While the Aviation Gin founder doesn’t have to invest in extra wall padding, he and Lively always make sure to put family first.

Last year, he told Access Hollywood, "I just try to be as present as possible. We don't split up — like I shoot movies and my wife shoots movies and we go travel all over the place and we just all go together. I think that's been the best part of it is that we really don't spend a lot of time apart. I get to spend a lot of time with my girls."

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