There are a few things you might not know about Ryan Reynolds, despite being one of the most iconic figures in entertainment today. At the same time, the actor’s longtime fans could probably inform you that some of his physical transformation over the years has resulted in him ending up as a very tall man. In fact, he is willing to acknowledge and use the star’s remarkable size if it helps him professionally. He explained it himself in February 2012 while speaking to Denzel Washington about working on Safe House, according to The Irish Independent.
In the action flick, Reynolds stars as a CIA agent while Washington takes on the role of a vulnerable fugitive. While opening up about on-screen struggles with the older actor, Reynolds admitted, “I’m taller than him, but that’s about all I have about him.”
That could make it seem like Washington is on the short side. Well, that’s not true at all. If you’re curious, Washington is practically 6 feet tall, according to Celeb Heights. Granted, that definitely doesn’t make him a giant, as the average height of a man in the United States is 5ft 9, according to Verywell Fit. That means Washington is taller than average, yet shorter than Reynolds thanks to the fact that, as we said, the latter actor is pretty damn tall.
Rob McElhenney says Ryan Reynolds is ‘very, very tall’
While some fans may have noticed Ryan Reynolds’ size, the same is true for other people in show business. For example, when Reynolds sat down for an interview with Rob McElhenney, who stepped in as a host on Jimmy Kimmel Live in August, the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star brought up the height difference between himself and his guest. McElhenney – who averages 5ft 9, according to Celeb Heights – mentioned a time they stood side by side as they unfolded a picture to show what he was talking about: “It seems I’m small. The truth is, I’m not small, it’s that you’re a mutant… you’re very, very tall.”
“You know, so I’m a big guy. I’m just not a mutant,” McElhenney continued while defending himself. In response, Reynolds admitted what he thought of McElhenney’s height when they were introduced, saying, “I was completely surprised when we first met.”
As for how tall Reynolds actually is, he stands at an impressive 6-foot-2, according to Celeb Heights. While that’s definitely tall, the actor is far from the only star to reach that particular height. In fact, according to Men’s Health, Tom Hiddleston, Jay-Z and Shawn Mendes are all 6-foot-2, as is Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson, Idris Elba, Rainn Wilson and Jim Carrey. Not to mention Reynolds’ wife, Blake Lively, who is not quite as tall but is above average.
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are a big celebrity couple
Ryan Reynolds is a Hollywood star who’s also undeniably a big person, and the same goes for his equally famous wife, Blake Lively. The ‘A Simple Favor’ actor is 5ft 8.5 tall, according to Celeb Heights. That’s more than four inches taller than the average height of a woman in the United States, which is 5ft 4, according to Medical News Today. Of course it could be even bigger. She could be 5-foot-10, as Access Hollywood notes. Whatever Lively’s exact height, the fact that she is tall made her look for a man who is just as tall.
“I always love someone who makes me laugh, who I have fun with,” Lively told the outlet in June 2012. There’s no doubt that Reynolds and Lively are a hilarious duo that definitely know how to banter with each other in glamour . When it came to her preference for being with a taller partner rather than someone who might not be that tall, she explained, “I really love high heels, so sometimes it becomes an issue. I just feel huge…”
That chat came just months before Lively married Reynolds during a ceremony in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina in September of that year, according to People. Considering these two have been married for over 10 years now, it certainly seems like they are a perfect match, both in size and otherwise.