Ryan Reynolds is speaking up about his 2012 marriage to Blake Lively. Specifically, the actor is apologizing after taking heat for tying the knot on a South Carolina plantation. Of course, plantations have a connection to slavery. In the case of their venue, apparently, the history of the property is particularly harsh.
In a new interview, Reynolds says the wedding is something he and his wife will “always be deeply and unreservedly sorry for.” But he adds that he's hoping that a “giant mistake like that” can be taken as an opportunity to “move you into action,” even if the flub is “impossible to reconcile.”
“What we saw at the time was a wedding venue on Pinterest. What we saw after was a place built upon devastating tragedy," he adds. "Years ago we got married again at home – but shame works in weird ways."
As for the going forward...Reynolds and Lively appear to be on the job. "A giant f--king mistake like that can either cause you to shut down or it can reframe things and move you into action," Reynolds notes. "It doesn't mean you won't f--k up again. But repatterning and challenging lifelong social conditioning is a job that doesn't end." What's mean for the couple? With society's growing interest in racial equality, the couple has not only donated $1-million to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Reynolds has launched The Group Effort Initiative. Its mission? "To bring more Black, Indigenous, people of color or people from marginalized and excluded communities” into the film industry.