Finding love has been hard in 2020, with a global pandemic and many people never leaving their houses and all – but then again, when hasn’t finding a match been kind of difficult?
Ryan Reynolds’ new Match commercial touches on just this issue – and shows how, when it’s meant to be, love will indeed find a way.
It also subtly highlights a critical mistake many single people make when looking for the one. (Yes, this especially applies when online dating during a pandemic).
Ryan Reynolds stars in Match.com ad
The commercial follows a woman named 2-0-2-0 (get it?) who finds herself matching with a guy who goes by the name of Satan.
Satan is true to folklore, red and mean-looking with big horns, presiding over hell (nothing at all like the fetching Lucifer character on Netflix), but that doesn’t stop him from wanting love. He matches with 2-0-2-0 and discovers it’s a mutual match.
“The feelings are mutual, so what are you waiting for?” his app reads.
The devil himself was able to find someone
The first date goes like many others. They meet under a bridge, introduce themselves and stroll off. The video continues with a montage of dates they have throughout the year, enjoying empty theaters and football stadiums as they lead the rest of the world towards a shutdown.
Of course, their dates are against the backdrop of the world around them being a mess, from stealing toilet paper to watching movies in an empty theater, but they are still in their idea of a perfect love story.
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While this video is undeniably funny – it’s also exhibitive of a really important truth that all of us should remember in our own dating lives.
If you think there is nobody out there for you, or if you think that because we’re in the middle of a pandemic there is no chance, you are sabotaging your own chances of finding someone from the get-go.
Love is out there, and the perfect person for you is out there (cause if Satan himself can find love in this ad, you sure can despite your perceived shortcomings and imperfections) if you are willing to believe it.
If you want love, don’t make excuses, and don’t deny yourself the chance to find it. You deserve that opportunity.
The important takeaway from this funny video is not that Satan and 2020 are one in the same (though that is debatable), but that no matter what your life circumstances are, you should never stop believing in yourself and in the possibility of meeting someone.
Ryan Reynolds is one of the sexiest men alive and an actor who has starred in movies from comedies (Van Wilder) to dramas (Fireflies in the Garden) and everything in between.
He’s also known as Detective Pikachu and the funniest superhero since X-Men Origins: Wolverine was released; as the saucy Deadpool, he never fails to make people laugh.
But before becoming one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors, Reynolds earned a living just like everyone else, working in warehouses or taking late shifts at a grocery store. The money he was getting as a young actor wasn’t enough to support himself so he needed some extra cash.
He also has an amazing relationship with his wife Blake Lively but when it comes to his children, Ryan is the perfect father. He got so good at changing diapers that now he can even do it while the kids are running.
Reynolds is either “too deep” or makes fun of everything, no matter how serious the topic is. He’s a great entertainer onscreen and on social media, as his fans on Twitter can testify.
Here are 25 Ryan Reynolds quotes that are both smart and hilarious
I don’t expect success. I prepare for it.
I don’t personally believe that villains exist. Villains are just a way of saying that somebody has an opposing conviction.
Laughing can serve you in dark moments and even help you crawl your way back out.
Sometimes it’s just enough to keep your body moving. I get depressed if I don’t move.
Acting has given me a way to channel my angst. 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. I feel very lucky.
I’m teaching my daughter that the sun goes down each night because it’s mad at her. Probably gonna write a book on parenting at some point.
When you have expectations, you are setting yourself up for disappointment.
I firmly believe that you can’t manufacture chemistry with anyone, let alone a kid.
We might be too proud to admit it as guys, but we still need to learn how to manage responsibility, how to face our challenges.
I’d walk through fire for my daughter. Well not FIRE, because it’s dangerous. But a super humid room. But not too humid, because my hair.
Any kind of crisis can be good. It wakes you up.
I never took acting classes, but I knew I could do it based on the skill with which I lied to my parents on a regular basis.
I think you have to let go of this idea that you can be precious about everything, and let it be the abstract mess that it is.
I used to say to [Blake], ‘I would take a bullet for you. I could never love anything as much as I love you.’ And the second I looked in that baby’s eyes, I knew in that exact moment that if we were ever under attack, I would use my wife as a human shield to protect that baby.
I think every relationship is going to go through a few rough patches. Those are what make it stronger, I think.
I figure if you’re going to jump off a cliff, you might as well fly.
