Born on February 29, 1936, Arlene's first (legal) taste of alcohol was arranged by none other than the hilarious Ryan Reynolds and his liquor brand, Aviation Gin.
Arlene Manko has been alive for 84 years. In this time, she got married, raised seven kids, and had what you could call a full life. Well, almost. You see, technically Arlene just turned 21 this Saturday. Which means, after over eight decades of waiting, Arlene is now finally of legal drinking age and boy, did she ring the occasion in spectacular fashion. Born on February 29, 1936, Arlene's first (legal) taste of alcohol was arranged by none other than the hilarious Ryan Reynolds and his liquor brand, Aviation Gin.
In honor of the momentous occasion, Arlene was given the opportunity to star in a hilarious new Aviation Gin ad which might just be the greatest ode to Leap Day babies everywhere. The ad—infused with Reynolds' signature brand of humor—features the birthday girl sharing her life story and explaining the hardship of not being able to legally drink throughout adulthood. The video begins with Reynolds introducing the star of the ad as such: "This is Arlene Manko. She was born February 29, 1936—a Leap Day, which means she has a birthday once every four years."
"I was technically 5-years-old when I got married," Arlene reveals. "30,679 days, I've waited to turn 21. I had seven kids in 10 years, do you think sometimes I didn't want a drink?" Although she believes in following the rules, she admits in the video that she's no angel. "Following the rules and doing what you're told was important to me because that's what I was taught. You don't get in trouble when you do what you're told," she proclaims in the ad. "But I'm not an angel," she over footage of her showing her ID to cashiers while attempting to purchase alcohol— at times in disguise.
"That's okay. I'm ready to party," Arlene states. And party she did. "We wanted her first legal drink to be Aviation Gin," Reynolds' voice proclaims as Arlene takes her first legal sip of alcohol. Going by her reaction, she wasn't disappointed. "Holy Moses!" the birthday girl approved. Happy birthday, Arlene!
As it turns out, Arlene isn't the only Leap Day-born 21-year-old who's getting a special birthday present from Reynolds and Aviation Gin. Speaking to USA Today, a spokesperson for the brand said, "Aviation Gin is honoring anyone else born on Feb. 29, 1936, who has had to patiently wait all these years to finally ring in their 21st birthday. Those of legal leap year drinking age can email Reynolds at Ryan@aviationgin.com for a gift card to an online spirits retailer."
Since being released on the eve of Arlene's birthday, the Aviation Gin ad has won the hearts of netizens across the world who are now completely in love with the newest member of the 21-year-old club. While many sharing their own Leap Day birthday/anniversary stories, soon the internet came to one undisputed conclusion: Ryan Reynolds has done it yet again. Since starting the company 2 years ago, the Deadpool star has undeniably changed the advertising game with his impeccable sense of humor. Remember the time he got the infamous "Peloton wife" to star in one of his ads? Genius! Only time will tell what new gems he'll come up with and we can hardly wait.
"Ignore her; she's been drinking"— ʷᵒⁿ'ᵗ ˢᵘʳᵛⁱᵛᵉ ᶠᵉᵇ ²⁸ᵗʰ (@alwaysueroda) February 28, 2020
Aviation Gin has some of the best ads I've ever seen xD pic.twitter.com/7yHHbpatsJ
FINALLY. Happy advance bday! pic.twitter.com/P3Ltyk40Rs— Jayden Marvel (@GemBiscuits) February 28, 2020
This is actually my daughter’s grandmother.— dawn renee (@SteelCityDawn) February 28, 2020
Ar is the kindest most loving woman I have ever met.
My daughter Courtney took her to LA to film this for @VancityReynolds & @AviationGin
Here they are on the set.
Happy Birthday, Ar! pic.twitter.com/l4EwE8wLMj
🙋♀️I’m a leap year baaaaby! 29th February 1984. I had my first baby at 8. I’m VERY mature for my age.#HappyLeapDay— Selena Love (@selenaLove) February 28, 2020
that ending skjdskdsk same energy as this pic.twitter.com/WTYEjPj4ru— Krojacica Sudbine (@MonaLisa_1797) February 28, 2020
Captain Excellent has done it AGIN! pic.twitter.com/kCRzQGNySE— Matt Casey (@MattaTron1000) February 28, 2020
My grandfather was born February 29th 1920, tomorrow would have been his 25th birthday! pic.twitter.com/bjgwr1UyPN— Timothy Colombo (@TimothyColombo) February 28, 2020