Suddenly, Ryan Reynolds is a very busy man. He's recently been cast in everything from a rollicking action flick to a hard-boiled cop drama, with a romantic comedy thrown in for good measure. And besides being one of the busiest, most versatile young actors in Hollywood, he's also half of a hot celeb couple-he's engaged to fellow Canadian Alanis Morissette. MF somehow found a hole in his schedule. What did we learn? Between Harleys, hanging out with the FBI, and wheels of cheese, life for Ryan Reynolds is even more entertaining than for Van Wilder!
MF: Is it true that early on in your career you were looking at other job options because you were frustrated with acting?
RR: Well, it's overstating it to suggest I was looking for another career; I was just looking for something. That's true of a lot of kids at that age. I was 17, and I'd been working for two or three years in Vancouver at a time when Vancouver was plagued with these horrible movies of the week. So I kept getting the same types of roles where I was playing some ex-Knots Landing-style son with a horrific disease. It was just really empty. I wasn't thinking about switching career paths, but I was definitely looking at other means of obtaining income. I worked at a grocery store from midnight to 8 a.m. for a year. I just worked, punched in and punched out, and nobody asked me to hang out with Donna Mills.
MF: Then a friend talked you into heading to L.A., right?
RR: Yeah, a buddy of mine-still one of my closest friends-popped into a place I was working on my lunch break and just kind of asked me what the fuck I was doing.
MF: What did you say?
RR: I said I didn't know. He invited me to drive down to Los Angeles-the caveat was that he was leaving the next day.
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Also in MF's December/January 2006 Issue:
»The Life of Ryan
»Q & A with Hotshot Actor Ryan Reynolds.
»Sex in the U.S.A.
»The Hardcore sex secrets of 11,240 men and women.
»Get Your Give On
»The Ultimate List of must-have gear for everyone on your holiday list.
»Holiday Survival Workout
»Work out 20 minutes a week and lose five pounds.
»British officer-turned-hitmaker James Blunt.