About Ryan Gosling
Ryan Thomas Gosling is a Canadian actor and musician born November 12, 1980 . He began his career as a child star on the Disney Channel’s The Mickey Mouse Club (1993–95) and went on to appear in other family entertainment programs including Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1995) and Goosebumps (1996). His first starring film role was as a Jewish neo-Nazi in The Believer (2001), and he went on to star in several independent films, including Murder by Numbers (2002), The Slaughter Rule (2002), and The United States of Leland (2003). Ryan Thomas Gosling was born in London, Ontario, the son of Thomas Ray Gosling, a travelling salesman for a paper mill, and Donna, a secretary.
His father is of English, Scottish, and French Canadian descent; Ryan’s great-great-grandfather, George Edward Gosling, was born in Paddington, London, England. Gosling’s parents were Mormons, and Gosling has said that the religion influenced every aspect of their lives. However, he said he “never really could identify with.” Because of his father’s work, they “moved around a lot” and Gosling lived in both Cornwall, Ontario, and Burlington, Ontario. His parents divorced when he was 13, and he and his older sister Mandi lived with their mother, an experience Gosling has credited with programming him “to think like a girl”.
Gosling was educated at Gladstone Public School, Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School and Lester B. Pearson High School. As a child, he watched Dick Tracy and was inspired to become an actor. He “hated” being a child, was bullied in elementary school and had no friends until he was “14 or 15”. In grade one, having been heavily influenced by the action film First Blood, he took steak knives to school and threw them at other children during recess. This incident led to a suspension. He was unable to read and was evaluated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but was not diagnosed with it and, contrary to false reports, never took medication. His mother quit her job and homeschooled him for a year. Gosling has said that homeschooling gave him “a sense of autonomy that I’ve never really lost”. Gosling performed in front of audiences from an early age, encouraged by his sister being a performer.
He and his sister sang together at weddings; he performed with Elvis Perry, his uncle’s Elvis Presley tribute act, and was involved with a local ballet company. Performing boosted his self-confidence as it was the only thing he received praise for. He developed an idiosyncratic accent because, as a child, he thought having a Canadian accent did not sound “tough”. He began to model his accent on that of Marlon Brando. He dropped out of high school at the age of 17 to focus on his acting career.
Ryan Gosling Acting career
Child actor (1993–1999)
In 1993, at the age of 12, Gosling attended an open audition in Montreal for a revival of Disney Channel’s The Mickey Mouse Club. He was given a two-year contract as a musketeer and moved to Orlando, Florida. He appeared on-screen infrequently because other children were considered more talented. Nonetheless, he has described the job as the greatest two years of his life.His fellow cast members included Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera. Gosling has credited the experience with instilling in them “this great sense of focus.” He became particularly close friends with Timberlake and they lived together for six months during the second year of the show. Timberlake’s mother became Gosling’s legal guardian after his mother returned to Canada for work reasons.
Gosling has said that, even though he and Timberlake are no longer in touch, they are still supportive of each other. Following the show’s cancellation in 1995, Gosling returned to Canada and continued to appear in family entertainment television series including Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1995), Goosebumps (1996) and starred in Breaker High (1997–98) as Sean Hanlon. At the age of 18, he moved to New Zealand to film the Fox Kids adventure series Young Hercules (1998–99) as the title character. In 2002, he told the Vancouver Sun that he initially enjoyed working on the show, but began to care too much about the series, so it was no longer fun for him. He wanted to spend more time sitting with and devising a character as well as play a variety of roles, so he chose to enter film and not accept any more television work.
Move to independent film (2000–2003)
Gosling decided to move into “serious acting” at the age of nineteen. He was dropped by his agent and initially found it difficult to secure work because of the “stigma” attached to children’s television. After a supporting role in the football drama Remember the Titans, Gosling secured a lead role as a young Jewish neo-Nazi in 2001’s The Believer. Director Henry Bean said he cast Gosling because his Mormon upbringing helped him understand the isolation of Judaism. Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times praised an “electrifying and terrifyingly convincing” performance while Todd McCarthy of Variety felt his “dynamite performance” could “scarcely have been better”. The film later won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and Gosling has described it as “the film that kind of gift-wrapped for me the career that I have now.”Because of the controversial nature of the film, it was difficult to secure financial backing for a full theatrical release and the film was instead broadcast on Showtime. The film was a commercial failure, grossing just $416,925 worldwide from a production budget of $1.5 million.
