Oscar Actors: Gosling, Ryan–Background, Career, Awards

December 15, 2020
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Ryan Thomas Gosling (born November 12, 1980) is a Canadian actor and musician. He began his career as a child star on the Disney Channel’s The Mickey Mouse Club (1993–1995), 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).

Gosling gained wider recognition in 2004 with a leading role in the commercially successful romance The Notebook. For playing a drug-addicted teacher in Half Nelson (2006), he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor,

He next played a socially inept loner in Lars and the Real Girl (2007). After a brief hiatus, Gosling starred in the marital drama Blue Valentine (2010). Gosling co-starred in three mainstream films in 2011, the romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love, the political drama The Ides of March, and the action drama Drive, all of which were critical and commercial successes. He also starred in the acclaimed financial satire The Big Short (2015), and the romantic musical La La Land (2016), which won him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. Further acclaim followed with 2017’s science fiction Blade Runner 2049 and 2018’s biopic First Man. In addition to acting, he made his directorial debut in 2014’s Lost River.

Gosling’s band, Dead Man’s Bones, released their self-titled debut album and toured North America in 2009. He is a co-owner of Tagine, a Moroccan restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. Gosling is a supporter of PETA, Invisible Children, and the Enough Project and has travelled to Chad, Uganda and eastern Congo to raise awareness about conflicts in the regions. Gosling has been involved in peace promotion efforts in Africa for over a decade.

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

Ryan Thomas Gosling was born in London, Ontario, the son of Thomas Ray Gosling, a travelling salesman for a paper mill,[3] and Donna, a secretary.[4][5] Both of his parents are of part French-Canadian descent, along with some German, English, Scottish, and Irish.[6][7] Gosling’s parents were Mormons,[8] and Gosling has said that the religion influenced every aspect of their lives.[9] However, he said he “never really could identify with [Mormonism].”[10] Because of his father’s work, they “moved around a lot”[3] and Gosling lived in both Cornwall, Ontario,[11] and Burlington, Ontario.[12] His parents divorced when he was 13,[13] and he and his older sister Mandi lived with their mother,[4] an experience Gosling has credited with programming him “to think like a girl”.[14]

Gosling was educated at Gladstone Public School,[15] Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School and Lester B. Pearson High School.[16] As a child, he watched Dick Tracy and was inspired to become an actor.[17] He “hated” being a child,[9][18] was bullied in elementary school[19] and had no friends until he was “14 or 15”.[20][21] 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.[18] He was unable to read,[22] and was evaluated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but was not diagnosed with it and, contrary to false reports, never took medication.[23] His mother left her job and homeschooled him for a year.[24] Gosling has said that homeschooling gave him “a sense of autonomy that I’ve never really lost”.[9] Gosling performed in front of audiences from an early age, encouraged by his sister being a performer.[25] He and his sister sang together at weddings; he performed with Elvis Perry, his uncle’s Elvis Presley tribute act,[26] and was involved with a local ballet company.[27] Performing boosted his self-confidence as it was the only thing for which he received praise.[21] 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.[28] He dropped out of high school at the age of 17 to focus on his acting career.[29]

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.[25] He was given a two-year contract as a mouseketeer and moved to Orlando, Florida.[29] He appeared on-screen infrequently because other children were considered more talented.[30] Nonetheless, he has described the job as the greatest two years of his life.[29] 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.”[31] 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.[32] Gosling has said that, even though he and Timberlake are no longer in touch, they are still supportive of each other.[31]

Following the show’s cancellation in 1995, Gosling returned to Canada, where he continued to appear in family entertainment television series, including Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1995)[33] and Goosebumps (1996),[33] and starred in Breaker High (1997–98) as Sean Hanlon.[33] At the age of 18, he moved to New Zealand to film the Fox Kids adventure series Young Hercules (1998–1999) as the title character.[33] 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.[29]

