Saving lives, one ugly sweater at a time. Ryan Reynolds helps raise nearly $1 million dollars to benefit the SickKids Foundation with the help of a now-viral ugly sweater campaign.
Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds is putting his public profile to good use, raising close to $1 million dollars for the SickKids Foundation, which benefits Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, by way of an ugly sweater campaign. Reynolds had a busy 2021, starring in Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, Free Guy, and Red Notice. However, the star announced late last year he’ll be taking a break from acting for a time.
Reynolds’ charity campaign has an unlikely origin story. The idea was born out of a prank played on the star by Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. In 2018, the two convinced Reynolds a function he was attending was an ugly sweater party. The resulting Instagram photo, which went somewhat viral, shows Jackman and Gyllenhaal laughing in street clothes as Reynolds stands between them, downtrodden and wearing a ridiculous red and green sweater adorned with a gold bow. “These f*cking a**holes said it was a sweater party,” the photo’s caption read. But now it seems Reynolds is getting the last laugh as he’s parlayed that joke, and that hideous sweater, into a benevolent cause.