Monday, July 02, 2012

Male On Monday: Ryan Reynolds

Harlequin Presents Author Kate Hewitt on why Ryan Reynolds inspires.

I have to 'fess up right now that I've only seen Ryan Reynolds in one film, and it's The Proposal, which I loved. So really this blog is about his character Andrew Paxton rather than the man himself, although I'll get to that...

For those of you who haven't seen it, The Proposal is about a pushy boss played by Sandra Bullock who pressures her assistant (Reynolds) into pretending to be her fiancé and while acting like they're in love they fall into the real thing. Does this sound familiar? I've certainly read this plot in many wonderful category romances! However, in the movie, the sexes are reversed which is fantastic.

What I really love about The Proposal is how people-pleasing beta Andrew summons his inner alpha when it comes to dealing with his boss--and that's exactly what she needs! Early in the movie he makes her get on her knees to ask him to marry him, which she does--reluctantly. Of course, he's not just all about the public humiliation--later in the movie he dives off a boat and rescues her. He is a true alpha!

This idea inspired my hero Ben Jackson in my July release Santina's Scandalous Princess. Ben isn't a beta because this is, after all, a Harlequin Presents, but he thinks of himself as an easygoing kind of guy until he has to work with Princess Natalia. Natalia bothers him in all sorts of ways and even though he thinks she only annoys him she actually helps him step up and be the alpha he was always meant to be.

So now for the bit about Reynolds. He was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1976 and had his first role in a Canadian teen soap called Hillside, followed by a string of supporting roles in various films. If you haven't seen him in The Proposal, you might have caught him in X-Men: Wolverine or The Green Lantern.

In his personal life, Reynolds has been engaged to the singer Alanis Morrissette and married to actress Scarlett Johansson, but he is currently dating Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively. And you can see his appeal to the ladies--he's been named one of People's Sexiest Men Alive in 2008, 2009--and awarded the number one spot in 2010.

So... back to the character of Andrew Paxton! Do you like when a hero channels his inner alpha? Or would you prefer a beta guy or an alpha through and through?

Happy reading,


To learn more about Kate Hewitt and her books including Santina's Scandalous Princess visit her website.


  1. I like an alpha guy who when called for can be all tender and nurturing and beta. Or vise versa ;-]

  2. Yes, every alpha needs a bit of beta in him and every beta needs a bit of alpha. It's having the right balance that is the challenge!