Ryan Reynolds reveals his baby’s name on TODAY
By Ree Hines
It’s been almost three months since Ryan Reynolds and wife Blake Lively welcomed their first child. But in all that time, the private parents haven’t shared their baby girl’s name publicly — until now.
TODAY’s Willie Geist recently sat down with Reynolds to talk about the actor’s film, “Woman in Gold,” and the new dad opened up about the once-top-secret topic
“You did say a few months ago, before she was born, that you were going to name her Excalibur Anaconda Reynolds,” Geist mentioned in a portion of that chat that aired Friday morning. “So can we call her Anna at least — short for Anaconda?”
“That is not the child’s name,” Reynolds deadpanned. “It’s Butternut Summersquash.”
What a lovely … joke!
“It’s James,” the proud papa said on a more serious note. “Everyone knows.”
Yes, while James (along with Violet and a few other lovely baby names) was widely rumored to be Reynolds’ and Lively’s pick, it’s now confirmed.
“I didn’t want to be the first guy screaming it out to the media,” Reynolds explained. “Because as we know, little girls turn into teenage girls and little teenage girls sometimes scan through the archives and go, ‘Why did you do that?'”
Now there’s a dad who’s thinking ahead.
So now we can finally — officially — wish little James a warm welcome to the world.Some may think of James as a traditionally masculine name, but it’s actually long been used for both boys and girls — just a bit more frequently for the former. Of course a gender-neutral name seems fitting for the daughter of two stars with equally flexible first names.
Catch Geist’s full interview with Reynolds Wednesday, April 1, on TODAY. And see more from Reynolds that same day, as “Woman in Gold” opens in theaters nationwide.
The official “Self/less” trailer is here! In theaters 31 July 2015.
Save the date! Ryan Reynolds is visiting The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon!
On Monday, March 2nd, 11:35/10:35c on NBC. More information here.
Ann donated scans of the April 2015 issues of Empire Magazine and Total Film, thanks again! ♥
The gallery has been updated with a bunch of UHQ “The Voices” pictures. Once again, thanks to my friend Ann who donated these!
I feel pretty dramatic right now, but Ryan is following Ryan Reynolds Overdose on Twitter! Which I am so excited about that I had to tell every person I could find and make as many screen shots as possible. As you know this site celebrated its 7th anniversary two weeks ago, I saw Ryan at the “Woman in gold” premiere last week and this week Ryan’s finger slipped and he is now following RR Overdose on Twitter! So many milestones for this site within a few weeks, wow!
Speaking of “Woman in gold” and “wow”. I finally added a few premiere pictures to the gallery. I didn’t take many pictures since my phone couldn’t handle my sweaty fingers, but you can find the better ones here:
 “Woman In Gold” World Premiere in Berlin – 9 Feb 2015
Ryan got his own biographical treatment in the Fame comic series in 2011. I treasured this issue for years, and I finally get to share it with you. Unfortunately my scanner broke, so I had to take regular pictures. Make sure to get your own issue. Fame is available on Amazon for $2.31!