Ryan Gosling (born 12.11.1980) is a Canadian actor who came up through the ranks, first as a child star on the Mickey Mouse Club and then graduating to adult roles in the likes of Half Nelson and Blue Valentine.
Childhood: Ryan Gosling was born in London, Ontario, to Thomas and Donna Gosling. His father was a travelling salesman for a paper mill and his mother is now a high school teacher. He was raised as a Mormon and after his parents split, he was raised by his mother, along with his older sister.
Whilst he was in First Grade at school, Gosling brought steak knives into school and threw them at other pupils. The incident led to him being suspended. He was later diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed Ritalin. His mother quit her job so that he could be homeschooled.
Ryan and his sister both performed from an early age; they sang at weddings and Ryan sang with his uncle's Elvis Presley tribute act.
Acting Career: At the age of 12, Ryan Gosling attended an open audition in Montreal for the Disney Chanel's Mickey Mouse Club. It's an institution that has spawned a huge number of stars, such as Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera. As a result of the audition, Gosling was offered a two-year contract as a 'mouseketeer' and moved to Orlando, Florida. Although he was onscreen less than other co-stars, he credits the job as giving him a sense of focus.
As a result of his time on the show, Ryan became good friends with Justin Timberlake. They lived together for six months whilst they worked on the show and Justin's mother even became Ryan's legal guardian for a time, after Ryan's mother had to return to Canada for work reasons.
When the show was cancelled in 1995, Ryan Gosling returned to Canada. He went on to appear in a number of family entertainment shows such as Are You Afraid of the Dark, Goosebumps and Breaker High. He then moved country once more in order to advance his career, filming the series Young Hercules in New Zealand. Once he had finished the series, he decided to concentrate on film work.
After landing a supporting role in Remember the Titans, which starred Denzel Washington, Kate Bosworth and Hayden Panettiere. He then went on to play the lead role in The Believer in 2001, playing the role of a Jewish Neo-Nazi. The film also starred Summer Phoenix and Billy Zane. Gosling's performance was highly acclaimed and the film won the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance film festival.
In 2002, Gosling appeared in Murder By Numbers, along with Michael Pitt and Sandra Bullock. His second appearance of the year was in The Slaughter Rule, alongside David Morse, in which his performance was likened by critics to that of a young Matt Dillon. The following year, he played the role of an imprisoned teenager in The United States of Leland.
A breakthrough role for Ryan Gosling came in 2004, when he appeared alongside Rachel McAdams in The Notebook. The film also starred James Garner and Sam Shepard and provided Gosling with yet more positive critical reviews. Then, in 2005, he played the role of a young art student in Stay, with Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, though his reviews for this film were far less favourable than some of his previous performances.
Ryan then starred in Half Nelson, which helped to raise his profile amongst movie fans. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in the movie, which saw him playing the role of a teacher who forms a bond with a young student. In the comic 2007 film Lars and the Real Girl, Ryan Gosling plays the role of an introverted guy who falls in love with a sex doll. He found himself nominated for a Golden Globe for the role.
Also that year, Gosling appeared alongside Anthony Hopkins in Fracture. He originally turned the role down but when he heard that Hopkins had signed up, he made an about-turn on the decision. Gosling was then absent from the big-screen for a few years, but made a prolific comeback, starring in five films in two years. One of these was 2010's Blue Valentine, in which he starred opposite Michelle Williams, landing another Golden Globe nomination. Additionally, he appeared alongside Kirsten Dunst in All Good Things and then took to a more comic role opposite Steve Carell and Emma Stone in Crazy, Stupid, Love. This was followed with a starring role in Drive, based on a novel by James Sallis, in which he plays the role of a Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a getaway driver. His final film of 2011 was The Ides of March, which was directed by George Clooney and co-starred Philip Seymour Hoffman. Once more, Gosling found himself on the Golden Globes nominations list.
Ryan Gosling is also a keen musician. He has released solo work, as well as recording with the band Dead Man's Bones.
Personal Life: Ryan Gosling lives in New York. He has dated a number of actresses, including former co-stars Sandra Bullock and Rachel McAdams. In 2011, he began dating Eva Mendes.
Gosling's reaction to the mix-up when 'La La Land' was accidentally awarded Best Picture instead of 'Moonlight' at last month's Oscars was brilliant.
Ryan Gosling’s reaction to the much-discussed and dissected ‘Wrong Best Film’-gate incident at last month’s Oscars won him a great deal of respect – but the star has now explained that he was stifling his giggles out of relief more than anything else.
Gosling was on stage with the rest of the La La Land cast and producers at February’s Academy Awards, when a few minutes in to their time proceedings were halted and confusion reigned for a few moments before it was announced that Moonlight had actually won the Best Picture gong.
But the 36 year old star was not just covering up his disappointment when he started giggling at the whole thing.
Continue reading: Ryan Gosling Explains Giggles At Oscars Best Film Mix-Up
After his Oscar nomination for La La Land, Ryan Gosling is back singing and playing the piano on screen as a musician in Terrence Malick's new film Song to Song, starring opposite Michael Fassbender and Rooney Mara.
The cast was in Austin, Texas, this month for the film's premiere at South by Southwest festival, where it was filmed. And Gosling was excited to finally see the finished film. "We made it maybe four years ago now or something," he says, "and so many things happened, it was such a unique process. But it's a Terrence Malick film!"
