For starters, they're both TV turned big-screen stars and underrated actors whose fairly perfect looks have required them to work harder and be doubly smart with script choices in an effort to be taken seriously.
Reynolds biggest box office success to date didn't come until last year with .)They're also both family-oriented (Lively once said Reynolds would make a great "patriarch") and privacy-minded, ultimately keeping their babies entirely to themselves until a grand reveal at Reynolds' Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony last December that would have made Taylor Swift proud.
While privacy isn't expected, it's certainly appreciated."In 2015, when Johansson was remarried to Romain Dauriac (they separated last year), she told , reflecting on why things just don't work out sometimes: "[Marriage] takes a lot of work.
But if I keep resisting it, I'll stay there forever."Reynolds genteelly refrained from talking about his ex (until 2016 when he fairly randomly broke into "Ironic" on in 2009, just shy of their first wedding anniversary.
But by December 2009, those 20/20 hindsight signs were starting to crop up."We have no time for dates.
They quietly dated for almost two years, careful not to seem like more than friends at first (they sat about a foot apart during a joint appearance on when the show was a freshman phenomenon), but ultimately their real-life coupling drove fans wild.
And when they broke up, they did not bring their drama to work with them."The shocking thing was, I found out on the set of the Season 2 finale that Blake and Penn had broken up months before," Lively said that she and Badgley didn't want to rock the boat at work by flaunting their romance on set, or in public, but in hindsight she's guessing that no one would have minded one bit."They wanted us all to date," she said.
At the June premiere of that year, Reynolds sang his co-star's praises, particularly her cooking prowess (which, coincidentally, was also a rather fetching trait as far as Di Caprio was concerned too)."Oh, she's quite a baker," Reynolds kinda-gushed to E! "There's nothing she can't cook, that's sort of the problem...aren't actors supposed to be out causing massive amounts of bad press and trouble?
But this girl's in a kitchen all day, baking our crew on our movie—everything you can imagine. What's weird is she would live 30 minutes away but when she brought stuff it was still warm.
The documentation on that one is slim (they had to hang out all the time for work, after all), but randomly in 2015, Artie Lange tweeted a throwback pic from when he and Howard starred in 1998's .
The actor got serious with rocker Alanis Morissette in 2002, even popping the question in 2004.
(Maybe they even discussed it beforehand at Swift's 2016 Fourth of July bash.)And at 10 years Lively's senior, Reynolds had the oft-required lead time to figure out what he truly wanted, and Lively had enough dating history under her belt to figure out what it is she .
"I remember saying when I read this script, 'Whoever does this will not be able to walk out of their house ever again and be the same as before they started this.'"The crazy newness of it all perhaps prompted Lively to gravitate toward co-star Penn Badgley, who also played her off-and-on-but-meant-to-be love interest on the show.
"They wanted us all to wear the same clothes that we're wearing on the show.