Betty White Says Robert Redford Is Still ‘The One,’ And Ryan Reynolds ‘Can’t Get Over’ Her

by Maggie Schneider
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“Golden Girls” star Betty White talks about her crush on Robert Redford. She also wonders if Ryan Reynolds will ever get over his crush.

Betty White is a laugh riot. When the “Golden Girl” is not making us laugh in her roles, she is doing so in real life. In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, White wonders if her co-star Ryan Reynolds has gotten over his crush yet.

It has been over two decades since Betty White and Ryan Reynolds were in the film The Proposal. They did not have an on-screen romance, of course. Reynolds played opposite Sandra Bullock in the 2009 rom-com, making Betty White the role of his grandmother.

According to the story, Reynolds has “carried on the joke that his onscreen grandmother is his ‘ex-girlfriend.‘” Betty White gets in on the fun.

“I’ve heard Ryan can’t get over his thing for me,” she says, “but Robert Redford is The One.”

Sorry, Ryan. Betty’s love for Robert Redford is just too strong. The almost 100-year old actress says that the actor is on the top of her bucket list.

“But it never works. I try every year,” she says to Parade. Although Redford himself claims to have left a voicemail for White, she thought it was a prank. Actress Wendy Malick says she was there when he left the message.

“Betty, what can I do? I call, I write, you don’t come. I’ve tried to see you,” Malick remembers him saying over the phone.

Nonetheless, The actress says she would be too nervous to meet her crush in person.

“I don’t ever want to meet him,” she says to Access Hollywood Live. “I would be so embarrassed. I’ve taken his name in vain so many times.”

What can we say? Betty White is a catch.

Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock on Betty White

In the newest issue of People Magazine, Ryan Reynolds sings Betty White’s praises. A fan of her work, the 45-year old actor has admired White for a long time.

“I heard that scripts for Golden Girls were only 35 pages, which makes sense because so many of the laughs come from Betty simply looking at her castmates,” Reynolds says. He jokingly calls White “a typical Capricorn. Sleeps all day. Out all night boozing and snacking on men.”

Sandra Bullock talks about White’s impressive comedic timing. Calling the actress “a loving, decent, optimistic, inclusive, hilarious human being,” she admires her humor on and off-screen.

“Timing isn’t easy in comedy, because you have to navigate other people’s timing. Betty pivots like I have never seen, making it look seamless,” she says. “The rest of us just remain silent and pray we’re not cut out of the scene.”

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