Move to independent film (2000–2003)
At the age of nineteen, Gosling decided to move into “serious acting”. He was dropped by his agent and initially found it difficult to secure work because of the “stigma” attached to children’s television.[34] 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.[35] Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times praised an “electrifying and terrifyingly convincing” performance[36] while Todd McCarthy of Variety magazine felt his “dynamite performance” could “scarcely have been better”.[37] The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival[38] and Gosling has described it as “the film that kind of gift-wrapped for me the career that I have now.”[26] Because of the controversial nature of the film, it was difficult to secure financial backing for a full theatrical release,[39] and the film was instead broadcast on Showtime.[39] The film was a commercial failure, grossing $416,925 worldwide from a production budget of $1.5 million.[40]

In 2002, Gosling co-starred in the psychological thriller Murder by Numbers with Sandra Bullock and Michael Pitt,[41] 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”[42] while Todd McCarthy of Variety felt that the “strong and “charismatic” young actors were “let down by the screenplay”.[43] The film was a minor commercial success, grossing $56 million worldwide from a production budget of $50 million.[44] 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”.[45] 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”[46] while Manohla Dargis of the Los Angeles Times was won over by his “raw talent”.[47] The film was released in just three US theatres and grossed $13,411.[48]

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.”[49] 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.”[50] A.O. Scott of The New York Times noted that he “struggles to rescue Leland from the clutches of cliché”[51] 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”.[52] The film grossed $343,847 in the United States and was not released overseas.[53]

The Notebook and Half Nelson (2004–2009)
Gosling gained mainstream attention 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.[54] 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.”[55] 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.[56] Filming took place in Charleston, South Carolina, in late 2002 and early 2003.[57] Although Gosling and McAdams became romantically involved in 2005, they had a combative relationship on the set.[58][59] “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.”[9] At one point, Gosling asked Cassavetes to “bring somebody else in for my off-camera shot” because he felt McAdams was uncooperative.[59] 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.”[60] 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”.[61] The film grossed over $115 million worldwide.[62] Gosling won four Teen Choice Awards[63] and an MTV Movie Award.[64] Entertainment Weekly has said that the movie contains the All-Time Best Movie Kiss[65] while the Los Angeles Times has included a scene from the film in a list of the 50 Classic Movie Kisses.[66] The Notebook has appeared on many Most Romantic Movies lists.[67][68][69][70]

Gosling at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival
In 2005, Gosling appeared as a disturbed young art student in Stay, 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.”[71] Todd McCarthy of Variety felt that the “capable” McGregor and Gosling “deliver nothing new from what they’ve shown before”.[72] The film grossed $8 million worldwide.[73] 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.”[74] 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.[75] Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times described “a mesmerizing performance … that shows the kind of deep understanding of character few actors manage.”[76] 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”.[77] Roger Ebert felt the performance “proves he’s one of the finest actors working in contemporary movies.”[78] He was nominated for an Academy Award.[22] The film grossed $4 million at the worldwide box office.[79] In 2007, he was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[80]

Gosling played an introvert who falls for a sex doll in the 2007 film Lars and the Real Girl. He drew inspiration from James Stewart’s performance in Harvey.[81] 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”.[82] Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post described his performance as “a small miracle … because he changes and grows so imperceptibly before our eyes.”[83] However, Manohla Dargis of The New York Times felt “the performance is a rare miscalculation in a mostly brilliant career.”[84] He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.[85] The film was a box office failure, failing to recoup its $12 million production budget.[86] Gosling starred opposite Anthony Hopkins in the 2007 courtroom thriller Fracture. He originally turned down the role, but changed his mind when Hopkins signed on.[87] Gosling noted that he was drawn to his character, Willie, because he had flaws and seemed like a real person.[88] He spent time shadowing lawyers and observing courtroom proceedings in preparation for the role.[89] 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”.[90] 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.”[91] The film grossed over $91 million worldwide.[92]

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.[93] 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.[94] Before shooting began, Gosling gained 60 pounds (27 kilograms) in weight and grew a beard to appear older.[94] Walsh then “began to feel he was not right. It was our blindness, the desire to make it work no matter what.”[94] 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.”[94] 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.”[95]

