Ryan Reynolds: 'People Can Unravel' in the Spotlight

10:57 AM PST 08/03/2011 by THR staff
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"To vanish, to have everyday life experiences, it informs your work, it informs everything," the "Change-Up" star said in a new interview.

In some respects, The Change-Up star Ryan Reynolds is mysterious.

The actor rarely speaks about his private life (much less the tabloids), but Reynolds -- who got more exposure after starring in ABC comedy Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place for several seasons -- has figured out the key to maintaining his privacy.

"That's the thing I learned early on: No matter how preposterous it is, I don't say a word, ever," the actor told USA Today about the tabloids. "If you start doing it, you have to do it every time. I let it do its thing and watch it come and go. I'm pretty good at not looking at anything."

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To his credit, the Canadian actor has never publicly talked about his relationship -- and subsequent divorce -- from actress Scarlett Johansson.

"Lately I've been working a lot," he says when asked about the lack of spotlight on him in between projects. "I've been in Africa shooting for five months."

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He adds, "I also think it's important. I don't think you need to be in the spotlight that much. The spotlight can be a very stressful place to be. People can unravel."

Reynolds counted the importance of living as normal a life as possible because, in his mind, it better informs your work. "To vanish, to have everyday regular life experiences, it informs your work, it informs everything. It allows you to sustain this a lot longer. ... If you're not cultivating other aspects of your personality, you can be screwed very quickly."

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