Over the years Vancouver Is Awesome has become a bit of an expert for local Ryan Reynolds news.
We've put together a Ryan Reynolds guide to Vancouver, including film set locations, his favourite restaurant and local businesses, and even his childhood home address. We're not stalkers, promise!
The actor has filmed a few movies around the city, including his latest, The Adam Project. See for yourself where scenes were filmed at the the Jack Poole Plaza and Vancouver Convention Centre, The Blarney Stone, and H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.
The superhero world also includes parts of Vancouver in the Deadpool movies (Reynolds was struck in a hit and run by a paparazzi while filming in the city).
When he's in town, you might find him at his favourite Vancouver restaurant, which he's name-dropped in multiple interviews. Reynolds admitted that at one point he and wife Blake Lively had visited Minerva's three times in one week.
He had also signed 100 bottles of Aviation Gin which were dispersed across five B.C. liquor stores, including three in Vancouver. They're all sold now, but you can still stop by the Alberni and Bute, Park Royal, or 39th and Cambie locations and lament in knowing that you could've had an autographed bottle of gin.
Growing up in Vancouver, though, means he's been around a lot more than a few local movie sets.
The actor had also spent a lot of his teenage years at Benny's Bagels which was near his high school, Kitsilano Secondary School (he attended Prince of Wales Secondary School for a grade). The bagel shop, however, is no longer at that location. He even surprised the graduating class of 2020 at Kitsilano Secondary School with a free large pizza from Nat's New York Pizzeria after delivering a virtual commencement speech.
He would also take the wrong bus to school, just to see his crush (which he dare not speak to), as he admitted on The Graham Norton Show. Though he doesn't say which route, it may have been the 14, 2, 4, 9 or 99-B line bus routes.
After graduating high school, Reynolds attended Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where he started an improv group called "Yellow Snow" which ended after he dropped out and moved to L.A.
According to Reynolds' LinkedIn profile, he worked as a forklift driver at Safeway– the one on West King Edward and Oak streets. He even bagged Sarah McLachlan's groceries.
Going further back, his first job was as a paperboy for the Vancouver Sun newspaper, delivering newspapers in his neighbourhood (he even has a painting of the good ol' days), which comes full circle since he first appeared in the news at age three.
“This is Ryan Reynolds, 3, and he’s enjoying the water at Kits Community Centre wading pool. Ryan lives at 2382 Oliver Cr. This playground and others have supervised programs for tots and kids in summer,” reads the caption on the newspaper clipping, below a black and white photo of the Vancouver celebrity (prefame).
Though he doesn't live there anymore, you can see for yourself his childhood home! Just don't bother those living in it.