According to the actor, his wife was the one who helped him deal with his anxiety when he was on Deadpool. Afraid that the superhero flick, which ended up breaking records for being the highest grossing R-rated film of all time, would be a commercial failure, Reynolds said Lively kept him “sane” at a time he was doubting himself.
“I never, ever slept. Or I was sleeping at a perfect right angle — just sitting straight, constantly working at the same time,” he told Variety. “By the time we were in [post-production], we’d been to Comic-Con, and people went crazy for it. The expectations were eating me alive.”
“Blake helped me through that,” Reynolds continued. “I’m lucky to have her around just to keep me sane.”
The 40-year-old also opened up about his struggles with anxiety as a kid. Growing up surrounded by strong male figures, Reynolds shared that he’s always felt the pressure to be tough.
“I have three older brothers,” he said. “Our father was tough. He wasn’t easy on anyone. And he wasn’t easy on himself. I think the anxiety might have started there, trying to find ways to control others by trying to control myself. At the time, I never recognized that. I was just a twitchy kid.”