Ryan Reynolds defends naming his daughter 'James' and gushes about fatherhood

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Ryan Reynolds Gushes Over Daughter, Defends Her Unique Name


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."

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Ryan Reynolds during 'Election' Premiere at Egyption Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Ryan Reynolds and Melissa Joan Hart during MTV's 10th Annual Rock 'n Jock Baseball Game in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Ryan Reynolds during Battlefield Earth Premiere at Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
400387 19: Actor Ryan Reynolds arrives at Maxims Super Bowl benefit for the HollyRod Foundation February 1, 2002 in New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
SCRUBS -- 'My Dream Job' Episode 22 -- Pictured: (l-r) Zach Braff as Dr. John 'J.D.' Dorian, Ryan Reynolds as Spence, Donald Faison as Dr. Christopher Turk -- (Photo by: Mitch Haddad/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Ryan Reynolds during AMC & Movieline's Hollywood Life Magazine's Young Hollywood Awards 2003 at El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
From left, Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Reynolds and Quentin Tarantino are introduced to announce nominees for the 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards during a news conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., Thursday morning, Dec. 13, 2007. Nominations were announced in 25 categories for the Golden Globe Awards, airing live Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Actor Ryan Reynolds arrives at The Ziegfeld Theatre for the premiere of "Definitely Maybe" Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Ryan Reynolds arrives to the "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" screening on Tuesday April 28, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Actor Ryan Reynolds poses for a portrait to promote the film 'Buried' at the Toronto International Film Festival Tuesday Sept. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri)
Ryan Reynolds, recipient of the Male Star of the Year award, banters with photographers at the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards, Thursday, March 31, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
FILE - This June 15, 2011 file photo shows actors Blake Lively, left, and Ryan Reynolds at the premiere of "Green Lantern" in Los Angeles. Reynolds wed Blake Lively in Mount Pleasant, S.C., Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at Boone Hall Plantation, according to a person familiar with the ceremony who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the matter. While it's Lively's first marriage, Reynolds was previously married to Scarlett Johansson. Their divorce was finalized last summer after three years of marriage. Lively and Reynolds both starred in last year's âGreen Lantern.â (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)
Ryan Reynolds attends the premiere of "Safe House", in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Ryan Reynolds receives a wreath of flowers for his win in skeeball during a promotional segment for the animated film "Turbo" on NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Actor Ryan Reynolds and his wife Blake Lively arrive for the screening of Captives at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Actor Ryan Reynolds poses for a portrait for the film Captives at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 17, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actor Ryan Reynolds attends the "Mississippi Grind" cast party hosted by Chase Sapphire Preferred during the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision for Chase Sapphire Preferred/AP Images)
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Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds poses for a portrait in promotion of his upcoming role in the film "Woman in Gold" on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 in New York. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
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"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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FILE- In this Feb. 26, 2015, file photo, Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds poses for a portrait in New York. Actor Ryan Reynolds was the victim of a hit-and-run in a hotel parking lot, his publicist and Vancouver police said Sunday, April 12, 2015. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)
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Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds poses for photographers during a photocall for the film 'Woman in Gold' presented as Berlinale Special at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin, on February 9, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

The only thing better than Blake's dress was her handsome husband, Ryan Reynolds, by her side. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation)

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Actors Ryan Reynolds (L) and Blake Lively attend the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Designer Gabriela Cadena and Blake Lively pose backstage before the Gabriela Cadena fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at One World Trade Center on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Wendell Teodoro/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 15: Actors Blake Lively (L) and Ryan Reynolds arrive at the 'Green Lantern' Los Angeles Premiere held at at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 15, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Blake Lively poses backstage before the Gabriela Cadena fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at One World Trade Center on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Wendell Teodoro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Designer Gabriela Cadena (L) and Actress Blake Lively pose backstage at the Gabriela Cadena fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Gabriela Cadena)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02: Blake Lively attends L'Oreal Paris' Ninth Annual Women of Worth Awards at The Pierre Hotel on December 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: Blake Lively is seen in New York City on December 04, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ignat/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Blake Lively attends 2014 American Made Summit: In Conversation With Martha Stewart And Blake Lively at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Headquarters on November 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively attend 'The Captives' Premiere at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival>> on May 16, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Actress Blake Lively attends 2014 American Made Summit: In Conversation with Martha Stewart and Blake Lively at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Headquarters on November 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
Hot mama! Lively put her new pregnancy curves on display in a butter colored Gucci’s Resort 2015 gown, which featured a plunging, embellished neckline for the 2014 Angel Ball in New York City on October 20. (Photo by J. Countess/Getty Images)

Never one to stray away from color, the former "Gossip Girl" star channeled her fashion-loving character Serena and draped her bump in a tribal print poncho as she ran errands in New York City. She polished off the look with a pair of knee-high boots. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)

Lively is all about the prints! The blond babe put her best foot forward in a printed jumpsuit as she hit the Big Apple in October. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)

Lively's first red carpet appearance since she announced her pregnancy was certainly a hit. The Green Lantern" gal sparkled in a Michael Kors gown at the God's Love We Deliver Golden Heart Awards. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
What a wonderful night with @amberrosetamblyn and @travislouie at the opening of his new show in NYC. He is one of my favorite artists and a great father, husband and man! So grateful to know him 😊 Ps. Thank you Amber for playing dress up with me #PreserveStyle Who can iSpy the @preserve_us pieces we borrowed?

Blake Lively announced her pregnancy on her website, Preserve, on October 5, wearing this gorgeous printed orchid Sam & Lavi maternity look. The skirt and blouse combo was a serious hit and practically flew off the shelves.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: Actors Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds attend 2014 Angel Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on October 20, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds attend the 'Captives' Premiere at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: Actress Blake Lively (L) and Ryan Reynolds attend Angel Ball 2014 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 20, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds attend 'The Captive' Premiere at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds attend the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Tracy Pollan and Michael J. Fox attend the 2013 A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's event benefiting The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research at The Waldorf=Astoria on November 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/MJF2013/WireImage)
(L-R) Actors Michael Clarke Duncan, Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, director Martin Campbell and President Warner Bros. Pictures Group Jeff Robinov arrive at the 'Green Lantern' Los Angeles Premiere held at at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 15, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JUNE 05: Actors Blake Lively (L) and Ryan Reynolds speak onstage during the 2011 MTV Movie Awards at Universal Studios' Gibson Amphitheatre on June 5, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actors Ryan Reynolds (L) and Blake Lively arrive at the 'Green Lantern' Los Angeles Premiere held at at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 15, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
Actors Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively accepts award onstage during Spike TV's 'Scream 2010' at The Greek Theatre on October 16, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
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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."

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