Widespread recognition (2010–2012)
Following a three-year absence from the screen, Gosling starred in five films in 2010 and 2011. “I’ve never had more energy,” Gosling said. “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.”[34] He has also spoken of feeling depressed when not working.[21] In 2010, he co-starred with Michelle Williams in Derek Cianfrance’s directorial debut, the marital drama Blue Valentine. The low-budget film was mainly improvised and Gosling has said “you had to remind yourself you were making a film”.[96] Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle felt he “brings a preternatural understanding of people to his performance”[97] while A.O. Scott of The New York Times found him “convincing as the run-down, desperate, older Dean, and maybe a bit less so as the younger version”.[98] Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly wrote that he “plays Dean as a snarky working-class hipster, but when his anger is unleashed, the performance turns powerful.”[99] However, Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe felt the performance was an example of “hipsterism misdirected”.[100] He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama.[101] The film was a box office success, grossing over $12 million worldwide from a production budget of $1 million.[102]

Gosling’s second on-screen appearance of 2010 was in the mystery film All Good Things with Kirsten Dunst, based on a true story. He played the role of New York real-estate heir David Marks, who was investigated for the disappearance of his wife (played by Dunst).[103] Gosling found the filming process to be a “dark experience” and did not undertake any promotional duties for the film.[104] When asked if he was proud of the film, he replied, “I’m proud of what Kirsten does in the movie.”[104] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone felt he “gets so deep into character you can feel his nerve endings.”[105] Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle found the “chameleonic Gosling is completely convincing as this empty shell of a man”.[106] Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times felt that the film belonged to Dunst, but praised Gosling’s performance.[107] The film grossed $644,535 worldwide.[108] Also in 2010, Gosling narrated and produced ReGeneration, a documentary that explores the cynicism in today’s youth towards social and political causes.[109][110]

Gosling in 2011
2011 saw Gosling expand his horizons by appearing in three diverse, high-profile roles. He co-starred in his first comedic role in the romantic comedy-drama Crazy, Stupid, Love, with Steve Carell and Emma Stone.[111] Gosling took cocktail-making classes at a Los Angeles bar in preparation for his role as a smooth-talking ladies’ man.[112] Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post said his “seductive command presence suggests we may have found our next George Clooney”.[113] Peter Travers declared him “a comic knockout”[114] while Claudia Puig of USA Today felt he reveals a “surprising” “knack for comedy.”[115] He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.[116] The film was a box office success, grossing over $142 million worldwide.[117] With adjustments for inflation, it is the second most successful of Gosling’s career.[62]

Gosling’s first action role was in Drive, based on a novel by James Sallis.[118] Gosling portrayed a Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a getaway driver, and he has described the film as a “violent John Hughes movie”: “I always thought if Pretty in Pink had head-smashing it would be perfect”.[119] Roger Ebert compared Gosling to Steve McQueen and stated that he “embodies presence and sincerity … he has shown a gift for finding arresting, powerful characters [and] can achieve just about anything.[120] Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal pondered “the ongoing mystery of how he manages to have so much impact with so little apparent effort. It’s irresistible to liken his economical style to that of Marlon Brando.”[121] The film was a box office success, grossing $70 million worldwide from a production budget of $15 million.[122]

In his final appearance of 2011, Gosling co-starred with Philip Seymour Hoffman in the political drama The Ides of March directed by George Clooney, in which he played an ambitious press secretary.[123] Gosling partly decided to do the film to become more politically aware: “I’m Canadian and so American politics aren’t really in my wheelhouse.”[124] Joe Morganstern of the Wall Street Journal said that Gosling and Hoffman “are eminently well equipped to play variations on their characters’ main themes. Yet neither actor has great material to conjure with in the script.”[125] In a generally tepid review, Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times asserted that it was “certainly involving to see the charismatic Gosling verbally spar with superb character actors like Hoffman and [Paul] Giamatti.”[126] Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle felt there was “one aspect to the character that Gosling can’t quite nail down, that might simply be outside his sphere, which is idealism.”[127] He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama.[116] The film grossed $66 million worldwide.[128]

Mixed reception and directorial debut (2013–2014)

