It has been almost eight years since Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively tied the knot. The 43-year-old actor looked back at their 2012 wedding in a new interview with Fast Company, opening up about his regrets having it at a former slave plantation in South Carolina – Boone Hall.
He said that it was “a giant f—king mistake” such as that can either cause you to reframe things and move you into action or shut you down.
Since then, Reynolds and Lively have focused on the fight against racial injustice. They made a $1 million donation to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, for instance, and in an Instagram post, spoke out about their commitment to change.
Reynolds and Lively explained in the post that they’ve been teaching their children differently than how their own parents previously taught them.
They also wrote about being committed to raising their children so that they’ll do their best never to inflict pain on another being unconsciously or consciously and so that they never grow up feeding this insane pattern.
The couple continued that it’s the least they can do to honor not just Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner and George Floyd, but also all the other Black men and women who have been killed when the camera was not rolling.
Additionally, they donated $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and shared how they stand in amazement of the organization and the Sherrilyn Ifill, its leader.
Lively and Reynolds went on saying that this is just the start, for they also pledge to stay educated and vote in every election – they want to know the positions of councilpersons, mayors, sheriffs and school board nominees and that they want to know their positions on justice. But mainly, the pair wants to use their platform and privilege to be an ally, and to play a part in easing the pain for the many people who feel as though this enormous experiment is failing them.
Then, they linked to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and called on their followers to take action, as well.
To help drive inclusion and diversity in the film industry, Reynolds also launched The Group Effort Initiative recently.
On the program’s website, Reynolds wrote that they’ll be bringing on between 10 and 20 trainees of all ages who are people of color, Black, Indigenous, or people from excluded and marginalized communities. These aforementioned new recruits will then be paid and housed out of his salary, and will spend their next few days on set learning from professionals and getting true-to-life experiences that they can eventually parlay into succeeding jobs and a career in the film industry, hopefully.- Advertisement -
In the wedding industry, several companies have been promoting change, too. Sites like The Knot and Pinterest in 2019 announced that they’re halting the promotion of content and venues romanticizing weddings at former slave plantations.
Check out Fast Company to read Reynolds’ full interview.