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Ryan Phillippe thought his parents would ‘disown him’ for starring in 90s classic Cruel Intentions

Ryan Phillippe thought his parents would ‘disown him’ for starring in Cruel Intentions (Picture: Allstar/Cinetext/COLUMBIA)

Ryan Phillippe revealed that, back when he was in his early twenties, he honestly thought his parents would ‘disown him’ for starring in Cruel Intentions.

The actor, now 46, starred in Cruel Intentions – now considered as a classic from the late 90s – as Sebastian Valmont, who makes a bet with his step-sister to sleep with the headmaster’s daughter.

Spoiler alert: Things get complicated when he actually ends up falling in love with her.

Ryan stared in the movie, released in 1999, alongside his ex-wife Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair. He actually married actress Reese just three months after filming wrapped on Cruel Intentions.

Speaking about the movie to Barstool Sports’ KFC Radio, Ryan, who is now starring in series Big Sky, confessed that his parents were really religious and thought his role as Sebastian was pretty scandalous.

‘I thought my parents were going to disown me,’ Ryan said, as he revealed they were left unhappy over him being cast. ‘I’d grown up going to Baptist school, Christian school and stuff.’

He joked that his parents were ‘already out of the picture’ by the time he got around to filming Cruel Intentions, as they had already ‘shunned’ him for playing a gay teenager in One Life to Live in 1992.

‘My first tole ever, though, coming out of Christian school when I was a senior in high school, I played the first gay character on a soap opera – the first gay teenager ever,’ he explained.

‘I was shunned at the point, so [my parents] were already out of the picture,’ he joked. ‘This was 1992 and I was playing a gay teenager and I was in a Christian school… they weren’t happy about it.’

Ryan played Sebastian Valmont in Cruel Intentions (Picture: Rex)

He went on to marry co-star Reese Witherspoon(Picture: Allstar/Cinetext/COLUMBIA)

As for him, Ryan revealed he is chuffed that Cruel Intentions is a film that can still ‘hold up’ with a new generation watching today.

He said of the movie: ‘A lot of times you take a movie from a specific point in time that is supposed to connect to a younger crowd and it just stays. This movie somehow finds new fans all the time.’

Ryan and his Cruel Intentions co-star Reese went on to have two children together, daughter Ava, now 21, and son Deacon, 17.

They were married for seven years before announcing their split in 2006 and their divorce being finalised two years later in 2008.

Ryan is also dad to daughter Kai, nine, who he shares with ex Alexis Knapp. Reese, meanwhile, is now married to husband Jim Toth and the couple share son Tennessee, eight.


Credit: Original article published here.

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