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Ryan Gosling –

Gosling in THE BIG SHORT.

About Ryan Gosling (1980 – )

Ryan Thomas Gosling was born in London, Ontario, to Donna and Thomas Ray Gosling. Gosling's parents were Mormons, and Gosling has said that the religion deeply influenced their lives. His parents divorced when he was thirteen, and he and his older sister lived with their mother, an experience Gosling says has helped him "to think like a girl".

Gosling was educated at Gladstone Public School, Lester B. Pearson High School, and Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School. As a child, he watched Dick Tracy and was inspired to become an actor. He remembers hating being a child, says he was bullied in elementary school and he had no friends until his mid-teens. In first grade, inspired by the movie First Blood, he took steak knives to school and threw them at other children during recess, which led to his being suspended. Serious difficulties with reading led to a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), for which he was prescribed Ritalin, and placed in a special-needs class. As a result of this his mother quit her job and homeschooled him for a year, an experience Gosling says gave him "a sense of autonomy that I've never really lost".

In 1993, at the age of twelve, Gosling attended an open audition in Montreal for a revival of Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club. He won a two-year contract as a Mouseketeer and moved to Orlando, Florida. He appeared on-screen less often than the other children, who were considered more talented. In spite of this, he calls the job the greatest two years of his life. Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera were among his fellow cast members. 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.

At age nineteen, Gosling decided to move into "serious acting", which resulted in his being dropped by his agent at the time, owing to the stigma of working as a performer in children's TV. But after a supporting role in the football drama Remember the Titans, Gosling won a lead role as a young Jewish neo-Nazi in 2001's The Believer. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and Gosling says the film "gift-wrapped for me the career that I have now."

In 2002, Gosling co-starred in the psychological thriller Murder by Numbers with Sandra Bullock and Michael Pitt, where Gosling and Pitt portrayed a pair of high school seniors who plan to commit the perfect murder. The film enjoyed minor commercial success. His second screen role that year came 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 first caught the attention of mainstream audiences in 2004 starring opposite Rachel McAdams in The Notebook. Commenting on his portrayal of Neil Calhoun he said: "It gave me an opportunity to play a character over a period of time – from 1940 to 1946 – that was quite profound and formative." Although Gosling and McAdams became romantically involved the next year, they had a tempestuous 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." 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."

In 2005, Gosling appeared as a disturbed young art student in Stay, a psychological thriller film co-starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. He next starred in 2006's Half Nelson as a drug-addicted junior high school teacher who bonds 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. In his review of Stay, Roger Ebert said Gosling's performance "proves he's one of the finest actors working in contemporary movies."

Gosling played an introvert who falls in love with a sex doll in the gentle comedic 2007 film Lars and the Real Girl. He drew inspiration from James Stewart's performance in Harvey. Unfortunately the film failed at the box office. From there, Gosling moved on to the courtroom thriller Fracture, starring opposite Anthony Hopkins. He'd originally turned down the role, but changed his mind after Hopkins signed on.

Gosling was set to start filming Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones in 2007 but left the production two days before filming began because of "creative differences". He was replaced by Mark Wahlberg.

After a three-year departure from movies, Gosling made five of them in 2010 and 2011. "I’ve never had more energy," he was quoted as saying. “I’m more excited to make films than I used to be. I used to kind of dread it. It was so emotional and taxing. But I’ve found a way to have fun while doing it. And I think that translates into the films." In 2010, he co-starred with Michelle Williams in the marital drama Blue Valentine, following it up with the mystery film All Good Things with Kirsten Dunst, which was based on a true story. Gosling played the role of New York real-estate heir Robert Durst, who was investigated for the disappearance of his wife.

