TIME’s annual roundup of the most influential public figures went live today, and with it 100 new star-studded essays about its honorees.
In the short piece, Mirren compares the Deadpool star to the leading men of Old Hollywood.
“Can the name be real?” she asks. “It is such a perfect movie-star name, like something that could be on a ’40s marquee. How fitting, then, that Ryan Reynolds has the same loose-limbed charm as Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart. He’s the Everyman, but somehow with more of everything: wit, elegance, looks and general hunkiness.”
Mirren continued to sing Reynolds’s praises throughout the article, describing the actor as “rumpled, kind, committed and generous, especially to women.”
“He likes [women] in the most simple, direct, unadorned way: for their humanity. (How very appropriate that he is the father of two girls.) He has a natural wit, which he often turns on himself, and he can balance his private and public life with great dexterity. He is open and generous, but never inappropriate.”
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The talented actress concluded with a simple but heartfelt postscript, writing, “P.S. The name is real, like everything else about Ryan.”
Read the full TIME 100 essay here.