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Blake Lively on Ryan Reynolds: I’ve ‘Never Known Anything Like the Friendship That I Had With Him’

Lifelong partners! Blake Lively got personal when talking about her husband, Ryan Reynolds, in a new interview and revealed how she knew she wanted to marry him.

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“I knew he would always be my best friend for my whole life,” she said of the Deadpool actor, 39, in Marie Claire’s July issue. “That was the biggest thing for me. I’d never known anything like the friendship that I had with him. I could like him as much as I loved him.”

Although the 28-year-old actress has plenty of projects going on, including the upcoming release of her shark-infested thriller The Shallows, she emphasized that family is No. 1. “All my eggs are in one basket, and that’s my family. That’s where my heart is,” she said. “That’s where my everything is.”

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds attend the 2016 amfAR New York Gala Feb. 10, 2016.

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The A-list couple are already parents of 18-month-old daughter James, and Lively is now pregnant with their second child. While their baby girl is rarely seen in public, Lively said James “looked like [Reynolds’] doppelgänger for the first six months.” Now, she’s starting to look more like her mom. “She has my clammy hands,” the L’Oréal Paris spokeswoman joked. “And my heavy eyelids, my meaty eyelids.”

Even though paparazzi follow their every move, Lively is trying to give James and her sibling-to-be a regular life. “I’d rather not have to deal with it at all, but we knew the lifestyle we were getting into, and while it’s hard … it’s another thing when it’s our child,” she told the magazine. “She didn’t have the opportunity to make a decision about what she wants.”

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“Ryan had a nice, normal upbringing, and we want our kids to have the same normal life that we had,” she continued. “We don’t ever want to rob them of what we had, because we’d feel really selfish.”

Us Weekly exclusively broke the news in April that Lively and Reynolds, who married in September 2012, are expecting their second child. She showcased her bump in several body-hugging dresses on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival last month. 

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