Gosling at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival
In 2013’s crime thriller, Gangster Squad, Gosling portrayed Sgt. Jerry Wooters, a 1940s LAPD officer who attempts to outsmart mob boss Mickey Cohen (played by Sean Penn). He was reunited with Emma Stone as his love interest, after their earlier pairing in Crazy, Stupid, Love. Stone has said she hopes they will find more projects to work together on.[129] A.O. Scott of The New York Times described the film as an excuse for the cast “to earn some money trying out funny voices and suppressing whatever sense of nuance they might possess.”[130] Christy Lemire of the Boston Globe criticized Gosling’s “weird, whispery voice” and his “barely developed, one-note” character.[131] However, Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times felt that there was “a seductive power” in the scenes shared by Gosling and Stone: “But like too much else in the film, it’s a scenario that is only half played out.”[132]

In The Place Beyond the Pines, a generational drama directed by Blue Valentine’s Derek Cianfrance,[133] Gosling portrayed Luke, a motorcycle stunt rider who robs banks to provide for his family.[134] The shoot was described by Gosling as “the best experience I have ever had making a film.”[27] A. O. Scott of the New York Times praised the performance: “Mr. Gosling’s cool self-possession — the only thing he was allowed to display in “Drive” — is complicated, made interesting, by hints of childlike innocence and vulnerability.”[135] Scott Foundas of The Village Voice was unimpressed: “Gosling’s character verges on parody … Gosling uses a soft, wounded half-whisper that tells us this is all some kind of put-on … It’s a close variation on the role Gosling played to stronger effect in Nicolas Winding Refn’s existential Hollywood thriller, Drive, where it was clear the character was meant to be an abstraction.”[136] David Denby of The New Yorker remarked that he “reprises his inexorable-loner routine”.[137] The film grossed $35 million worldwide from a production budget of $15 million.[138]

Later in 2013, Gosling starred in the violent revenge drama Only God Forgives,[139] directed by Drive’s Nicolas Winding Refn. Gosling undertook Muay Thai training in preparation for the role,[140] and has described the script as “the strangest thing I’ve ever read”.[140] Both the film and his performance drew negative reviews.[141][142][143][144] David Edelstein of New York Magazine stated: “Gosling looked like a major actor as a skinhead in The Believer and a star in Half Nelson. Then he stopped acting and started posing. His performance in Only God Forgives (would God forgive that title?) is one long, moist stare”.[145] Stephen Holden of the New York Times criticized Gosling’s inability “to give his automaton any suggestion of an inner life”.[146] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone commented that Gosling, while “meant to be a blank page for us to write on, often looks merely blank”.[147]

In early 2013, Gosling announced that he was taking a break from acting, stating, “I’ve lost perspective on what I’m doing. I think it’s good for me to take a break and reassess why I’m doing it and how I’m doing it. And I think this is probably a good way to learn about that.”[148] Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.[149] The “fantasy noir”, written by Gosling, stars Christina Hendricks, Ben Mendelsohn, and Matt Smith.[150][151] The film received largely unfavorable reviews.[152] Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian found it “insufferably conceited” and remarked that Gosling had lost “any sense of proportion or humility.”[153] Robbie Collin of The Telegraph described Lost River as “mind-bogglingly pleased with itself”,[154] while Variety’s Justin Chang dismissed the “derivative” film as a “train-wreck.”[155]

La La Land and return to film (2015–present)

Gosling at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
In 2015, Gosling played a bond salesman in the ensemble financial satire The Big Short, a Best Picture nominee at the 2016 Academy Awards. David Sims of The Atlantic felt that he was “smarmily funny, somehow simultaneously magnetic and repulsive; after years wandering the halls of mediocre art cinema, it’s wonderful to see him cut loose again.”[156] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone said: “Gosling, a virtuoso of verbal sleaze, talks directly to the camera, and he’s volcanically fierce and funny.”[157] The following year, Gosling starred in the black comedy The Nice Guys, opposite Russell Crowe,[158] and in Damien Chazelle’s musical La La Land, for which he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and received his second Academy Award for Best Actor nomination.[159] Robbie Collin praised the chemistry with co-star Emma Stone, writing “Both stars are so attuned to each other’s pace and flow that their repartee just seems to tumble out, perfectly formed.”[160] It emerged as one of his most commercially successful films, with earnings of over $440 million against its $30 million budget.[161]

