His Parents are Thomas and Donna Gosling.
He has an older sister named Mandi Gosling.
Ryan was born in a Mormon family and when his parents decided to divorce, he moved to his mother and his older sister, Mandi.
His Nicknames: Trouble (when he was a kid) and also Opie (that means good guy).
At School he was hyperactive, he had trouble in reading and was constantly looking for a fight, thinking to impress the girls “but it never worked”, he said.
When he was 6 and after watching ‘First Blood’ he took steak knives to school and threw them at other children during recess. He got suspended.
Ryan always knew he wanted to be part of the show biz. When he was a kid he used to help, as assistant, his uncle, a Elvis Impersonator, at weddings ceremonies.
He was born in the same hospital as Rachel Mcadams.
When he was a child he performed in an epic interpretation of “Everybody Dance Now’.
As kid Ryan took ballet classes, but he stopped because he wasn’t good enough.
During the ‘Mickey Mouse Club’ period he used to live with Justin Timberlake and his mother, who was his legal guardian.
He is an accomplished jazz guitarist and he loves Chet Baker.
One of his fav food is Calamari.
Among his fav movies we have ‘Blue Velvet’, ‘Roman Holiday’ and ‘East of Eden’, among others.
One of his favourite actors is Gene Wilder.
He is distant cousin of Justin Bieber and Avril Lavigne, both Canadian Artists.
After being in ‘The Notebook’ he worked in a Sandwich Shop in L.A.
He opened with 2 friends a Moroccan Restaurant in Beverly Hills called Tagine, still opened. He spent all the money he had in that restaurant and he did all the plumbing work by his self.
Once he bought a whole stand of biscuits sold by scouts and distributed them to people on the street.
Britney Spears used to play the bottle game with him.
He believes there’s an army of cats in Disneyworld Park that comes out at night to eat all the mice.
His perfect day would be sitting in a room and knitting all day.
According to him, the worst insult would be to treat him as “retarded hipster”.
Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields, his band pal, share the same passion for sinister things and ghosts.
Rachel McAdams and Ryan didn’t get along with each other during the filming of ‘The Notebook’.
After Hurricane Katrina, he loaded a car and went to Mississippi to help build a monastery.
His favorite place in Los Angeles is Disneyland. He often goes alone to the theme park, wearing a hat and headphones.
Ryan used @RonnyBrosling account on twitter in 2011 for a while cause his name was taken.
Ryan Gosling has an official twitter account: @RyanGosling.
He doesn’t use social media very often tho.
He had a dog – George – who was one of the biggest love of his life, a special friend; George passed away last December 2017.
Braydon Szafranski is the guy from who probably Ry took inspiration for his role in the movie ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’. Braydon, is a pro skater and a friend of Ry.
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Ryan went to Lester B. Pearson High School in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
Born in London, Ontario, and moved soon after to Cornwall, Ontario, where he was raised. Then moved to Burlington, Ontario, during his high school years.
He was Born at 2:34 PM.
Was taken out of elementary school as a child and taught at home by his mother because of constant abuse from other students.
Was in a relationship with Sandra Bullock, having met on the set of Murders by Numbers (May 2002-July 2003).
Was named one of People Magazine’s 50 Hottest Bachelors 2004
Purchased the Jeep Cherokee driven by Ben Chaplin in Murder by Numbers (2002) from the set of the movie.
Keeps in touch with his Breaker High (1997) co-star Scott Vickaryous.
Beat out 17,000 people for a place in MMC (1989) in January 1993.
He was named the 2004 Sho West Male Star of Tomorrow.
Was in a relationship with Rachel McAdams twice, having met on the set of ‘The Notebook’ (2004). They were originally together from June 2005 to July 2007 before reconciling in August 2008, only to separate a second time in November 2008.
He moved to Los Angeles, California when he was 16.Took his mother and his sister to the Oscars in 2007.
Travelled to Chad in 2005 to make a documentary on the Darfur refugees living there.One of 115 people invited to join AMPAS in 2007.
He actually lives in Los Angeles, Los Feliz with his family.
Was ranked #23 on Entertainment Weekly’s ’30 Under 30′ the actors list. (2008).
According to an interview in GQ, he was the only Mickey Mouse Club cast member that didn’t live in the same complex as all the other cast members and their families. He and his family lived in a nearby trailer park and he was the family’s only source of income.
Ryan used to drive the same color and year model 2011 Chevy Impala in both Drive and Ides of March.
He first saw Blue Velvet (1986) when he was 14 years old. This movie left a strong impression on him.
He is of roughly half French-Canadian ancestry (from both of his parents combined), along with English, Scottish, Irish, and about 1/32 German. The “Gosling” surname originates in England, where Ryan’s great-great-grandfather, George Edward Gosling, was born (in Paddington).
Touring the U.S. and Canada with his band, Dead Man’s Bones, in support of their debut album. [October 2009]
He and Benicio Del Toro made tentative plans to visit the jungle in Bolivia, to learn a few survival skills first-hand for Che – Guerriglia (2008) (aka “Che”). [August 2004]
He announced that he plans to take an unspecified “break” from acting because he feels as if he has “lost perspective on what I’m doing.” [March 2013].
Became a father for the 1st time at age 33 when his girlfriend Eva Mendes gave birth to their daughter Esmeralda Amada Gosling on September 12, 2014.
Was mentioned in two movies in 2014: Maps to the Stars (2014) and Birdman (2014).
