Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively ‘deeply and unreservedly sorry’ for wedding at plantation
Actor Ryan Reynolds says he and his wife Blake Lively will “always be deeply and unreservedly sorry” for holding their wedding at a former plantation in South Carolina.
Reynolds discussed his “shame” over the 2012 wedding at Boone Hall in Charleston County in an interview posted by Fast Company Tuesday.
“It’s something we’ll always be deeply and unreservedly sorry for,” he said. “It’s impossible to reconcile. What we saw at the time was a wedding venue on Pinterest. What we saw after was a place built upon devastating tragedy.”
The “Deadpool” actor said a “mistake like that can either cause you to shut down or it can reframe things and move you into action.”
The couple donated $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in May as the Black Lives Matter movement grew in prominence following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody.
Last year, the couple reportedly donated $1 million to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, according to Fast Company.
Fast Company reported Reynolds is hesitant to discuss his social justice efforts “because he worries that white celebrities too often drown out nonwhite voices, even if that’s not their intention.”
But the couple spoke up in a statement on Instagram in May after criticism of their wedding location, saying they were “ashamed that in the past we’ve allowed ourselves to be uninformed about how deeply rooted systemic racism is.”
Reynolds told Fast Company that his production company and marketing agency Maximum Effort is working on hiring a diverse workforce and ensuring employees experience equity in the firm.
“Representation and diversity need to be completely immersive,” he said. “Like, it needs to be embedded at the root of storytelling, and that’s in both marketing and Hollywood. When you add perspective and insight that isn’t your own, you grow. And you grow your company, too.”