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Creator / Ryan Gosling

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"All my characters are me. I'm not a good enough actor to become a character. I hear about actors who become the role and I think 'I wonder what that feels like.' Because for me, they're all me."

Ryan Thomas Gosling (born November 12, 1980) is a Canadian actor.

He got his start as a Mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club in the early '90s before doing several other TV shows. His first major role was as one of the leads in 2004's The Notebook, which established him as a heartthrob. Over the next few years, he drew critical acclaim for his turns as the lead characters in both the offbeat comedy Lars and the Real Girl and the inner-city drama Half Nelson (which got him an Academy Award nomination). Since then, Gosling has established himself firmly as a powerful dramatic actor, with special mention going to his nameless lead character in the action drama Drive (2011) as well as his performance as the similarly stoic protagonist K in Blade Runner 2049.

He's become something of a Fountain of Memes over the years, being well-known on the Internet for the Feminist Ryan Gosling meme, where someone takes a picture of the man and adds (often pseudo-) feminist text that begins with "Hey girl." note  While he's avoided saying anything too specific about the meme, he's allowed the book of it to use his likeness, and honestly, his silence is a bit telling. He, or more accurately his most famously stoic characters such as the Driver and K, have become the faces of the "Literally me" sigma male memes popularized in the early 2020's, and his role as Ken in Barbie is a whole other entity of its own.

He has lived with and been in a relationship with Eva Mendes since 2011, and they have two daughters.

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Tropes that apply to him:

  • Dyeing for Your Art: He bleached his hair, lost 10 kilos and got a tan to play Ken in Barbie (2023). His hair was still mostly white-blond during the promo tour for The Gray Man due to it overlapping with production of Barbie
  • Fake American: He's Canadian but most of his roles thus far have had him play Americans.
  • Meme Acknowledgment: He knows about and enjoys the Vines of him not eating cereal. When the creator of said Vines passed away from cancer, Gosling paid tribute by filming himself finally eating a bowl.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Has a huge female fanbase due to him frequently playing very strikingly good-looking men with gratuitous shirtless scenes, and he's good-looking enough to even have certain men question their sexuality over him. His role in Barbie is a parody and deconstruction of this.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Was famously seen smirking during the infamous La La Land/Moonlight debacle at the Oscars, which many fans were quick to notice.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Usually has a small smirk in real life.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Has a notably high-pitched scream heard in a good chunk of his movies, one that can be especially jarring to hear given his deep, smooth voice. This even becomes a Running Gag in the comedy film The Nice Guys.
  • The Stoic: Although he can be as expressive as the role calls for, he's often cast as this, with his most iconic roles of this type being in Drive (2011) and Blade Runner 2049; and he's not precisely loud himself.
  • Those Two Actors: With Emma Stone, they've shared the screen in three movies, always as Love Interests. Stone also put in a cameo when he hosted Saturday Night Live.
  • Tranquil Fury: He's a master at getting across explosive rage with barely any changes in his facial expression and without raising his voice.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • He was invited to audition for the Backstreet Boys by bandmember AJ McLean, a personal friend of his. Gosling initially turned him down, as he wanted to focus on his acting career rather than joining what he thought would just be a New Kids on the Block ripoff that would never go anywhere. He later changed his mind and called McLean to say he was interested, but it went to the answering machine and McLean never called him back. It's probably safe to say Gosling has gotten over his disappointment by now.
    • He was approached for the role of the Joker in Suicide Squad before Jared Leto was cast. However, he turned down the offer due to the multi-picture deal the studio was requiring.
    • He had discussions with Marvel Studios for the part of Stephen Strange in Doctor Strange before the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch.
    • He was originally cast as Jack Salmon in The Lovely Bones, but dropped out of the project a day before shooting began.
    • He was also rumoured to be in consideration for the Beast/the Prince in the live action Beauty and the Beast.