|Ryan Thomas Gosling (born November
12, 1980) is a Canadian actor and musician. He is best known for his
roles in The Notebook, Half Nelson and Lars and the Real Girl.
Gosling has had no formal training as an actor. His first acting
experience was in the 1990s revival of The Mickey Mouse Club, for
which he auditioned on a whim at the age of thirteen. As a result,
he appeared in the show alongside Britney Spears, Nikki DeLoach,
Tony Lucca, Lindsey Alley, Christina Aguilera, JC Chasez and Justin
Timberlake in the show's sixth and seventh seasons. Gosling said he
was such a bad influence on the future popstrels that their mothers
complained to the studio. "I was just telling them what I'd heard
about sex," he says. "You know, the positions and stuff." Later he
appeared in other television series including Flash Forward, Young
Hercules, and Ron Oliver's Goosebumps and Breaker High. His fame
spread to the United States after he starred in the 2001
controversial drama The Believer, which won the Grand Jury Prize at
the Sundance Film Festival. This success led to future films
including Remember the Titans, The Slaughter Rule, and Murder by
Numbers. Because of his turn as the romantic lead in the 2004 film
The Notebook, Gosling was named one of People magazine's Fifty
Hottest Bachelors and the Show West Male Star of Tomorrow. In 2007, he starred in the courtroom thriller Fracture. After a three-year acting hiatus, Gosling starred in Blue Valentine, earning him a second Golden Globe nomination. 2011 proved to be a landmark year for the actor as he appeared in three mainstream films – the romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love, the political drama The Ides of March and the thriller Drive – and received two Golden Globe nominations. In 2013, he starred in the period crime feature Gangster Squad, and the generational drama The Place Beyond the Pines, and will next appear in the revenge film Only God Forgives.
Gosling's band, Dead Man's Bones, released their self-titled debut album and toured North America in 2009. He is a co-owner of Tagine, a Moroccan restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. He is a supporter of PETA, Invisible Children and the Enough Project and has travelled to Chad, Uganda and eastern Congo to raise awareness about conflicts in the regions.
What about Ryan’s "ridiculous" tattoos? In an interview Ryan gave
UK’s Guardian newspaper he said:
At one point, glancing at his hand, I see what I think must be a
fading ink stamp, and ask if he was at a club the night before. “Oh
no,” he laughs, “that’s a homemade tattoo”. He has many, apparently,
all of them “ridiculous”. “A tattoo should never be meaningful,” he
explains, “because at a certain point you’re going to hate it, and
it might as well make you laugh.”
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