Sunday 9 December 2018

Rex Ryan: 'I'm so happy being married... that's coming from someone who said a year ago that they never would'

Rex Ryan got married to Miglé, originally from Lithuania, last month. Photo: Frank McGrath.
Rex Ryan got married to Miglé, originally from Lithuania, last month. Photo: Frank McGrath.
Rex Ryan. Photo: Frank McGrath.
Rex Ryan and sisters Bonnie, Babette and Lottie
Rex pictured with his mum Morah and clan Elliott, Babette, Bonnie and Lottie
Rex Ryan says his parents got him into acting because he was a hyperactive kid with too much energy. Photo Damien Eagers
Rex Ryan
Rex Ryan as Hamlet (right) and Killian Coyle as Horatio in AC Productions’ staging of William Shakespeare's play.
Rex Ryan in Edinburgh. Photo: Colin Hattersley
Ryan Tubridy and Rex Ryan at RTE Radio 1

Maggie Armstrong

Rex Ryan, the actor son of the late legendary broadcaster Gerry Ryan, has spoken of his happiness after getting married this summer.

Ryan is the recently appointed artistic director of Glass Mask, the new theatre company he runs with his friend and fellow actor Ruairí Heading.

He got married in May to Miglé Ryan (nee Jasiene). Originally from Lithuania, she also works with Glass Mask.

The couple were married in a small ceremony in a registry office, with few family present, but are planning a barbecue for their families and friends this August.

"It was lovely. It was a very special day," he says in an interview with Weekend.

"And from someone who said a year ago that they'd never get married, it was an uplifting thing to do it.

"I'm so happy. I'm so happy. I really am. You know. You're in love, aren't you? It's a great weight off your mind, that someone has said you're not psychotic! That you've been accepted."

When asked if he is also now a stepfather to Miglé's young daughter, he replies: "There is a little four-year-old, in my life, that I'm responsible for."

He also speaks of his relationship with his famous father.

"You know I always thought I was lucky to have a well-known father in Ireland. To me he was just that dude. We played with soldiers together and watched 'Saving Private Ryan' together. He cooked me steak. He was Dad. But people seemed to love him, and that uplifted me," he says.

Ryan says he is fiercely private. "I made a promise to myself not to talk… I just need one thing in my life that's sacred."

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Irish Independent

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