Gosling co-starred in the psychological thriller Murder by Numbers with Sandra Bullock and Michael Pitt in 2002,where Gosling and Pitt portrayed a pair of high school seniors who believe they can commit the perfect murder. Bullock played the detective tasked with investigating the crime. Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly described him as “a phenomenal talent even in junk like this” while Todd McCarthy of Variety felt that the “strong and “charismatic” young actors were “let down by the screenplay”.The film was a minor commercial success, grossing $56 million worldwide from a production budget of $50 million. His second screen appearance of 2002 was in The Slaughter Rule with David Morse which explores the relationship between a high school football player and his troubled coach in rural Montana. Gosling has said that the opportunity to work with Morse made him “a better actor”. Stephen Holden of The New York Times described Gosling as “major star material” with a “rawness and an intensity that recall the young Matt Dillon” while Manohla Dargis of the Los Angeles Times was won over by his “raw talent”.
The film was released in just three US theatres and grossed $13,411. In 2003, Gosling starred in The United States of Leland as a teenager imprisoned for the murder of a disabled boy. He was drawn to the role because it was unusual to find a character that was “emotionally disconnected for the whole film.” Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times felt that the “gifted actor does everything that can be done with Leland, but the character comes from a writer’s conceits, not from life.” A.O. Scott of The New York Times noted that he “struggles to rescue Leland from the clutches of cliché” while David Rooney of Variety felt that his “one-note, blankly disturbed act has none of the magnetic edge of his breakthrough work in The Believer”. The film grossed $343,847 in the United States and was not released overseas.
Ryan Gosling on The Notebook and Half Nelson (2004–2009)
Gosling won the attention of a mainstream audience in 2004 after starring opposite fellow Canadian Rachel McAdams in the romantic drama film The Notebook, a film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel of the same name, directed by Nick Cassavetes. Gosling portrayed Noah Calhoun and commented on the role: “It gave me an opportunity to play a character over a period of time – from 1940 to 1946 – that was quite profound and formative.” Gosling sought to imbue his character with “quiet strength” and was inspired by the performance of Sam Shepard in Days of Heaven. Shepard co-starred in The Notebook. Filming took place in Charleston, South Carolina, in late 2002 and early 2003. Although Gosling and McAdams became romantically involved in 2005, they had a combative relationship on the set. “We inspired the worst in each other,” Gosling has said. “It was a strange experience, making a love story and not getting along with your co-star in any way.”
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At one point, Gosling asked Cassavetes to “bring somebody else in for my off-camera shot” because he felt McAdams was uncooperative. The New York Times praised the “spontaneous and combustible” performances of the two leads and noted that, “against your better judgment, you root for the pair to beat the odds against them.” Desson Thomson of The Washington Post praised Gosling’s “beguiling unaffectedness” and noted that “it’s hard not to like these two or begrudge them a great love together”. The film grossed over $115 million worldwide.
Gosling appeared as a disturbed young art student in Stay in 2005, a psychological thriller film co-starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. In an uncomplimentary review of the film, Manohla Dargis of The New York Times said that Gosling “like his fans, deserves better.” Todd McCarthy of Variety felt that the “capable” McGregor and Gosling “deliver nothing new from what they’ve shown before”. The film grossed $8 million worldwide. Gosling was unfazed by the negative reaction: “I had a kid come up to me on the street, 10 years old, and he says, ‘Are you that guy from Stay? What the f— was that movie about?’ I think that’s great. I’m just as proud if someone says, ‘Hey, you made me sick in that movie,’ as if they say I made them cry.” Gosling next starred in 2006’s Half Nelson as a drug-addicted junior high school teacher who forms a bond with a young student.
To prepare for the role, Gosling moved to New York for one month before shooting began. He lived in a small apartment in Brooklyn and spent time shadowing an eighth grade teacher. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times described “a mesmerizing performance … that shows the kind of deep understanding of character few actors manage.” Ruthe Stein of the San Francisco Chronicle drew comparisons with Marlon Brando and declared that “nobody who cares about great acting will want to miss his performance”. Roger Ebert felt the performance “proves he’s one of the finest actors working in contemporary movies.” He was nominated for an Academy Award. The film grossed $4 million at the worldwide box office. Gosling was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2007.
Later Gosling played an introvert who falls in love with a sex doll in the 2007 film Lars and the Real Girl. He drew inspiration from James Stewart’s performance in Harvey. Roger Ebert felt “a film about a life-sized love doll” had been turned into “a life-affirming statement of hope” because of “a performance by Ryan Gosling that says things that cannot be said”. Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post described his performance as “a small miracle … because he changes and grows so imperceptibly before our eyes.” However, Manohla Dargis of The New York Times felt “the performance is a rare miscalculation in a mostly brilliant career.” He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. The film was a box office failure, failing to recoup its $12 million production budget. Gosling starred opposite Anthony Hopkins in the 2007 courtroom thriller Fracture.
