Hollywood has a whole host of bromances: Andy Cohen and John Mayer, Channing Tatum and Jason Momoa, Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Rock and Adam Sadler, and now we can add Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney. The two funny men have become friends and are now business partners, all slipping into each other’s DMs.
Reynolds has had a career in Hollywood that has spanned three decades. Per IMDb, he has an acting resume dating back to the early ’90s, and he’s been making the world laugh ever since. Between films like ‘Red Notice,’ ‘Deadpool,’ and ‘Van Wilder,’ the Canadian kidder has had quite the trajectory when it comes to entertainment, and is worth an estimated $150 million per Celebrity Net Worth. McElhenney, on the other hand, rose to fame as the creator, producer, and sometimes director of the fan-favorite comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. McElhenny also stars in the pitch-dark sitcom about a South Philly bar, starring Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson, Charlie Day and comedy legend Danny Devito.
They may have taken different paths into Hollywood, but now the two are close friends. How exactly did the two become friends?
They first connected over a drink
Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have a lot in common and have been vocal about their mutual admiration. They’re both budding Hollywood legends, have supportive partners (McElhenny married fellow Always Sunny actress Kaitlen Olsen, and Reynolds has been married to former Gossip Girl star Blake Lively since 2012), and both love a good drink. Aside from film and television, Reynold also dabbles in other ventures like liquor, which helped the two funny men bond.
The ‘Red Notice’ actor revealed that he actually DMed the ‘Mythic Quest’ actor and that’s how they met. Reynolds admitted he was a “fanboy” at heart and “couldn’t reach” after watching an episode of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. In an interview with Men’s Health in April 2021, McElhenney added that he and wife Kaitlin Olson were drinking tequila in Mexico when he received the surprising text.
“I remember getting a DM from Ryan and he was like, ‘Stop drinking that shit. I’ll send you a case of Aviation Gin.’ And I said, ‘Oh, okay, that sounds good. I drink anything,'” McElhenney shared. “Then Ryan said, ‘Oh, by the way, I’m a big fan of yours.’ And I said, ‘Obviously I’m a big fan of yours.’ And we just became text buddies.” Both comedians on their own, so we can only imagine what a friendship these two have.
Now they are co-owners of a British football team
Just when you thought you couldn’t adore Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney anymore, just wait. The funny men also bond with their partners who are just as hilarious as they are.
Reynolds and Blake Lively met on the set of the 2010 film Green Lantern, while McElhenney met the leading lady of his life while filming It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The comedic couples certainly know a thing or two when it comes to keeping their partners on their toes while having fun.
Speaking of surprises, Reynolds and McElhenney recently bought a British football team and made a documentary series about the entire experience. Thank God that her partners support her creative endeavors. According to FX, “Welcome to Wrexham” illuminates the ups and downs of Welsh Association Football Club as they brave the odds as underdogs. It’s a real Ted Lasso story!
In an interview with Men’s Health in April 2021, the “Free Guy” actor admitted he’s “comfortable sharing power” and feels the two have a nice partnership given their “vulnerability” to one another be able. Neither Reynolds nor McElhenney has any experience in this field (literally) or in collaborating, but they have set their sights on the adventure and their wives are “supporting” the journey.