Gosling was signed on to work with Terrence Malick in 2004 on the biographical film Che, but later dropped out.[162][163] He made an appearance in Malick’s Song to Song (2017), which co-starred Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett.[164][165] Also in 2017, he starred in Blade Runner 2049, a sequel to the 1982 science fiction film Blade Runner, directed by Denis Villeneuve and co-starring Harrison Ford, who reprised his role as Rick Deckard. Gosling’s role was as Officer K, a “blade runner” working for the LAPD whose job it is to kill rogue bioengineered humans known as replicants.[166] A. O. Scott found him to be perfectly cast, adding that his “ability to elicit sympathy while seeming too distracted to want it – his knack for making boredom look like passion and vice versa – makes him a perfect warm-blooded robot for our time”.[167] Despite being Gosling’s largest box office opening, grossing $31.5 million domestically, the film generally underperformed at the box office.[168]

In 2018, Gosling portrayed Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who became the first man to walk on the Moon in 1969, in Chazelle’s biopic First Man, based on the book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong.[169] Writing for IndieWire, Michael Nordine commended him for bringing “quiet charisma” and “grace” to his role, while Nicholas Barber of the BBC hailed him as the “best deadpan actor in the business”.[170][171]

Upcoming projects
Variety reported back in 2017 that Gosling is in consideration to star in Disney’s supernatural family movie, The Haunted Mansion, with Guillermo del Toro directing and producing. The film has been in works at Disney for a long period of time.[172] Later, Variety reported in May 2017 that Gosling, Ken Kao, and Anonymous Content had come on board to produce a movie adaptation of Jeff Lemire’s graphic novel The Underwater Welder. The novel is about a man in the dangerous profession of underwater welding, who has a supernatural encounter at the bottom of the sea.[172]

In July 2020, Gosling was reportedly confirmed to be starring opposite to Chris Evans in the spy action-thriller The Gray Man, based on the novel of the same name, on Netflix, which would be directed by the Russo brothers via AGBO Films, with a budget of $200 million, with the intention of competing with James Bond.[173]

In late May 2020, Gosling was cast in the role of the Wolfman in Universal’s reboot of The Wolf Man from 1941.[174]

Music career

Gosling at a Dead Man’s Bones concert in 2009
Main article: Dead Man’s Bones
In 2007, Gosling made a solo recording called “Put Me in the Car” available for download on the Internet.[175] 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.[176][177] 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.[176] They recorded their eponymous debut album with the Silverlake Conservatory’s Children’s Choir and learned to play all the instruments themselves.[176] Gosling contributed vocals, piano, guitar, bass guitar and cello to the record.[177] The album was released through ANTI- Records on October 6, 2009.[178] Pitchfork Media was won over by the “unique, catchy and lovably weird record”[179] while Prefix felt the album was “rarely kitschy and never inappropriate”.[180] However, Spin felt the album “doesn’t reverse the rule that actors make dubious pop musicians”[181] and Entertainment Weekly criticized its “cloying, gothic preciousness”.[182]

In September 2009, 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.[177][183] They then conducted a thirteen-date tour of North America in October 2009, using a local children’s choir at every show.[184][185] Instead of an opening act, a talent show was held each night.[186] 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”.[187]

Personal life

Gosling at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival
Gosling previously resided in New York City with his mixed-breed dog, George.[17][188] He co-owns Tagine, a Moroccan restaurant in Beverly Hills, California.[189] He bought the restaurant on an impulse; he has said that he spent “all [his] money” on it,[190] spent a year doing the renovation work himself, and now oversees the restaurant’s menus.[190][191]

Gosling dated his Murder by Numbers co-star Sandra Bullock from 2002 to 2003.[192] Gosling was in a relationship with his co-star from The Notebook, fellow Canadian Rachel McAdams, from mid‑2005 to mid‑2007,[193] before they briefly reunited in 2008.[194][195]

