Ryan Reynolds Defends Naming His Daughter 'James' and Gushes About Fatherhood

by Elizabeth VanMetre 9:23 AM PST, February 05, 2016
Playing Ryan Reynolds Defends Naming His Daughter 'James' and Gushes About Fatherhood

Ryan Reynolds admits that he and his wife, Blake Lively were not trying to "[break] any new ground" by naming their daughter James.

The 39-year-old actor sat down with ITV's Good Morning Britain, where he discussed that name -- traditionally a boy's name -- was a tribute to his late father James C. Reynolds, who died after a 20-year battle with Parkinson's disease last year.

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

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

While appearing on the British morning show, the Deadpool actor also gave an update on James' latest milestone: teething.

"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," he explained.

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"It's the most common thing in the world but the most profound," he added. "It's super fun. I just love it."

Although fatherhood appears to be going well for Reynolds, he has hit some bumps along the way, including building baby furniture. Watch the NSFW video below to see the star hilariously try to put together and IKEA baby crib.