Ryan Gosling: Snapshot

Ryan Gosling
Date of Birth
November 12, 1980
Birth Place
London, Ontario
Women still swoon for Ryan Gosling's Notebook character Noah in the tear-jerking hit love story, but critics are more impressed by his knack for edgier roles: a Jewish neo-Nazi, a serial killer, and an inner-city junior high teacher with a drug addiction in Half Nelson.

His complicated performance in the 2006 indie made Gosling the second youngest Best Actor Oscar nominee (right behind John Travolta, 24, for Saturday Night Fever). But overshadowing Gosling's big night was the absence of girlfriend and Notebook costar Rachel McAdams, whose offscreen romance rivaled their fictional counterparts.

The Canadian hunk, who got his start as a Disney Mouseketeer, has continued to challenge himself on screen, with roles in 2007's Lars and the Real Girl (he played a man in love with a doll), 2010's award-worthy flick Blue Valentine, and the box office darling Crazy, Stupid, Love, which cemented his status as a leading man.

Ryan Gosling: Five Fun Facts

  1. The producers of his 2007 film Fracture had a hard time tracking down Ryan Gosling to give him the film's script. At the time, he was living in a tent for two months for reasons he won't disclose.
  2. Ryan Gosling's childhood nickname was "Trouble" because he started fights in school. "I'd pick on the toughest guys because the girls liked them," he told the Los Angeles Times. "So if I beat them up the girls would like me. But it never worked."
  3. Ryan Gosling had an apprenticeship with a cabinetmaker for his carpentry scenes in The Notebook. "We made all the Adirondack chairs in front of the house," he told PEOPLE. "And we shot a scene where Rachel and I consummate our relationship on a table I made."
  4. Ryan Gosling's dream project is a remake of the 1953 Audrey Hepburn romantic comedy Roman Holiday. But he'd only do it with Natalie Portman. "I love that film, and she's the only person who could do it. She's like water, that girl. She moves through everything untouched," he told Entertainment Weekly.
  5. When he's not making movies, Ryan Gosling writes music and plays guitar as part of a duo with Rachel McAdam's sister's on-and-off boyfriend. In 2007, they went to Israel to record with local musicians.

Ryan Gosling: Biography


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Mouseketeering With Future Pop Stars

Aspiring Canadian actor Ryan Gosling auditions at an open call in Montreal for the revival of Disney's The Mickey Mouse Club. He wins a two-year spot, moves to Orlando, and dances backup for Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake (left). "Christina had the same voice then as she does now. Nothing I was doing was on that level," he recalls to Entertainment Weekly. "But I had the greatest two years ever. I walked around...riding Space Mountain and puking my brains out. It was awesome." When the show is cancelled, he returns home to Ontario.


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Young Hercules

At 17, Gosling drops out of school and moves to L.A. He quickly lands an agent and the title role of the short-lived Fox series Young Hercules (right). "Initially, I did the series because it was fun," he tells the Vancouver Sun in 2002. "But then I started to care too much about it, and it wasn't fun any more...I wanted to do films, have more time to sit with a character and to try to play different characters. So I just said, 'No more television.'"


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Titans & The Believer

After making his feature debut with Denzel Washington and Hayden Panettiere in Disney's Remember the Titans, Gosling earns critical praise for portraying a Jewish neo-Nazi leader in The Believer (left). The film wins the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, yet is barely distributed in theaters because of its violent nature. "Things changed for me," he tells the New York Times. "I felt I had a place I could put the things I had inside of me into."

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Hahn-Nebinger-Orban/Abaca

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Everett Collection; Everett Collection; Kobal Collection/Wireimage

Edited by Janet Mock and Julia Wang

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