In 2011 Gosling co-starred in his first comedic role in Crazy, Stupid, Love, with Steve Carell and Emma Stone. He took cocktail-making classes at an L.A. bar in preparation for his role. He then took on the role of a Hollywood stunt car driver who moonlights as a getaway driver in Drive, for which he has won accolades. Roger Ebert compared Gosling to Steve McQueen and said that he "embodies presence and sincerity ... he has shown a gift for finding arresting, powerful characters can achieve just about anything." Gosling closed out 2011 co-starring with Philip Seymour Hoffman in the political drama The Ides of March directed by George Clooney, in which he played an ambitious press secretary.

Gosling dated his Murder by Numbers co-star Sandra Bullock for a year, from 2002 to 2003. He also dated his The Notebook co-star Rachel McAdams from mid-2005 to mid-2007.

In September 2011, Gosling began dating his The Place Beyond the Pines co-star Eva Mendes. In September 2014, Mendes gave birth to their daughter, Esmeralda Amada Gosling.

Ryan Gosling's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
1997 Frankenstein and Me Kenny
2000 Remember the Titans Alan Bosley
2001 The Believer Danny Balint
2002 Murder by Numbers Richard Haywood
2002 The Slaughter Rule Roy Chutney
2003 The United States of Leland Leland P. Fitzgerald
2004 The Notebook Noah Calhoun
2005 Stay Henry Letham
2006 Half Nelson Dan Dunne
2007 Fracture Willy Beachum
2007 Lars and the Real Girl Lars Lindstrom
2010 Blue Valentine Dean Pereira
2010 All Good Things David Marks
2010 Regeneration Narrator
2011 Crazy, Stupid, Love Jacob Palmer
2011 Drive The Driver
2011 The Ides of March Stephen Meyers
2012 The Place Beyond the Pines Luke Glanton
2013 Gangster Squad Sgt. Jerry Wooters
2013 Only God Forgives Julian
2015 The Big Short Jared Vennett
2016 The Nice Guys Holland March
2016 La La Land Sebastian

Ryan Gosling's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
Mickey Mouse Club Himself
1995 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Jamie Leary
1996 PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal Adam
1996 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Kevin
1996 Road to Avonlea Bret McNulty
1996 Goosebumps Greg Banks
1996 The Adventures of Shirley Holmes Sean
1996 Flash Forward Scott Stuckey
1996 Ready or Not Matt Kalinsky
Breaker High Sean Hanlon
1998 Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy Tommy
Young Hercules Hercules
1998 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Zylus
1999 The Unbelievables Josh
2005 I'm Still Here: Real Diaries of Young People Who Lived During the Holocaust Ilya Gerber

Memorable Quotes

“The theme for me is love and the lack of it. We all want that and we don't know how to get it, and everything we do is some kind of attempt to capture it for ourselves.”

“I try not to make too many movies. I get sick of myself, so I can imagine how everyone else feels.”

“The writing was on the wall when I saw Rocky (1976) for the first time. I went and picked a fight right afterwards and got my ass kicked. The movies took me into their dream.”

“I think the one thing I love most about being an adult is the right to buy candy whenever and wherever I want.”

“You know how sometimes department stores have these things where, if you win, you get 10 minutes and go in and take anything you want from the store? That's basically what I'm doing. I'm running in and just trying to grab as many characters as possible before they pull the plug on me.”

Did You Know

Ryan is an accomplished jazz guitarist and a fan of Chet Baker; he started a band with his friend Zach Shields called Dead Man's Bones.

He built the kitchen table featured in The Notebook (2004) in preparation for his role as Noah.

He beat out 17,000 people for a place in The All New Mickey Mouse Club (1989) in January 1993.

With two of his friends, he has opened a Moroccan restaurant called Tagine in Beverly Hills.

Unlike many successful actors near his age, he has no entourage and few close friends. He admits to often preferring solitude when he's not working.

Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst in All Good Things (2011).
Gosling in Crazy Stupid Love (2011).
Ryan Gosling in Drive (2011).
In Gangster Squad (2013).
In Only God Forgives (2013).
In The Ides of March (2011).
Gosling and Rachel McAdams in The Notebook (2004).
Ryan Gosling in The Place Beyond the Pines (2012).