Behind-the-Scenes Video of Ryan Gosling Playing Piano in ‘La La Land’ (EXCLUSIVE)

For his Oscar-nominated role in “La La Land,” Ryan Gosling spent three months learning to play the piano — so it’s somewhat of a compliment that many people ask if there was a hand double involved. “It’s all Ryan,” says writer-director Damien Chazelle, adding that there was initially going to be someone on deck just in case, but it was never needed.

New, behind-the-scenes video provided to Variety shows Gosling on set rehearsing or playing in several scenes, including the number “Start a Fire” with John Legend and at the wedding of his character’s sister.

It’s not the first time Gosling has taken on a special skill or gone to extremes for a film. For “The Notebook,” he spent two months soaking up the culture of in Charleston, SC and even learned to build furniture like his character. To put on 60 pounds for “The Lovely Bones,” a film he eventually left, Gosling would melt ice cream and drink it.

Music has always been a part of Gosling’s life; as a child, he sung and dance alongside the likes of Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears in “The Mickey Mouse Club.”

All his hard work has paid off, earning him his second best actor Oscar nod; he was previously nominated for the 2006 film “Half Nelson.” He also provides vocals on “City of Stars,” which is up for best original song.

Check out behind-the-scenes video of Gosling in “La La Land” below.

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  1. Molnár Lackó says:

    “Ryan Gosling spent three months learning to play the piano”

    Wrong!
    He even has a band, Dead Man’s Bones. You should check it, they are really good. He is a good piano player, he plays the piano for over a decade now (maybe two). Maybe you wanted to write, that he spent 3 months learning the songs. Noone can learn to play the piano on Gosling’s level in three months. Maybe some really good musicians, that are already really good at playing some other insturment, like the guitar, violin, or something. Is this article contains something, that is actually true, or you just made up the whole thing?

  2. Elaine Munson says:

    Ryan Gosling should have gotten far more attention on the Oscars for the talent he portrayed in La La Land. His piano playing and dancing and acting should have been given far more praises. Also Emma Stone should have given him ore attention in her speech, she was self absorbed and did not handle her speech with grace accepting an award that would not have been hers if not for the synergy she and Ryan had.

  3. NOwoNOO says:

    Sucks he won’t win!!

  4. You Suck says:

    Your POS site with invasive mobile pop up ads is garbage I’ll never click another Variety link again.

  5. Reg Newman says:

    Who in the world was your source. This isn’t his first ever Oscar nomination. That went to a sterling film called Half Nelson. It was great to see him in this, but not as important as that. Love the man’s dedication through the years to his craft, but absolutely adore him in non-commercial fair like that. There are so many exaggerations floating about by people connected to this new film. That I can see where it can become quite easy to be or become cynical about it. Best to check your sources not out right lie. For doing so isn’t doing it any favors.

  6. KJ says:

    Gosling is great. Just want to add that his first Oscar nod was for “Half Nelson” but he IMO was also robbed of a nod for “Blue Valentine” :)

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