11 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Ryan Reynolds' Childhood Growing Up In Canada

He is so proud of his roots!

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11 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Ryan Reynolds' Childhood Growing Up In Canada

Canada loves Ryan Reynolds, and he loves it right back. It’s no secret that the Deadpool actor grew up in Vancouver, and he's clearly proud since he seems to mention his beloved hometown any chance he gets.

Even his Instagram handle is an ode to the city!

It might not always appear that he likes his B.C. home, because he tends to troll it a lot, but that’s just how he shows his love. Right?

A true Reynolds superfan knows every last detail about him, even some random facts, like how his brothers are police officers.

If you can't get enough of him, here is everything we could find about his childhood in Vancouver. Let's see how much of a die-hard fan you really are.

Ryan Reynolds Grew Up In An Irish Catholic Family

Ryan Reynolds grew up in an Irish Catholic household, which makes sense since he has Irish and Scottish ancestry. That's not all we know about his origin story though!

He was born on October 23, 1976 in Vancouver, B.C., to parents James Chester Reynolds and Tammy Reynolds.

His Old Address Aired On 'The Tonight Show'

During an appearance on Jimmy Fallon's 'The Tonight Show' in May 2019, Ryan talked about when his local newspaper published a photo of him at Kits Community Centre when he was three years old.

They even published his old address - 2382 Oliver Crescent in Vancouver. He doesn't live there anymore, so please don't go and hassle the new homeowners!

He Grew Up With Some Unique Initials 

​His full name is Ryan Rodney Reynolds, which makes his initials R.R.R. and that looks pretty cool.

That's probably not the only thing that made him cool though — I mean, have you seen him?!

He Grew Up With Three Brothers

Ryan grew up as the little brother to Jeff, Patrick and Terry.

Terry and Jeff both followed their father’s footsteps in joining the police force, and Terry became a Mountie.

He Got His Ear Pierced When He Was 13

When he told his brothers, they all assured him that “if Dad sees that thing in your ear, he’s gonna release your soul to the wind,” he wrote in an article for TIME Magazine.

In the end, they all pierced their ears to lessen the blow. How sweet!

He Was A Paperboy For The Vancouver Sun

Just imagine a young Ryan Reynolds skipping through his neighbourhood, chucking newspapers onto doorsteps.

It was such a sweet memory that his wife Blake Lively even had a custom painting made for him.

He Would Get On The Wrong Bus Just To See His Crush

On The Graham Norton Show, he shared a funny but super sweet story about his childhood crush.

He would deliberately get on the wrong bus on his way to school just to sit next to her, until one day the bus doors closed onto his backpack and rode off with him dangling outside for a few minutes. Safe to say he never got on that bus again!

He Has Always Struggled With Anxiety

He said in an Instagram post that he has struggled with anxiety throughout his life not only while growing up in Vancouver but after too.

He Started An Improv Group In College

It was called "Yellow Snow" and lived until the day that Reynolds dropped out of KPU (back then it was Kwantlen College) to move to L.A. with a friend.

He Stole His Teacher’s Car

It was supposed to be a prank, but it turned out that driving around with the teacher’s car, even around the block, counts as stealing.

He admitted the whole thing in a reply on Twitter!

He Worked As A Forklift Driver At Safeway

According to his LinkedIn profile, a young Reynolds drove forklifts around Safeway. Nothing says growing up in Vancouver like working at a Safeway!

This article has been updated since it was originally published on December 11, 2021.

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