But fans noticed the tribute was missing one major thing: the actor’s signature trolling, which he usually employs for his posts about Lively. Instead, the “Deadpool” star chose sincerity over silliness.
“The only thing irrevocably mine in the world is the love and appreciation and awe I feel for this person,” Reynolds wrote, alongside a carousel of photos of ― and with ― Lively, who turned 36 on Aug. 25.
“Witnessing her life is something I couldn’t take for granted if I tried,” he added. “And believe me, I try. Happy Birthday, @blakelively. You hung the damn moon.”
Commenters expressed their astonishment over Reynolds’ genuine caption.
“What’s going on?? it’s actually a non-unhinged bday post!” one fan wrote, while another quipped, “Wow, a genuine birthday post. the world is dying.”
“Kept waiting for the classic-Ryan jokiness but this is actually so sweet and heart-warming,” another commenter added.
Singer Richard Marx wrote, “Wow. You left her face in every photo. That’s some serious love,” alluding to the couple’s penchant for cropping each other out of their Instagram posts.
This marks the second year in a row that Reynolds has written a nice tribute to Lively for her big day.
Previously, he stuck with his usual script of excluding her from photos, or wishing a happy birthday to country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, who shares a birthday with Lively:
Just want to wish Billy Ray Cyrus the most special, magical birthday ever. I love you with all my heart. Also, Happy Birthday to my wife.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 25, 2016
Reynolds is set to celebrate his 47th birthday on Oct. 23, so we’ll have to wait to see if Lively goes the authentic route for her husband, or sticks with something a little goofier.