Ryan Reynolds says his friendship with Rob McElhenney got him through the stress of shooting the new 'Deadpool': 'He's covered and cared for me in ways I can't fully comprehend'

Rob McElhenney, Ryan Reynolds in 2022
Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds are business partners, costars, and friends.Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images
  • Rob McElhenney helped support Ryan Reynolds through one of the most stressful times in his life.

  • Reynolds says McElhenney took on more Wrexham responsibilities while he was working on the new "Deadpool."

  • "I'm lucky to call him my friend," the Marvel star told Business Insider.

Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney aren't just business partners and costars on "Welcome to Wrexham," the FX docuseries that chronicles the pair buying a down-on-its-luck Welsh football club and turning it into a success. They're also good friends — and according to Reynolds, McElhenney helped him through a particularly stressful time in his life.

In a recent interview for Business Insider's digital cover story on McElhenney, Reynolds reflected on how the last few years have been "the most stressful and all-consuming" of his life, between working on the third "Deadpool" movie, managing his many business ventures, and also being a cochairman of the Wrexham football club.

"It swallows my life whole," the actor says of making a "Deadpool" movie. Reynolds cowrote, produced, and stars in the latest, "Deadpool & Wolverine," alongside Hugh Jackman's Wolverine. "It becomes an all-hours, all-consuming, time-murdering obsession that needs to be born, raised, and sent to college in the span of 24 months."

Reynolds credits McElhenney with helping him balance his priorities, all while still allowing him to make time for his family, including his wife, Blake Lively, and their four kids.

"Over the last couple years, Rob has covered for me and cared for me in ways I can't fully comprehend," Reynolds tells BI. "He's helped me find space to see my family despite needing me in Wrexham."

Wrexham co-owners Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds celebrate with the trophy following promotion to the EFL following the Vanarama National League match at The Racecourse Ground, Wrexham on Saturday April 22, 2023.
Wrexham coowners Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds celebrate Wrexham's promotion.Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images

Reynolds also noted it's not lost on him that McElhenney is juggling a lot, too — in addition to their shared Wrexham responsibilities, McElhenney also formed a new company, More Better Industries, that has a production arm, a creative consultancy, and an investment arm. That's not to mention his starring role on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," the beloved FX comedy he created that's heading into its 17th season.

"Rob is running multiple businesses, making sure he's a present husband and dad, starring in approximately 42 television shows and somehow, some way, maintaining remarkably even skin," Reynolds jokes.

The duo's friendship, which originally started over DMs about four years ago, is something Reynolds cherishes.

"I fucking love the guy. Now and always," he says of McElhenney. "I'm lucky to know him. I'm lucky to work with him. I'm lucky to call him my friend."

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