Ryan Reynolds Talks Having Children With Wife Blake Lively: ‘We’d Love a Big Family’

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When it comes to his personal life — especially his marriage to Blake LivelyRyan Reynolds prefers to stay mum. But he made a momentary exception to gush about the prospect of parenthood in the August 2013 issue of Details.

“We’d love to have a big family,” Reynolds, 36, says of Lively, 25, whom he wed in September 2012 after first meeting on the set of 2011’s The Green Lantern. “We both come from big families — my parents did four, Blake’s did five. A lot of people say it’s crazy, but we’ll only know when we’re there, you know? We’ll walk through that fire pretty happily, I think.”

But Reynolds holding out hope that, unlike his own family, he and Lively will have a little girl.

“I’m terrified that I’m genetically predisposed to only having boys. That’s frightening,” he admits. “By the time I was 10 years old, and I’m not exaggerating, I knew how to patch drywall. There’s nothing my brothers and I didn’t put a hole in. We turned our home into a Wiffle house. That’s something I’m not looking forward to.”

Not counting talk of children, Reynolds has good reason for staying lips sealed about Lively, with whom he hops homes from New York City, to Los Angeles, to British Columbia.

“I don’t intentionally try to be evasive about that stuff. If you ask me to describe my relationship, I mean — words are too clumsy to accurately describe how I feel in that regard, particularly in an interview,” he explains. “It’s a strange thing. I understand the climate we live in and why people are curious,” he continues. “But it’s just tough and almost emotionally violent — for anyone, I think — to see your personal life summarized in a sentence.”

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