In an interview with Access Hollywood on Friday – speaking with host Mario Lopez’s children – Reynolds said:
I love being a girl dad. I have three daughters, which I never in a million years would have imagined. I come from all boys. I have three older brothers. I’m the youngest of four boys so for me to have three daughters has been such a ride and I love every second of it.
Reynolds and his wife, Blake Lively, have three daughters: five-year-old James, four-year-old Inez, and Betty, who's one.
No joke, they are the most capable people I know. If anything got crazy or scary in my life, they are the first people I would lean on because they have wisdom and strength and they’re calm under fire. They have courage under fire.
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.
His family is especially close, he said, because they make an effort to spend a lot of time together and travel together on movie shoots, whether it's for him or Lively.
The actor received praise for the interview, with people on social media responding “Swoon!”, “cute”, and “I just love this guy”.
While some would say the existence of #GirlDad transcends the old-fashioned cultural ideal that fathers 'prefer' sons, others think it further entrenches negative gender stereotypes (i.e. the hashtag #BoyDad or #BoyMom would likely never trend).
I understand people are emotional right now, but #girldad and #boymom are very problematic labels IMO. Can’t we ju… https://t.co/wJakXeghLN