Before Ryan Reynolds was the hot A-Lister married to Blake Lively, he was a regular ol’ hot guy trying to get his foot in the hypothetical Hollywood door. And boy, how far he’s come. From playing a douche on Sabrina The Teenage Witch (trivia alert!) to full-fledged leading guy in a rom-com status, here’s a stroll down birthday boy Ryan Reynolds memory lane. Happy 37th, dude!
In 1990, Ryan starred on a sitcom you’ve probably never heard of called “Fifteen,” not be confused with the Taylor Swift song of the same name. What a cutie.
But then later, but still before he got his big break (more on that later), Ryan was like other young actors who guest-starred on a bunch of random TV shows before hitting it big. There was that time he played Melissa Joan Hart‘s douchey date on Sabrina the Teenage Witch:
And let’s not forget he was one of the stars of the three-season long sitcom Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place. He got a solid 81 episodes in of that show before it got cancelled in 2001.
But then, in 2002, Van Wilder happened. Ryan’s big break! He got to play a perpetual college kid slash “party liason” in one of the best frat comedies the world has ever seen. That Sugarcult song playing in the trailer makes it so perfectly 2002.
But still, Ryan wasn’t too famous for the small screen. He landed a few more guest stints on shows like Scrubs:
And even had a leading (voice acting role) on the cartoon, Zeroman, for two years:
But then! Wait! Just Friends happened in 2006, when the world was finally like “Oh, cute, I could get used to this Ryan guy that isn’t Gosling.” He’s even a hottie as a fatty.
But we can all agree that Ryan’s best movie ever is Definitely, Maybe, right? Maybe it was because ladies died when they saw him as a single dad with a tweenage daughter. Not confirmed though.
I also love Adventureland, though, where he played a douchey boss hooking up with a much-younger-than-him Kristen Stewart:
And let’s end on a high note with what was probably his most famous film—The Proposal from 2009. Thanks, Sandra Bullock, for getting him to take his shirt off.
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