Hugh Jackman has given Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds his “blessing” to get married, femalefirst.co.uk reports.

The X-Men star, who admits he is “protective” of the 23-year-old actress after starring alongside her in Scoop and The Prestige, couldn’t think of a better match for Johansson.

“Ryan Reynolds is one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met,” he told Entertainment Tonight Canada. “And we had a really good chat about his girlfriend because I’m very fond of Scarlett.

“Both my wife Deborra-Lee Furness and I are very proprietary about Scarlett, but Ryan gets a big thumbs up from me! I’m giving my blessing — Ryan is phenomenal.”

Johansson has been dating the Definitely, Maybe star for around a year. It was recently reported she was moving into Ryan’s Los Angeles home even though her mother didn’t approve.