He Got His Start On Canadian Television
A very young Ryan Reynolds kicked his acting career into gear on good ol' Canadian TV. First up was the 1991-1993 YTV teen drama "Hillside" (Ryan played preppy student Billy Simpson). Then came "The Odyssey" on CBC (1993-1994), where he took on the dual role of Macro and Lee. RELATED: Canadian Star of the Week: Ryan Reynolds
Canada is known for its top-notch comedy exports, and Ryan definitely makes the cut. His comedies include "Van Wilder," "Two Guys, A Girl, And A Pizza Place," "The Proposal," "The Change-Up," and "The Croods." Heck, he was even hilarious in the "Blade" movies.
He Was One Half Of A Canadian Super-Couple
In 2002, Ryan and Ottawa-born pop sensation Alanis Morissette became an entertainment industry anomaly: an internationally known Canadian super-couple. (Think about it, there aren't many.) The duo dated for five years, and were even engaged at one point.
He Got A Not-So-Great Tattoo In British Columbia This One Time
Hey, we've all been there, man. We'll let Ryan explain it: "My tattoo is of a cannon in Vancouver that I got in a fleeting moment of stupidity maybe 14 years ago. A lot of people have really beautiful tattoos, and I get real tattoo envy."
He Got Married In Canada (In A Modest, Canadian-Sized Ceremony)
For a big Hollywood star to wed in Tofino, British Columbia is a wonderfully Canadian thing to do. And for it to be a small private affair with little hoopla? Hey, you can't get more Canadian than that. (It's just a shame it didn't work out).
He's A Nice Guy
Although Ryan's marriage to Scarlett Johansson ended after a couple of years, all reports say the actors split amicably, with no drama, and no rumours of bad behaviour. Not surprising on Ryan's part, given he's well known for falling into that (kinda great) stereotype of Canadians being nice people.
He Jumped At The Chance To Work With Atom Egoyan
Only a true Canuck understands the brilliance of iconic Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan. Which explains why Ryan agreed to take part in Atom's most recent film "The Captive" without even seeing the script. 'He could>ve had me playing pretty much anything,' the actor says. 'He>s kind of the Holy Grail of Canadian cinema and to get the opportunity to work with him, you>re kind of chomping at the bit.'
He Can Handle The Cold
Like any true Canadian, Ryan is able to whether those freezing temperatures without batting an eye. In fact, during a long, cold winter shoot in Sudbury, Ontario, he and wife Blake Lively went so far as to plan an outdoor picnic. How's that for some sub-zero romance?
He's There For Other Canadians
In November 2008, Ryan took part in the New York City Marathon on behalf of fellow Canadian Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's Disease foundation. Although claiming to be "anything but a runner," Ryan explained the cause was dear to his heart given his father was diagnosed with the illness in 1995.
He's Got Those Canadian-Style Insecurities
Sure, he was named People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive for 2010, but Ryan is certainly not some vain Hollywood egomaniac. In fact, quite the opposite. "Acting has given me a way to channel my angst," he explains. "I feel like an overweight, pimply-faced kid a lot of the time, and finding a way to access that insecurity and put it toward something creative is incredibly rewarding."