I’m going to admit when I’m clueless, and I’m going to ask people for help when I don’t know the answer to something.
I’ll look for the joke in things so that I don’t look for the sadness and the grief.
I have a discipline that has served me very well in my career and in my personal life… and that’s gotten stronger as I’ve gotten older. I’ve always felt if I don’t just have a natural knack for it, I will just out-discipline the competition if I have to — work harder than anybody else.
I can’t tell the difference between meditation and silent inner shrieking.
You wake up in the middle of the night, you got a big stupid smile on your face. I was telling someone else that anything else that woke you up every 45 minutes, you’d kill it. But when it’s a baby, it’s the best thing that ever happened to you.
People have their complexities. They have their heroic moments and their villainous moments, too.
I learned discipline from my father. Not in terms of corporal punishment, but being determined in whatever you do, and sticking with it.
There are so few surprises left in life. We’ve gotten so addicted to knowing. It’s the Google generation. We want the answer to everything right now!
I think we can all use a little more patience. I get a little impatient sometimes and I wish I didn’t.
Many say the only good thing to come out of the box office flop Green Lantern is the storybook romance of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds.
But this young Hollywood power couple didn’t fall madly in love on set and heat up the tabloids only to fizzle out. Yes, they did meet on set. But Lively and Reynolds became close buddies before anything, their friendship deepening with each passing day.
Why Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are a true power couple
Keeping their romance on the lowdown from the start, the hilarious duo did their best to escape the public eye.
Lively often flew up to Reynolds’ hometown of Vancouver, spending time with the Deadpool star and his family. She would whip up desserts at home for the both of them to enjoy far from prying eyes.
As for their wedding, barely any images were made public. Although Lively and Reynolds enjoy what is probably the funniest celebrity husband and wife social media relationship online, their jokes are all about making each other laugh, but no real details are ever revealed.
Fiercely protective of their family’s privacy, the two live on a farmhouse estate 90 minutes outside of New York. There, the two best friends turn their phones off, disconnect from the movie and celebrity industry and try to live a normal married life. “Ryan had a nice, normal upbringing, and we want our kids to have the same normal life we had. We don’t ever want to rob them of what we had,” Lively told Marie Claire in 2016.
As for Reynolds, he’s adamant about what strong and steady values working regular jobs and living like everyone else gave him. For Reynolds, life experience beats wealth and fame any day. The couple’s shared values of privacy, humor and bringing out the best in others form a steady base for their blossoming family. Being best friends who want “a litter” of children, as Blake once joked, does nothing but strengthen their bond.
All the times they inspired us with their love
Blake and Ryan never miss a chance to heckle each other. It only takes a quick glance at either of their social media accounts to find countless jabs, jokes and sarcastic remarks. Whether the joke is about Reynolds’ subpar baking skills or using the other as a human shield, the forever-in-love duo is always on the lookout for a good laugh.
In fact, these two are known to use their humor to dispel rumors. When tabloids ran with a made-up story about their impending divorce, Reynolds was quick to quip about how that would be wonderful, since he could use some “me time.”
On Reynolds’ first Father’s Day, Lively congratulated him by questioning her daughter’s paternity, only to take jabs at her husband later about how he looks more smitten with co-star Helen Mirren than herself. What’s a fictitious tabloid story when you have nothing but trust for your spouse?
Besides, humor was always a cornerstone of their friendship, and they were close friends long before they started dating. Back when Green Lantern was still in production, both were involved in serious relationships with other people. Even after Reynolds’ divorce from Scarlett Johansson and Lively’s split from Leonardo DiCaprio, the two remained friends, often hanging out, always laughing and constantly trying to find suitable dates for each other, the other’s happiness always on their mind.
As they later revealed, when they did finally cross into “more than friends” territory, the Hollywood sweethearts shared a picture-perfect moment in a deserted TriBeCa restaurant. Reynolds asked Lively to dance and midway through the song, they knew there was something more. He walked her home and, in less than a year, they were married in a private ceremony put together by none other than DIY goddess Martha Stewart.
Blake and Ryan’s biggest relationship takeaways
During their nuptials, Lively burned her wedding dress with sparklers, something that upset her for a long time. But then Reynolds did something remarkable, yet simple, by putting the incident in different perspective. That burnt spot on the wedding dress was a reminder of how wonderful their ceremony was and how magical Florence and The Machine’s performance made the celebration. Right then and there, that burned spot became Lively’s favorite part of her dress.
