Ryan Reynolds Reveals the Life Lessons from 'Friend' Michael J. Fox He's Teaching 9-Year-Old Daughter James

The actor shares his four kids with wife Blake Lively

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and two of their kids
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and two of their kids

Ryan Reynolds is teaching his daughters about the magic of his friend Michael J. Fox.

The Deadpool actor, 47, wrote a tribute to Michael J. Fox for TIME as the actor was included in the magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People, sharing that he's been able to use Fox's work to teach a few life lessons to his older daughter James, now 9.

"Last year I watched Back to the Future with my 8-year-old daughter. It's become her favorite film," Reynolds wrote. "And for now, that's enough for me — and for her. One more kid from one more generation sees what I saw."

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<p>Emma McIntyre/Getty</p> Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

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"I know how lucky I am to call Mike a friend. She still has no idea I know him. I don't need to teach my daughter the level of compassion Mike has mastered. Or teach her to tell stories the way Mike tells stories."

"I need to teach her that it's OK to fall a lot. It's the absolute best way to know you're flying," the dad of four added.

Reynolds shares his daughters James, 9, Inez, 7, Betty, 4, and another baby whose name and sex have not yet been revealed, with wife Blake Lively, 36.

In October, the actor got candid with PEOPLE about how he approaches conversations about mental health with his kids.

<p>Noam Galai/Getty Images</p> Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds in 2022

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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds in 2022

“I think it’s more about talking to them about everything,” the actor told PEOPLE at the Bring Change to Mind Revels & Revelations 11 event in New York City. “It’s genuine when I say I take a huge interest in their days and how things are going.”

He also opened up to PEOPLE about how he and Lively stress the importance of “self-awareness” to their four kids and shared details of their daily routines.

“For me, the best time of my day is walking them to school and walking them back,” he said to PEOPLE at the event. “I think as parents, we are so much better equipped to handle the rigors of childhood through our kids now than when I was a kid."

"It’s just totally different now. People are much more self-aware. And that’s the thing we sort of hang our hat on the most is self-awareness with our kids. Not be happy, not be anything, just be self-aware and welcome everything in.”

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