Inside Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman’s 17-Year Friendship

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Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, Steve Martin and Martin Short…there are certain celeb duos that come to mind instantly when thinking of BFFs in Hollywood, but there’s one iconic pairing that’s quickly becoming our favourite in 2024.

By no means a ‘new’ friendship, Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman’s decades-spanning relationship is front and centre this year as the pair gear up to release Deadpool & Wolverine

Are Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds friends?

Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds have been close friends for almost two decades, starring in movies together, staging fake feuds on social media, attending sporting games and now even sharing joint interviews. 
Ahead of the pair’s upcoming film, Deadpool & Wolverine, they sat down with PEOPLE to share insight into their close friendship.
Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds Friendship
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“We rely on each other for the real kind of advice that you want,” Ryan, 47, told the publication. 

“I think the secret sauce to a long-lasting Hollywood friendship is not too dissimilar to having a partner or a marriage,” he continued. “I am genuinely rooting for you, all the time. I want you to win. It’s the same way I feel about Blake. As I’m rooting for her, I know she’s rooting for me, and it’s why we’re so connected.”

“There’s probably fewer friends in our life that you can say anything to, the stuff you’re ashamed, embarrassed, anything,” Jackman, 55, added.

“And ever since I’ve known you, and I would say in particular in like the last five, 10 years, we’ve had more time where we go for our walks because you’re an unbelievable listener. So you can tell me anything and I can tell you anything, and I don’t feel like you’re going to be judging or necessarily giving me the answer: ‘Do this.’ And I think that has been the key.”

Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds Friendship
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The Hollywood actors met in 2008 while filming X-Men Origins: Wolverine in Australia – a project that was one of Ryan’s biggest career roles at that point. 

During the People interview, Ryan reflected on his first day on set, sharing that he was “nervous as hell” and “feeling really green and kind of out of my depth,” but a small act of kindness from Hugh, made him feel at home. 

“Just the fact that you knew my name meant so much to me,” he told Hugh. “And you came over, you gave me a big hug and you said, ‘Welcome aboard.’”

Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds Friendship
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Deadpool & wolverine, the third film in the Deadpool franchise and spin-off from the original X-Men series is set to premiere in Australian cinemas on July 25. 

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