Originally he turned down the role, but changed his mind when Hopkins signed on. Gosling noted that he was drawn to his character, Willie, because he had flaws and seemed like a real person. He spent time shadowing lawyers and observing courtroom proceedings in preparation for the role. Claudia Puig of USA Today declared that “watching a veteran like Hopkins verbally joust with one of the best young actors in Hollywood is worth the price of admission”. Manohla Dargis of The New York Times felt it was a treat to watch “the spectacle of that crafty scene stealer Anthony Hopkins mixing it up with that equally cunning screen nibbler Ryan Gosling … Each actor is playing a pulp type rather than a fully formed individual, but both fill in the blanks with an alchemical mix of professional and personal charisma.” The film grossed over $91 million worldwide.
Gosling was scheduled to begin filming The Lovely Bones in 2007. However, he left the production two days before filming began because of “creative differences” and was replaced by Mark Wahlberg. Gosling had been cast as the father of the murdered teenage girl and initially felt he was too young for the role. The director Peter Jackson and the producer Fran Walsh persuaded him that he could be aged with hair and make-up changes. Before shooting began, Gosling gained 60 pounds in weight and grew a beard to appear older. Walsh then “began to feel he was not right. It was our blindness, the desire to make it work no matter what.” Gosling later said, “We didn’t talk very much during the preproduction process, which was the problem … I just showed up on set, and I had gotten it wrong. Then I was fat and unemployed.” He has said the experience was “an important realisation for me: not to let your ego get involved. It’s OK to be too young for a role.”
Ryan Gosling Music career
In 2007, Gosling made a solo recording called “Put Me in the Car” available for download on the Internet. Also that year, Gosling and his friend Zach Shields formed the indie rock band Dead Man’s Bones. The two first met in 2005 when Gosling was dating Rachel McAdams and Shields was dating her sister, Kayleen. They initially conceived of the project as a monster-themed musical but settled on forming a band when they realized putting on a stage production would be too expensive. They recorded their self-titled debut album with the Silverlake Conservatory’s Children’s Choir and learned to play all the instruments themselves. Gosling contributed vocals, piano, guitar, bass guitar and cello to the record. The album was released through ANTI- Records on October 6, 2009. Pitchfork Media was won over by the “unique, catchy and lovably weird record” while Prefix felt the album was “rarely kitschy and never inappropriate”. However, Spin felt the album “doesn’t reverse the rule that actors make dubious pop musicians” and Entertainment Weekly criticized its “cloying, gothic preciousness”.
Gosling and Shields had a three-night residency at LA’s Bob Baker Marionette Theater where they performed alongside dancing neon skeletons and glowing ghosts in September 2009. They then conducted a thirteen-date tour of North America in October 2009, using a local children’s choir at every show. Instead of an opening act, a talent show was held each night. In September 2010, they performed at Los Angeles’ FYF Festival. In 2011, the actor spoke of his intentions to record a second Dead Man’s Bones album. No children’s choir will be featured on the follow-up album because “it’s not very rock ‘n’ roll”.
Ryan Gosling Charity work
The actor is supportive of various social causes. Gosling has worked with PETA on a campaign to encourage KFC and McDonald’s to use improved methods of chicken slaughter in their factories, and on a campaign encouraging dairy farmers to stop de-horning cows. Gosling volunteered in Biloxi, Mississippi in 2005, as part of the clean-up effort following Hurricane Katrina. He is a supporter of Invisible Children, Inc., a group that raises awareness about the LRA in Central Africa. In 2005, Gosling travelled to Darfur refugee camps in Chad. He was a speaker at Campus Progress’s National Conference in 2008 where he discussed Darfur. As part of his work with the Enough Project, he visited Uganda in 2007 and eastern Congo in 2010.
Ryan Gosling Personal life
Gosling previously resided in New York City with his mixed-breed dog, George. He co-owns Tagine, a Moroccan restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. He bought the restaurant on an impulse; he has said that he spent “all his money” on it, spent a year doing the renovation work himself, and now oversees the restaurant’s menus.
Gosling dated his Murder by Numbers co-star Sandra Bullock from 2002 to 2003.Gosling dated his co-star from The Notebook, fellow Canadian Rachel McAdams, from mid‑2005 to mid‑2007, and they briefly reunited in 2008. Gosling began dating his The Place Beyond the Pines co-star Eva Mendes in September 2011, . He has two daughters with Mendes, born in September 2014 and April 2016.
Ryan Gosling Movies
- Song To Song (Movie)
- The Big Short (Movie)
- Gangster Squad (Movie)
- The Place Beyond The Pines (Movie)
- Only God Forgives (Movie)
- Crazy, Stupid, Love. (Movie)
- The Ides Of March (Movie)
- All Good Things (Movie)
- Blue Valentine (Movie)
- Fracture (Movie)
- Lars And The Real Girl (Movie)
- Half Nelson (Movie)
- Stay (Movie)
- The Notebook (Movie)
- The Slaughter Rule (Movie)
- The United States Of Leland (Movie)
- Murder By Numbers (Movie)
- The Believer (Movie)
- Remember The Titans (Movie)
- Frankstein and Me