And that unshakeable optimism always helps Lively deal with frustration and disappointments, helping her navigate life with more ease. As for Reynolds, he credits his wife with helping him mend his fraught relationship with his father, giving him understanding and precious time before his passing.
For Reynolds – who’s struggled with anxiety for his entire life, Lively’s kindness towards others and understanding of the bigger picture have a steadying effect. After all, the best part of a relationship is having someone to lean on in difficult times – someone who makes you a better person every day.
However, the Deadpool star took things one step further recently, comforting one fan through his break-up. Twitter user Josiah Thieman reached out to the actor on social media, telling him the story of how his girlfriend broke up with him because of… well Deadpool himself.
@VancityReynolds Deadpool 2 came out on my birthday and my girlfriend at the time saw it without me than broke up with me. I thought it would be the ultimate birthday gift but it turned out to be a disaster. 🙁 I love you.
If you haven’t seen the second installment of the blockbuster yet, don’t worry, we won’t spoil anything. But just to give some context, Wilson aka Deadpool, deals with some pretty messed-up relationship issues in the movie, so of course at one point Deadpool turns to the camera and tells women to break up with their boyfriends.
As it turns out, Thieman’s girlfriend took that piece of commentary to heart, breaking up with him, something Thieman did not expect. But Reynolds was there for the rescue, apologizing to the newly-single Thieman. Even better, Reynolds asked him if they are “Still friends?”, starting a bromance for the ages.
There’s a scene in the film where Deadpool tells your girlfriend to break up with you. I didn’t think she’d take it seriously. I’m so sorry. Still friends? https://t.co/M6nGFipl3j
Reynolds’ outreach made a world of difference to Thieman, telling MensHealth.com he had no expectations of Reynolds noticing his tweet: “Him even responding to my tweet made my day.”
But Reynolds’ acknowledgement of his pain and apology for an event that in the end had nothing to do with Hollywood star helped lift his spirits to no end. “Him saying sorry and then jokingly asking ‘Still friends?’ made my heart warm and gave me some hope,” he told the same source.
Of course, Josiah Thieman was more than happy to accept Reynolds’ words of comfort and online offer of friendship.
The heartwarming exchange led to an outpouring of support towards Thieman from the Twitterverse, something that will surely help him mend his broken heart. After all, reaching out to others, whether friends or strangers, can have life-changing and sometimes even life-saving effects. As for Reynolds, the A-lister proved yet again how strong one small, random act of kindness can be.
Whether he’s portraying the quick-witted Deadpool on the big screen or entertaining the Twitterverse by savagely trolling his wife Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds seems like a cool, confident guy.
But behind those charming, effortlessly laid-back vibes, Reynolds is battling the same type of mental illness as 40 million adults in the United States: an anxiety disorder.
“I have anxiety, I’ve always had anxiety,” Reynolds told The New York Times. “Both in the lighthearted ‘I’m anxious about this’ kind of thing, and I’ve been to the depths of the darker end of the spectrum, which is not fun.”
He told the reporter who interviewed him that he still gets nauseous before every talk show appearance, and the build-up before interviews with journalists makes him jittery.
How Ryan Reynolds manages his anxiety
So how does he manage to deal with it and, you know, actually face the situations he dreads?
First, he uses humor, a self-defense mechanism he developed as a kid, growing up in an environment made volatile by the mood swings of his father.
He also likes to do a lot of his Deadpool promotional interviews in character, as putting himself in the shoes of the superhero allows him to relax. “When the curtain opens, I turn on this knucklehead, and he kind of takes over and goes away again once I walk off set,” he said.
And if you’re not an actor and can’t really apply this advice to real life, know that Reynolds also uses one surprisingly relatable and accessible method to manage his anxiety symptoms: the Headspace meditation app.
Overcoming self-sabotage and toxic coping mechanisms
But he didn’t always manage his anxiety in the most healthy way. Now 41, the actor struggled with toxic coping mechanisms in his early 20s, a period of time he called his “unhinged phase.”
“I was partying and just trying to make myself vanish in some way,” he said, sharing that he frequently woke up in the middle of the night, feeling paralyzed with anxiety about the future. Self-medication was his answer, but he moved away from his partying lifestyle when a few of his friends passed away from overdoses.