Malick is notorious for his filmmaking style, in which he shoots a wide range of scenes and then crafts the narrative in the editing room. "My character went through so many different incarnations," Gosling says. "And that's kind of the interesting thing about the way Terrence Malick works. He's sort of finding it as he goes along."
Continue reading: Ryan Gosling Embraced Terrence Malick's 'Different Way Of Working'
The actor opened up about his 'Song To Song' experience with Patti Smith at SXSW.
Ryan Gosling has opened up about his 'unique experience' working alongside a variety of musicians on his latest film 'Song To Song', including the punk legend Patti Smith. Shot five years ago, much of the movie features scenes from actual live music festivals.
Ryan Gosling stars opposite Michael Fassbender in 'Song To Song'
Terrence Malick's music-based romantic drama was partly shot at Austin City Limits music festival in 2012, with a variety of musical guests making cameo appearances along the way. It was certainly a lot of fun for these actors to get to spend time with real rockstars.
Continue reading: Ryan Gosling Thought Working With Patti Smith Was 'Incredible'
The mother-of-two was nowhere to be seen during this award season
Notoriously private couple Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling are very rarely seen out together but with the latter’s latest film, La La Land, up for so many awards, people thought the pair might walk the red carpet together this awards season.
Eva Mendes would rather be at home with her girls than on the red carpet
However, Eva was absent and she has now revealed the reason why.
The movie, shot at Austin City Limits, will make an impact at the city's other big event.
The new music drama from Terrence Malick, 'Song To Song' starring Michael Fassbender, is set to premiere on the opening night of the 2017 SXSW Festival this weekend, celebrating the Austin music aesthetic that the movie is all about and setting the course for a phenomenal event.
Austin, Texas is one of the greatest cities for music in the world, playing host to two major music festivals each year; SXSW and Austin City Limits. It so happens that filmmaker Terrence Malick shot his latest movie 'Song To Song' at the latter in 2012, and they are bringing it back to Austin with a screening at the 24th edition of SXSW today (March 10th 2017).
Continue reading: 'Song To Song' Returns To Austin With SXSW 2017 Premiere
A German chef named Ludwig Lehner, who bears only a passing resemblance to the Hollywood A-lister, accepted the Goldene Kamera award this week.
An entirely unconvincing impersonator posed as Hollywood star Ryan Gosling in order to pick a German film award this week, as the result of complicated prank executed by comedians Joko and Klaas.
The actor himself, the recent star of La La Land and who has been cleaning up at awards ceremonies across the world, was expected to attend by the organisers of the Goldene Kamera awards. However, they had been pranked into believing this by prankster duo Joko Winterscheidt and Klaas Heufer-Umlauf, who had set up a fake talent agency to fool them.
The real Ryan Gosling attending a pre-Oscars event in 2017
Continue reading: 'Fake Ryan Gosling' Accepts German Film Award In Elaborate Prank
The La La Land star missed out on the Best Actor gong just before the ceremony descended into chaos
As the 89th Academy Awards descended into the greatest chaos of any ceremony in living memory, there was one star that seems to have come out of the mess a little better than most. La La Land main man Ryan Gosling reacted with barely concealed amusement to the gaffe surrounding the Best Picture Award and has been catapulted into the running to be the next James Bond as a result.
Could Ryan Gosling be the next James Bond?
Huge confusion on Sunday night (26 Feb) led to multi-award winning musical, La La Land being announced as Best Picture winner before it was actually revealed Moonlight had taken the top spot.
He's certainly not wasting his newfound talents.
After learning some serious piano moves for the 14-time Academy Award nominated musical 'La La Land', Ryan Gosling is transferring his skills to yet another music-based romance. This time, however, he's in Austin, Texas for Terrence Malick's intense drama 'Song To Song'.
Ryan Gosling plays piano again for 'Song To Song'
Gosling plays an aspiring songwriter named BV in a tale about love and ambition, and the dangers the come from the blending of the two. He's in a relationship with another wannabe songwriter named Faye (Rooney Mara), and they ended caught between two love triangles also featuring major music mogul Cook (Michael Fassbender) and a pretty waitress (Natalie Portman) who Cook has taken an interest in. As BV does everything he can to achieve the success of his dreams, his life and those of the people around him are thrown into disarray by betrayal, dishonesty and infatutation as each of them is lured into the trap of temptation.
Continue reading: Ryan Gosling Piano Skills Come In Handy Once Again For 'Song To Song'
The music scene of Austin, Texas becomes tainted by lust and illict desires as two aspiring songwriters named Faye (Rooney Mara) and BV (Ryan Gosling) become entwined in two overlapping love triangles with a major player in the music business named Cook (Michael Fassbender) - who encourages them to take their music careers further - and a charming waitress (Natalie Portman). As much as their lives are about making it in the industry and becoming world renowned successes, their lives get more complicated by disloyalty, temptation and infatuation with each other, pushing all of them ultimately further away. Can love last when betrayal lies at every corner?
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Both actors were originally set for the musical, but ended up being replaced by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.
La La Land is currently dominating awards season with stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling each picking up a Golden Globe award and an Oscar nomination for their lead roles. But while it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing Mia and Sebastian, originally it was meant to be Emma Watson and Miles Teller singing and dancing their way around Hollywood.
Now a report by Page Six has claimed that both Watson and Teller lost out on the roles for being ‘too demanding’ and the film’s award season success has left both stars at war with their agents.
Emma Watson was nearly cast as Mia in La La Land
Continue reading: Why Did Emma Watson And Miles Teller Lose Out On 'La La Land' Roles?
Date of birth
12th November, 1980
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