Ryan Reynolds proved he’s an IRL superhero by actually saving his nephew’s life

He might play a superhero in Deadpool (although a rather alternative one), and now Ryan Reynolds has shown he’s a hero in real life, too. The actor, along with his partner Blake Lively, is taking part in an initiative to promote CPR classes for parents, and shared his story about saving his nephew’s life in a heartfelt Instagram post.

"Years ago, I took a CPR course thru the Red Cross," Reynolds wrote. "And holy shit, I ended up saving my nephew's life because I knew what to do! True story!"

Continuing, he went on to explain that he had been taking part in a refresher course “focusing on infant and toddler CPR.”

“It takes only a few hours and it’s also kinda, sorta fun. Thank you to Dan from Viva First Aid for the lesson,” he revealed, before adding some of his signature humor: “And thank you to these two helpful yet lifeless dolls whose vacant ocular cavities will haunt me until end times.”

Blake Lively, too, decided to share her enthusiasm for learning infant and toddler CPR. The couple have two children together, 2-year-old daughter James, and 9-month-old daughter Ines.

“ALL MAMAS AND DADDIES OUT THERE — I can’t recommend this enough, I took a CPR class with with a focus on babies and toddlers,” Lively wrote, before encouraging parents to go and Google search their local classes.

“For those of you who haven’t done it, you will love it. It’s so helpful by giving you knowledge, tools, and some peace of mind,” she added.

Recently, Reynolds opened up about how his relationship with Lively made him become “the father of [his] dreams.”

Speaking to Elle, the actor said that Lively helped him overcome his insecurities about becoming a parent.

“Instincts will come to you at the weirdest places and times,” he said. “But yeah, early on, I thought, Am I going to be a good father? But I’m so much more patient than I ever imagined. I can comb a doll’s hair for six hours and suddenly remember to blink.”

We love that Ryan and Blake are using their platforms to help raise awareness and advocate for parents to learn CPR. As Reynolds’s story shows, this can save lives.

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