Ryan Gosling

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Ryan Thomas Gosling is a Canadian actor, screenwriter, film director, businessman and musician. He is regarded as one of the most successful and loved Canadian artists in the world, having taken part in numerous charities and activities outside of acting. He has received over 70 nominations for his work from 2001 to 2014, receiving a total of 18 accolades including numerous awards in 2006 for his performance and role in the critically acclaimed romance film, The Notebook.

Born in London, Ontario to Thomas and Dana Ray Gosling in 1980, Gosling is the youngest child in the family. While still young, Gosling’s parents divorced and he along with his older sister moved in to live with their mother. Gosling considers this an important experience that taught him how to “think like a girl”, a mindset that allowed him to accomplish many emotional roles in his future acting career. Having no friends in school and an inability to read or focus properly, Gosling was diagnosed with “attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)”, took Ritalin and was placed in a special needs class. It was at this time that he started focusing on his skills as an actor as it was the only thing that he received joy and praise from. Determined to become an actor, he dropped out of high school at age 17 to professionally pursue acting.

Ryan Gosling started his career in Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club (1993–95), as a child actor with co-stars like Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. He in particular became close with Timberlake as they both lived together and Timberlake’s mother became Gosling’s legal guardian when Gosling’s mother had to return to Canada for work related purposes. At the conclusion of the show, he returned to Canada to star in numerous family television shows such as Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1995), Goosebumps (1996), Breaker High (1997–98) and even the FOX Kids adventure show Young Hercules (1998–99) in the lead role. However, in his thirst for more versatile and strong roles, Gosling decided to stop doing television work and instead looked for an opportunity on the big screen.

Gosling made the move to work in independent films, as the stigma attached to child actors made it difficult for his agent to acquire roles for him and subsequently dropped Gosling. He starred in leading roles in movies like The Believer (2001), Murder by Numbers (2002), The Slaughter Rule (2002) and The United States Of Leland (2003). Despite the films not being commercially successful, Gosling received unanimous praise for his acting and performance which signaled him out for many as a young actor with potential. His big break came in the form of the romantic drama film The Notebook (2004) based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, in which he starred opposite to fellow Canadian Rachel McAdams. The film was a critical success, earning over $155 million worldwide and is, to date, Gosling’s most successful film. As a result, he won four Teen Choice Awards and an MTV Movie award for his portrayal. Sadly, his next venture Stay (2005), did not pan out well at the box office and was heavily scrutinized by critics. However, he quickly rebounded with his role in Half Nelson (2006) where he portrayed a high school teacher who was struggling with drug addiction. The film was a commercial success and renewed the pace of Gosling’s career. Consequently, in 2007 he was invited to be a part of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His next film, Lars and the Real Girl (2007) was a comedy that further cemented Gosling’s reputation in Hollywood, despite being a commercial failure. His next stint saw him co-star with veteran Anthony Hopkins in the courtroom thriller Fracture (2007), which received unanimous praise and grossed well at the box office. He was signed to appear in The Lovely Bones (2007), but dropped out due to creative differences.

After a three year hiatus, Gosling appeared in five high profile roles from 2010 to 2011. In 2010, he starred in Blue Valentine and All Good Things. Both the movies were well received and well praised. In 2011, he appeared opposite Emma Stone and Steve Carell in the comedy Stupid, Crazy Love. The film was a international success and brought Gosling widespread recognition. He continued with his first action role in Drive, as a getaway car driver and then in The Ides of March, in which he played a very ambitious secretary. Both of these films were very well received and fared well with critics and the public alike. 2013 saw the release of quite a few movies for Gosling like The Gangster Squad, The Place Beyond the Pines and Only God Forgives. Unfortunately, the films did not impress and fared poorly at the box office. This stint continued with Gosling’s directorial debut in The Lost River (2014), causing him to take a break from acting to reassess his goals.

Ryan Gosling also has a band that he plays with, Dead Man’s Bones. They released their self debuted album in 2009, which was well received. This spawned a tour of North America that went on for thirteen days in October. Gosling is currently dating Eva Mendes, with whom he has a daughter, Esmeralda Amanda Gosling and resides in New York City. He is an activist having worked with numerous nonprofit organizations, such as PETA and Invisible Children Inc.


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