"There is this idea in Hollywood, and I've seen it work for people, where the unspoken rule is 'Do two for them and one for yourself.' And that's kind of considered a fact. I've never really found that to be true for me. I've gotten more opportunities out of working on things I believed in than I ever did on things that weren't special to me." Ryan Gosling.
Making his first break in the 1990s Disney Channel revival of the "Mickey Mouse Club" (MMC), Canadian actor Ryan Gosling picked up a star-making turn as a brilliant but troublesome Jewish religious student who transformed himself to a venerated principal in the Neo-Fascist political movement in the based-on-fact The Believer (2001), the Grand Jury Prize winner at the Sundance Film Festival. He played major roles in Murder by Numbers (2002) and The United States of Leland (2003) before being launched on the map in Hollywood as "up-and-comer" for playing Noah Calhoun, a young lumberyard worker who is instantly smitten with the daughter of a rich Southern family (played by Rachel McAdams), in Nick Cassavetes' sleeper hit adapted from the bestselling novel, The Notebook (2004).
2006 saw Gosling showered with awards for his starring role as Dan Dunne, a charismatic junior-high teacher by day and a crack addict by night in the drama film Half Nelson, based on a 19-minute film made by Boden and Fleck in 2004, titled Gowanus, Brooklyn. He is currently filming his upcoming films Fracture, Lars and the Real Girl, The Good Heart, and The Other Side.
The 6' 1" tall, lanky blond actor, who was named one of People Magazine's “50 Hottest Bachelors” (2004), was romantically linked to his Murder by Numbers (2002) co-star actress Sandra Bullock (born on July 26, 1964). He is currently dating The Notebook (2004) co-star actress Rachel McAdams (born on October 7, 1976). They reportedly became engaged in early 2005.
“I've learned it's important not to limit yourself. You can do whatever you really love to do, no matter what it is.”
Childhood and Family:
“It's nice to be around people that have a sense of the world around them, that are, in general, more conscious and conscientious. It was important for me to get an outside look at America even though I grew up in Canada, it's an incredible country and I love it, but it's so close. It's like being too close to a Monet or something. You have to move back. Going to New Zealand helped me to get a read on this place that the whole world was obsessed with.” Ryan Gosling.
In London, Ontario, Canada, Ryan Thomas Gosling was born on November 12, 1980, to Thomas and Donna Gosling. He has one older sister named Mandi Gosling, born in 1976.
As a child, Ryan was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and treated with Ritalin. He was taken out of elementary school and home schooled by his mother due to constant abuse from other students. He later attended Lester B Pearson High School in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
Ryan, nicknamed Opie, has 2 cats and a dog named George. He loves video games, enjoys singing, playing the guitar, horseback riding, mountain climbing, swimming and cycling.
“I always wanted to entertain. When I was 6, a scrawny, scrawny kid, I'd get in my red speedo and do muscle moves. I actually thought I was muscular. I didn't know everyone was laughing at me.” Ryan Gosling.
Beginning his showbiz career singing and playing guitar with his sister at fashion shows, weddings, charity benefits and local talent shows, Ryan Gosling made his early TV appearance in 1991 on the Canadian variety series "Homegrown Café." In early 1993, he landed his first break when he beat out 17,000 people for a place in the 1990s Disney Channel revival of the "Mickey Mouse Club" (MMC). There, he joined such future superstars as Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez of boy band *NSYNC, as well as Keri Russell of the TV series "Felicity." And while on MMC, he lived with Justin Timberlake and his mother.
After the long-running variety television series ended in 1996, Gosling was cast in the fantasy movie Frankenstein and Me and received a Gemini Award nomination for his role as a British orphan in an episode of Disney Channel’s "The Road to Avonlea." The next year, he was featured as the ladies’ man Sean Stanley Hanlon on UPN’s half-hour teen comedy series about a high school located on a cruise ship, "Breaker High." He followed it up with a title role on Fox Kid Network’s "Young Hercules" (1998-1999), a spin-off from the popular series featuring Kevin Sorbo, "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys."
The new millennium marked Gosling with his debut film, Remember the Titans, starring Denzel Washington. In the Boaz Yakin's football drama based on the true story of the explosive events that took place in Alexandria, Virginia in 1971, Gosling played one of the squad of players coping with the racially integration of the team. Afterward, he picked up a star-making turn as a once brilliant but troublesome Jewish religious student who transformed himself to a venerated principal in the Neo-Fascist political movement in The Believer (2001). The drama film, directed by Henry Bean, was inspired by real event of a KKK member in the 1960s who was revealed to be Jewish by a New York Times reporter. And Gosling’s electrifying performance has helped the film to win the Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.
