They're Hollywood's Barbie and Ken and they have great bonding, they love and have figured out a great way to enrich their love and raise their daughters with the right values under the demanding environment of movie-biz.
Here are some great quotes from various interviews that depict how they make it work:
"So do I know how to be the best parent for a daughter? No, I have no idea," she acknowledges. "All I can do is share what I’m thinking -- and learn from others. ... I do know that I have to watch her and listen to her and not project any of my own insecurities or struggles on her."
On Gender Bias in society:
"With my husband, I’m lucky to have someone who is so conscious," Lively says after pointing out how she's more aware these days of sexist descriptions in scripts. "My husband was like, 'Why do I always say he?' And I said, 'That’s what we’re taught.' So he'll pick up, like a caterpillar, and instead of saying, 'What’s his name?' he'll say, 'What’s her name?' Or we’ve joked that my daughter is bossy. But my husband said, 'I don't ever want to use that word again. You’ve never heard a man called bossy.'"
"There would never be any negative connotation for a man being a boss, so to add a negative connotation on a woman being bossy? It’s belittling," she adds. "And it doesn't encourage them to be a boss."
They never work at the same time:
Lively notes that the couple is always family first, even when it comes to their busy careers. "I admire people who find that what fulfills them is their art or their work, but what fulfills both me and my husband is our family," she notes. "Knowing that, everything else comes second. We've each given up stuff we loved in order to not work at the same time. I'm fortunate to be in a place now where I get to find the material -- a book or script -- early and develop it. So I know ahead of time that I’m going to be working on this job at this time. And we can plan around it."
Blake on Ryan:
"My husband and I are really shy people who express ourselves best when we're acting, when we're hiding as someone else," she notes. "So the fact that very shy people have to share that shy person with the world -- and are sometimes hurt by it -- it’s very weird emotionally. Anyway, champagne problems."
Ryan on Blake:
She always responds with empathy. She meets anger with empathy. She meets hate with empathy. She’ll take the time to imagine what happened to a person when they were 5 or 6 years old. And she’s made me a more empathetic person. I had a very fractured relationship with my father. Before he died, she made me remember things I didn't want to remember. She made me remember the good times."
"I'm not one for vomiting declarations of sentiment out across the airwaves, but when we had that baby, I fell more in love with my wife than I'd ever been in my entire life. I couldn't even believe it."