Ryan Gosling



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Ryan Gosling might be known to casual fans as the brooding heartthrob of the wildly popular “Hey, Girl” meme, but the Canadian star has used an eclectic range of screen personalities to show he’s not the typical sex symbol. A thoughtful actor who peels back the layers of complex, flawed characters, Gosling has revealed surprising depths as he redefines what it means to be a leading man.

Throughout his career Gosling has showed an uncanny knack for taking unconventional roles, choosing quirky outliers over square-jawed action heroes. With a reputation for risk-taking that’s been rewarded with award-worthy performances, he’s become one of his generation’s most magnetic stars. After singing his way into the award-season spotlight with Damien Chazelle’s musical drama “La La Land,” Gosling could be ready for his first bona fide blockbuster with Ridley Scott’s 2017 “Blade Runner” sequel.

Gosling also formed a production company, Arcana, in 2017 with producer Ken Kao to develop for film and television. Their first project is director Yorgos Lanthimos’ upcoming film “The Favourite.”

Born in Ontario, Canada, Gosling got his start on Disney’s “Mickey Mouse Club” alongside future stars like Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. As an adult actor he landed his breakout role as a Jewish neo-Nazi in Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner “The Believer.” He became a mainstream success starring across from Rachel McAdams in “The Notebook,” and earned an Oscar nomination for “Half Nelson.” In 2013, he helmed his first feature, “Lost River.”



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Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling Can't Stop Laughing During Interview

Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling Can't Stop Laughing During Interview

"Blade Runner 2049" stars Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling couldn't control their laughter during a visit Wednesday to the British daytime talk show "This Morning."Journalist Alison Hammond begins by telling the stars about the special liquor glasses she brought in "because these were from the original 'Blade Runner'" and she wanted to please fans with her attention to detail. "That's so cool that you did that. Are you a fan of the original?," Gosling asked. "Never seen it," she cackled,...


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