Ryan Gosling Story
Ryan Gosling is a Canadian musician and actor, best known for his roles in The Notebook, Crazy, Stupid, Love’ and Half Nelson. He began his career in television before making it big in movies.
He is also working for several social causes including AIDS research, animal care, and poverty relief.
Ryan Gosling was born on November 12, 1980, at London, Ontario. His father Thomas Ray Gosling was of a Scottish, English and French Canadian descent. He worked as a traveling salesman for a paper mill. Ryan’s mother worked as a secretary and was qualified for teaching in schools.
Ryan had his schooling at Gladstone Public School, Lester B Pearson High School and Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School. He faced bullying during early school years and had no friends till the age of 14. He was suspended from school for a year for throwing steak knives at other children being influenced by action film First Blood. He had difficulty in reading and had ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). His mother quit her job to teach him at home. By the age of 17, he stopped his school studies.
Early Music-Acting Career
Despite his academic setbacks, Ryan appeared in talent shows along with his elder sister Mandi. He also performed at weddings and functions. He performed for a local ballet company. He began to model his accent listening to Marlon Brando as he considered his voice to be weak.
His acting career got a good break with a two-year contract for Disney Channel’s Mickey Mouse Club (MMC) in 1993. The audition for MMC was done in Montreal in which he outperformed 17,000 people to get a role as Mouseketeer. He had to move to Orlando, Florida and had the fortune to work with Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Christina Aguilera. He greatly values those two years that enabled him to get a sense of focus. He also performed in Canadian TV series-Are You Afraid of the Dark (1995), Goosebumps (1996), the Fox Kids Adventure series Young Hercules (1998) in New Zealand, Breaker High (1997).
His film debut was made in Remember the Titans (2000) where he co-starred with Denzel Washington. His major film breakthrough happened in 2001 with The Believer in which he did the role of a Jewish neo-Nazi. The film won a Grand Jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival. His work began to be noticed by the audiences after the release of The Notebook in which actress Rachel McAdams was starring. In Half Nelson (2006), he enacted the role of drug-addicted teacher Dan Dunne. It earned him an Academy Award nomination.
Other notable films are Fracture (2007) in which he played the role of a young prosecutor opposite Anthony Hopkins. He soon became Hollywood’s most popular sex symbols having acted in diverse roles. In Blue Valentine (2010), he plays opposite Michelle Williams which became quite popular. In the film Crazy, Stupid, Love (2012), he plays the role of a smooth ladies’ man who guides a man going through divorce on how to win over women. He co-starred with George Clooney in The Ides of March in which he plays the role of a savvy press secretary to a politician.
His recent successes include Only God Forgives (2013), a crime drama, Lost River (2014), his directorial debut in which Christina Hendricks plays the role of a beleaguered mom. In 2016, he starred in The Nice Guys opposite Russell Crowe and also starred in the musical comedy opposite Emma Stone in La La Land.
Ryan Gosling is in relationship with Eva Mendes, who is his co-star in the movie The Place Beyond the Pines. They have two daughters Esmeralda Amada Gosling and Amada Lee Gosling. Ryan also owns a Moroccan restaurant in Beverly Hills.
In 2004 after the release of Notebook, he was named the 50 Hottest Bachelors by People magazine. He won the Best Actor nomination for Academy Awards for Half Nelson (2006).
Independent Spirit Award
MTV Movie Award
Teen Choice Award