The top 20 facts to know about the true talent, that is Ryan Gosling.
He’s Got Dance Moves
Ryan was born in London, Ontario, Canada.
When he was younger, Gosling was featured on a Canadian Star Search show and won the competition, with his incredible dancing skills.
He also once danced at a Mormon talent show in 1991, with his sister Mandi.
He Was Mickey Mouse Club Member
From 1993-1995, Ryan was a part of the Mickey Mouse Club. But he wasn’t the only celebrity in the club!
Ryan was joined by Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, and Keri Russell.
His Past Includes ‘Young Hercules’
When Ryan was a teenager, in the mid-late 90s, he moved from Canada to Los Angeles, to star in the teen series, ‘Young Hercules’.
In an interview with Jake Hamilton, Ryan said that out of all of the work he’s done, this is the role that many people do not know enough about. “I had a fake tan, leather pants, I was fighting imaginary monsters… they weren’t really there… but I was acting like they were there.”
He Could’ve Been A Backstreet Boy
Ryan was once offered the chance to join the Backstreet Boys!
However, Ryan turned them down because he thought they were a “New Kids On The Block rip-off.”
He Dated Sandra Bullock
After meeting on the set of ‘Murder By Numbers’, Ryan dated Sandra Bullock from 2002-2003.
But when it came down to the reason why they broke up, he mentioned that it was because of show business and schedules.
He Invested In A Moroccan Restaurant
Ryan invested his money and opened up the Moroccan restaurant, Tagine, with friend Chris Angulo and Chef Ben.
A while back, Ryan tried Chef Ben’s Moroccan food and Ryan said, “This is the food I want to eat for the rest of my life!”
And after realizing there weren’t any restaurants in Los Angeles with this type of food, Chef Ben, Chris Angulo, and Ryan Gosling opened up Tagine in 2004.
He Was Told He Was “Not Good Looking”
The reason why Ryan Gosling was even cast in the 2004 movie, ‘The Notebook’, was because of his looks. But not in a positive way.
After his audition, the director chose Ryan because he thought that Ryan was not good looking, compared to other actors in Hollywood.
The director also mentioned that Gosling looked “a bit nuts.”
He Had To Change His Entire Appearance For ‘The Notebook’
Believe it or not, ‘The Notebook’ was actually filmed in reverse order.
This was done to give time so Ryan could lose at least 20 pounds and shave his beard, in order to give him that younger look for the first half of the movie.
He also had to hide his breathtaking blue eyes, and wear brown colored contacts, to match up with his older-self in the movie.
He Really Prepared For ‘The Notebook’
To prepare for the movie, ‘The Notebook’, Ryan lived in Charleston, South Carolina.
For two months, the actor built furniture and rowed on the river nearby.
He Dated Rachel McAdams
After meeting on the set of ‘The Notebook’, the two co-stars reconnected in New York. They then dated one another from 2005-2007.
Then the couple broke up and briefly got back together, in 2008, but ultimately ended the relationship, again. And this time, it was ended for good.
He Got A ‘Real Job’ At A Deli Shop
Ryan once worked in a Deli, making sandwiches.
He felt like he had to have a real job after ‘The Notebook’ skyrocketed in popularity.
Back in 2010, Gosling said: “People in Hollywood have meals. They go to Pilates. But it’s not enough. So they get into substances. If everybody had a pile of rocks in their backyard and spent every day moving them from one side of the yard to the other, it would be a much happier place.”
In 2007, Ryan and his friend Zach Shields started their own rock duo called Dead Man’s Bones.
Their first album was released in October 2009 and consists of songs in the indie/gothic rock genre.
He Lived In A Tent For A Couple Of Months
Back in 2007, Ryan lived ‘off the grid’ for 2 months to prepare for his role in the movie ‘Fracture’.
He literally lived in a tent in the woods!
As expected, this made communication extremely difficult for the producer of the movie.
He Was “Too Fat” For ‘The Lovely Bones’ Movie
For the 2009 movie, ‘The Lovely Bones’, Ryan was fired from the job because he gained too much weight.
When he was originally cast for the role, Ryan weighed 150 pounds.
By the time Gosling showed up to the set, he weighed 210 pounds.
The director, Peter Jackson, did not approve of the weight, by saying to Gosling, “You look terrible. Go hit the treadmill!”
He Built A Car For The Movie ‘Drive’
Ryan starred in the 2011 drama, ‘Drive’ and built the car he drove, in the movie.
In an interview with the director of ‘Drive’, Nicolas Winding, he said: “Ryan wanted to build his own car. So the car, the Malibu, the old grey car he drives around, he built himself. He took it apart and put it back together.”
He Botched His Own Tattoo
In 2011, Ryan revealed in an interview, that he gave himself his own tattoo, on the side of his left arm.
“One of my tattoos is supposed to be a monster’s hand dropping a bloody heart. But…I did it myself with a tattoo kit, so it looks like a cactus.”
He Started A Life With Eva Mendes
Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling met while on set for the movie ‘The Place Beyond The Pines’.
While being with Eva Mendes since 2011, Ryan is also the father of their two daughters: Esmeralda Amada Gosling and Amada Lee Gosling.
Esmeralda was born in 2014 and Amada was born in 2016.
While Gosling seems to be a family man, it’s a rare occasion that he and his family are on public outings. Gosling and Mendes want to make sure that their daughters are safe from the industry, which is why they don’t post on social media about their personal lives, unlike other celebrities.
He Thinks Show Business Can Ruin A Relationship
In a past interview, before Ryan was with Eva, he talked about how Sandra Bullock and Rachel McAdams were good girlfriends.
“I had two of the greatest girlfriends of all time. I haven’t met anybody who could top them. Show business is the bad guy. When both people are in show business it’s too much show business. It takes all of the light, so nothing else can grow…”
His reasoning for this may be the real reason why he and his partner, Eva Mendes, are rarely spotted together at events. But that seems to be working great for them!
He Played The Piano Daily For ‘La La Land’ Movie
For the 2016 film ‘La La Land’, Ryan had to play the piano for many hours every day, for 6 months.
And he admitted to ABC News that he wasn’t even sick of playing the music.
“I think it’s a testament to how good it is.”
He Got Punched In The Face By Harrison Ford
Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford have been spending quality time together at press events for their anticipated movie ‘Blade Runner 2049’.
In interviews for the movie, Gosling has been sharing the story of the ‘accidental punch’ on set.
Gosling told GQ about how Harrison Ford ended up punching him in the face.
“We were just doing a fight scene and, you know, it just happened. But what was funny was, when it was over, they brought ice for my face, and Harrison pushed me out of the way and stuck his fist in the ice. As soon as it happened, the director came up to me and said, ‘Look at it this way—you just got hit by Indiana Jones.’ “