Ryan Reynolds on how Blake Lively helped repair his 'fractured' relationship with his late lather

Ryan Reynolds is opening up about his “complicated” relationship with his late father.

The 41-year-old actor covers the new issue of Mr. Porter, and inside the mag’s feature story, he discusses his “fractured” relationship with his father, James, and how his “tough” upbringing contributed to his anxiety.

“My dad was a tough guy,” he said of James, who was “a former cop, former boxer [and] full-time landmine.” “Growing up in my house, it was never relaxing or easy and I know that, throughout my life, I’ve dealt with anxiety in different ways.”

While his relationship with his dad was hardly peachy, the actor says that his wife, Blake Lively, encouraged him to patch things up before he died after a long battle with Parkinson’s in 2015. Reynolds and Lively even ended up naming their first daughter, James, after her grandfather.

“It felt right. All family relationships come with some complications,” he revealed. “At the end of the day, it’s easier to focus on the good stuff than the bad. My father died soon after my daughter was born, but he got to see her, which makes me happy.”

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As for the anxiety he still suffers with, Reynolds admitted that it’s “also great fuel.” He has the same attitude towards aging.

“I’ve always enjoyed getting a little bit older. You never bemoan a birthday. I like it. It’s getting a little bit more difficult with the stunt work stuff. I find that landing on cement isn’t hilarious anymore,” he confessed. “But I’ve been injury-free for a while, knock on wood. As I’ve gotten older, I’m more comfortable with who I am.”

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 15: Actor Ryan Reynolds and Actress/wife Blake Lively and with daughters James and unrevealed at Ryan Reynolds' Star Ceremony On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on December 15, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
Actor Ryan Reynolds holds his daughter James as his wife Blake Lively looks on the Deadpool actors Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in Hollywood, California on December 15, 2016. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 15: Actor Ryan Reynolds and Actress/wife Blake Lively and with daughters James and unrevealed at Ryan Reynolds' Star Ceremony On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on December 15, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 15: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds with their children attend a ceremony honoring actor Ryan Reynolds with Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on December 15, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 15: Actors Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and daughters attend the ceremony that honored Reynolds with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 15, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 15: Actors Ryan Reynolds (L) and Blake Lively pose with their daughters as Ryan Reynolds is honored with star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 15, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 15: Ryan Reynolds (L) and Blake Lively with their daughters attend the ceremony honoring actor Ryan Reynolds with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held on December 15, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
Blake Lively (L) and her daughter James cheer at the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony honoring her husband Actor Ryan Reynolds with a star in Hollywood, California on December 15, 2016. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 15: Actors Ryan Reynolds (L) and Blake Lively pose with their daughters as Ryan Reynolds is honored with star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 15, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
Actor Ryan Reynolds (R) holds his daughter James as his wife Blake Lively holds their unnamed new baby during the Deadpool actors Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in Hollywood, California on December 15, 2016. / AFP / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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