After his highly-praised turn in The Believer, Gosling headlined the Smith brothers’ independent film The Slaughter Rule, playing a small-town high school football player opposite David Morse. The football drama, set in contemporary Montana, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. That same year, he also teamed up with Michael Pitt playing two teenaged sociopaths who decide to murder a random girl just for the challenge in Barbet Schroeder's action/psychological thriller Murder by Numbers (also starring Sandra Bullock), which was quite loosely based on the Leopold and Loeb case , the Columbine High School massacre, and the Dartmouth Murders. Next, moviegoers caught Gosling as a smart, quiet suburban student named Leland P. Fitzgerald who has inexplicably committed a shocking crime in writer-director Matthew Ryan Hoge's dramatic movie The United States of Leland (2003).
2004 saw Gosling was launched on the map in Hollywood as "up-and-comer," thanks to the portrayal of Noah Calhoun, a young lumberyard worker who is instantly smitten with the daughter of a rich Southern family (played by Rachel McAdams), in Nick Cassavetes' epic love story adapted from the bestselling novel by Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook. The film adaptation became a "sleeper hit" in Summer of 2004 while his performance won awards at the Teen Choice and an MTV Movie Awards.
Commenting on Gosling’s performance in The Notebook, the film’s director Nick Cassavetes said: "I just think: he's 23, he might as well be 63 years old. He's like one of those freaks, he kind of gets it. He's honest, that's really what you want out of an actor." Producer Mark Johnson also added: "People who see him as this darker, more brooding guy will be surprised how good-looking and charming and romantic he is."
Film director Marc Forster subsequently offered Gosling the role of Henry Letham, a secretive and unusual psychiatrist's patient who planned suicide on the eve of his 21st birthday, in the thriller film Stay (2005, alongside Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts). Recently, he delivered a mesmerizing turn as a charismatic junior-high teacher by day and a crack addict by night in Ryan Fleck's drama film Half Nelson, based on a 19-minute film made by Boden and Fleck in 2004, titled Gowanus, Brooklyn. The film, which was premiered in competition at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, won Gosling best actor at the Stockholm Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival and National Board of Review Awards.
As for his upcoming films, Gosling will star as a hapless district attorney opposite Anthony Hopkins in Gregory Hoblit's thriller Fracture, and as the title role of a lonely, delusional young man strikes up an unconventional relationship with a life-size sex doll he bought on the Internet in Craig Gillespie's comedy Lars and the Real Girl. He is also set to star as a young homeless man taken by a bartender (played by Tom Waits) under his wing in Dagur Kári's drama film The Good Heart, and will co-star with Jim Broadbent, Rupert Friend and Gill Gayle in David Michaels' modern-day fairy tale, The Other Side.
“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.” Ryan Gosling.
An accomplished jazz guitarist and singer, Gosling has performed at The Cat Club on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. He was also a backing vocal on Canadian band soulDecision's 2000 album, No One Does it Better. Additionally, he has released a song titled "Put Me in the Car," which can be found on his website. A shrewd businessman, he also has opened a Moroccan restaurant called Tagine in Beverly Hills, California, along with two of his friends.
As for humanitarian, Gosling is involved with the ONE Campaign, which works to help the poorest people of the world overcome AIDS and extreme poverty. He is also an animal-rights activist and has written a letter to Kentucky Fried Chicken on behalf of PETA, urging the company to improve its treatment of animals. Additionally, he has traveled to Darfur and Katrina-devastated areas to assist in relief efforts.
"For now, I'm just going to keep doing the work and hope I don't get fired. If people want to put me up on their walls, I'll love it.” Ryan Gosling.
- Stockholm Film Festival: Best Actor, Half Nelson, 2006
- Seattle International Film Festival: Best Actor, Half Nelson, 2006
- National Board of Review: Best Breakthrough Performance - Male, Half Nelson, 2006
- MTV Movie Awards: Best Kiss, The Notebook, 2005; shared with Rachel McAdams
- Teen Choice: Choice Movie Actor: Drama, The Notebook, 2005
- ShoWest: Male Star of Tomorrow, 2004
- Russian Guild of Film Critics: Best Foreign Actor, The Believer, 2001