• Ryan Reynolds opened up about his anxiety problems
  • He grew up with a strict cop as a father
  • Reynolds is married to Blake Lively, and the two have three children together

Ryan Reynolds is admitting that it's not always perfect in his world, despite how it might look on the outside! The actor has appeared in multiple films in 2021, and despite being at the height of his career, revealed that there are some things he still gets anxious about!

Ryan Reynolds struggles with anxiety

Sunday morning Ryan Reynolds sat down with CBS Sunday Morning to promote his new film The Adam Project and revealed that some parallels between his character and his childhood are prevalent. 

Ryan Reynolds attends the World Premiere Of Netflix's "Red Notice".

In the film, Reynolds has an opportunity to go back in time and sort through some of the emotional baggage with his father, specifically from his childhood. Reynold's own father, who was a cop, kept Reynolds on edge as a child and was very strict. 

"I don't want to paint this picture that it was this, like, horrible place to grow up. But it was very tense," he said.

"I used to sort of describe him as, like, a skin-covered landmine," he added. "I attribute some of why I'm good at my job from that. I'm perceptive. I watch carefully for danger. And, you know, as an adult, that can really come in handy."

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But just like his character "Deadpool", Reynolds admits that his easy-going attitude and breezy jokes with the spotlight on isn't always real.

"I've had anxiety my whole life really," he said. "And you know, I feel like I have two parts of my personality, that one takes over when that happens."

Reynolds explained further, saying that he remembers being on David Letterman feeling so uneasy before running on stage with the cameras rolling.

"I remember I’d be standing backstage before the curtain would open, and I would think to myself, I’m gonna die. I’m literally gonna die here. The curtain’s gonna open and I’m just gonna be, I’m just gonna be a symphony of vomit, just, like, something horrible’s gonna happen," he laughed.

He noted that the "other side" takes over, and it all ends up okay. 

"But as soon as that curtain opens – and this happens in my work a lot too – it's like this little guy takes over," he said.

He continued, "And he's like, 'I got this. You're cool.' I feel my heart rate drop, and my breathing calm, and I just sort of go out and I'm this different person. And I leave that interview going, 'God, I'd love to be that guy!'"

The Adam Project will be available on Netflix March 11.