In September 2011, Gosling began dating his The Place Beyond the Pines co-star Eva Mendes.[196] He has two daughters with Mendes, one born in 2014[197] and the second in 2016.[198]

Gosling is supportive of various social causes. He 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.[199][200][201] Gosling volunteered in Biloxi, Mississippi in 2005, as part of the clean-up effort following Hurricane Katrina.[202] He is a supporter of Invisible Children, Inc., a group that raises awareness about the LRA in Central Africa.[203] In 2005, Gosling travelled to Darfur refugee camps in Chad.[22][204] He was a speaker at Campus Progress’s National Conference in 2008 where he discussed Darfur.[205] As part of his work with the Enough Project, he visited Uganda in 2007[206] and eastern Congo in 2010.[207]

Filmography
Film
Year Title Role Notes
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 Also executive producer
2010 All Good Things David Marks
2010 ReGeneration Narrator Documentary; also producer
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 Also executive producer
2013 White Shadow — Executive producer[208]
2014 Lost River — Director, writer and producer
2015 The Big Short Jared Vennett
2016 The Nice Guys P.I. Holland March
2016 La La Land Sebastian Wilder
2017 Song to Song BV
2017 Blade Runner 2049 Officer K
2018 First Man Neil Armstrong
2021 The Gray Man
Television
Year(s) Title Role Notes
1993–1995 The Mickey Mouse Club Himself 3 episodes
1995 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Jamie Leary Episode: “The Tale of Station 109.1”
1996 PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal Adam Episode: “Dream House/UFO Encounter”
1996 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Kevin Episode: “Dragon’s Lair”
1996 Road to Avonlea Bret McNulty Episode: “From Away”
1996 Goosebumps Greg Banks Episode: “Say Cheese and Die”
1996 The Adventures of Shirley Holmes Sean Episode: “The Case of the Burning Building”
1996 Flash Forward Scott Stuckey 2 episodes
1996 Ready or Not Matt Kalinsky Episode: “I Do, I Don’t”
1997–1998 Breaker High Sean Hanlon 44 episodes
1998 Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy Tommy Television film
1998–1999 Young Hercules Hercules 50 episodes
1998 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Zylus Episode: “The Academy”
1999 The Unbelievables Josh Pilot
2005 I’m Still Here: Real Diaries of Young People Who Lived During the Holocaust Ilya Gerber Television documentary
2015, 2017 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) 2 episodes
2019 My Favorite Shapes by Julio Torres Blue Penguin (voice) Television film
Discography
Year Title Peak chart positions Album
AUT
[209] BEL (Vl)
[210] FRA
[211] SPA
[212] SWI
[213] UK
[214]
2009 “Dead Man’s Bones”
(with Dead Man’s Bones) — — — — — — N/A
2011 “You Always Hurt the One You Love” — — — — — — Blue Valentine: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
2016 “A Lovely Night”
(with Emma Stone) — — 75 — — — La La Land: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
“City of Stars” — — 10 — — —
“City of Stars”
(with Emma Stone) 68 30 194 14 48 53
“—” denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.
Accolades
Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Ryan Gosling
German television prank
In March 2017, Gosling was at the center of a prank involving Goldene Kamera, an annual German film and television award. German comedians Joko Winterscheidt and Klaas Heufer-Umlauf arranged for a Ryan Gosling impersonator to be awarded the “Best International Film” prize for La La Land.[215][216][217] Following the event, a speaker for television broadcaster ZDF asked for the trophy to be given back, stating that La La Land had won the prize and that the trophy would be given to the real Ryan Gosling.[218] The incident, which became known as “GoslingGate”, sparked criticism of the event’s concept. Media critics argued that the “Best International Film” award had only been created in an effort to get Ryan Gosling on the show, with no regards for the movie’s quality. The incident played a major role in the cancelation of the Goldene Kamera in 2019.[219][220] In 2018, Winterscheidt, Heufer-Umlauf and the Gosling double Ludwig Lehner were awarded the Grimme Award for their media criticism.