Ryan Phillippe showed his amazing abs, arms, and shoulders on the May cover of Men's Health. The MacGruber star is making the press rounds before his film's release and the conversation ranged from the professional to the personal. He talked about his love for working out and his new diet after discovering a gluten allergy, and he continued to discuss his divorce from Reese Witherspoon. Ryan said:
- On getting over his divorce: "I still have sadness and complicated feelings about my divorce. But how beneficial is it to keep hanging onto those feelings? If someone lives through an accident, his aim is to become better and healthy. My aim is always to progress — to make better decisions and be a better father, a better boyfriend, a better husband if it happens again, a better friend, a better actor. My goals are to improve in all areas of life."
- On his love for working out: "I like feeling strong. I want to throw my kids up in the air and wrestle them. Working out has become about functionality. I want my head clearer, I want to relieve the stress, and I want to feel capable and strong."
- On cooking for Ava and Deacon: "There's something about the kids knowing the parent is making the food for them with love. It's worth it to me to do that extra work whenever possible, because I see the benefit it has. My kids think I'm an amazing cook, and that's all that matters."
To see what Ryan says about getting older but not wiser, working with Clint Eastwood, and his time as a soap star just
- On getting older but not wiser: "I thought the more experience you had, the more certain you would be about life. But I'm finding the opposite, man. I'm more in wonder and confusion than I was in my 20s."
- On playing a gay teen on a soap when he was younger: "I would worry, What will the people at school think? And they fully shunned me in a lot of ways. But it ended up being an incredible experience and such a time of growth for me."
- On being inspired by his Flags of Our Fathers director, Clint Eastwood: "He's in the latter part of his experience on the planet, and he's still growing. He's open to new ideas and he's changing the way he sees things. It's something I want to encourage in myself: Don't close off."