A series of videos, entitled “Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal”, which feature clips from various Gosling films with a spoonful of cereal superimposed over the footage, went viral in 2013, receiving millions of views on Vine and YouTube. When the creator of the videos, Ryan McHenry, passed away from osteosarcoma in May 2015, Gosling posted his own video on Vine, in which he can be seen eating a bowl of cereal in tribute to McHenry. He also offered his public condolences to McHenry’s family. He sent a bunch of flowers to the grieving girlfriend of Ryan McHenry. His heartbroken partner Joanne McGuiness, 26, posted a picture of the bouquet on her Facebook account, and was clearly touched by the actor’s thoughtful gesture.
In 2016 Ry on his way to a restaurant in Palm Springs, California, with his girlfriend, actress Eva Mendes, to celebrate her birthday, while together, almost ran over a dog who had dashed out onto the highway. It was a close call on Gosling’s part and he wanted to make certain no other driver actually succeeded in accidentally running over the tiny, white pup. Ry immediately hopped out of his car to scoop the dog into his arms … before returning the lost pet to his rightful owner nearby.
But Ry makes heroic acts on a daily basis:
He slammed a Costco supplier for animal cruelty and lobbied for an end to caged pigs.
He is a champion of the canines. He’s previously described George, a senior dog he adopted from a Los Angeles shelter in 2000, as “the great love” of his life.
He once told U.K. paper The Independent:
“I wanted George here today, you know, doing interviews with me … normally, I take him everywhere, I have special paperwork so he can travel with me wherever I go. Can we just talk about George?” Two words: So relatable.
In 2011 he stopped a fight broke out on the streets of New York City between a street artist and and a thief who had stolen one of his works. Ry not only broke up the fight but wound up paying for the painting. He has since said he wishes he “kept his nose out of it” but we’re fairly sure he’s alone in that one.
He once saved a journalist from a passing taxi in NYC (she later penned an article telling everyone to calm down about the incident).
Kirsten Dunst has revealed that her co star Ryan in the movie ‘All Good Things’ gave her flowers because he felt bad about pulling her hair during one of their harrowing fight scenes. She said: “It visibly bothered him in the scene where he rips me up by my hair at my mother’s house. We had a stunt guy there and he was like, ‘Get her by the roots! It doesn’t hurt as much.’ But also I went with him — it wasn’t like I was pulling against him or anything, so it didn’t hurt me. But he was so upset doing that that he sent me flowers the next day. So it was hard for him.”
Appeared in two films with Michelle Williams: The Unites States of Leland (2003) and Blue Valentine (2010). They lived together for four weeks, while filming “Blue Valentine”, in a house in Carbondale, Pennsylvania.
Became a father for the 2nd time at age 35 when his girlfriend Eva Mendes gave birth to their daughter Amada Lee Gosling on April 29, 2016.
Has starred in four films specifically set in Los Angeles (Drive, Gangster Squad, The Nice Guys, and La La Land). Additionally, he has starred in seven films set in New York (The Believer, Stay, Half Nelson, Blue Valentine, All Good Things, Place Beyond the Pines, and The Big Short).
By fans in public, he often gets confused for fellow Canadian actor named Ryan, Ryan Reynolds.
He is one of three males born in 1980 or after to have received more than one Academy Award nomination for acting (for Half Nelson (2006) and La La Land (2016). The other two are Jonah Hill and Eddie Redmayne.
He played all his filmed piano-playing scenes in La La Land, learning to play the instrument in the months before shooting.
Is one of four actors born in 1980 or after to have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor (he has been nominated in the category twice). The other three are Jesse Eisenberg (born in 1983), Eddie Redmayne (one win, one nomination) (born in 1982), and Andrew Garfield (born in 1983).
He Can speak some basic, conversational Spanish. He began learning in 2011 after starting to date longtime friend and costar Eva Mendes.
He said in 2012 he was attempting to read Zoe Valdes’ Café Nostalgia in Spanish, and his two daughters with Mendes are being raised bilingual.
In 1992 he was the only boy with a group of girl dancers in a tv talent show.
Gained 60 lbs to play Jack Salmon in Amabili resti (2009) by eating melted ice cream. Ultimately he was fired due to creative differences which left him, in his words, “fat and unemployed”.
Ryan Projects in Charity, Animal Rights, Justice and Civil and Human Rights
Ryan is an activist for the ENOUGH Project, a nonprofit human rights organization affiliated with the Center for American Progress.
Find out more about this important movement here
Ryan (picture below) visited Eastern Congo to meet with survivors of the country’s deadly war in December 2010.
Ryan Gosling and Enough Founding Director John Prendergast, a famous American Activist, have a long history of working and traveling together in Africa. Ry and Prendergast traveled to northern Uganda in 2008 and eastern Congo in 2010. After the trips, the two took their message in support of peace and human rights to the U.S. Congress, to the United Nations, and to various media outlets. Beyond those trips, Gosling was a judge for Enough’s “Come Clean for Congo” YouTube contest and was featured as a speaker at the 4th Annual Campus Progress Conference in 2008. Along with Prendergast, Ry appeared on ABC’s “Be Seen, Be Heard” broadcast in March 2007. Ryan has also contributed his personal story to the book The Enough Moment, co-authored by Don Cheadle and John Prendergast. With George Clooney, he helped launch the Satellite Sentinel Project, which aims to prevent conflict and human rights abuses through satellite imagery. With Tracy McGrady and other NBA players, he co-founded the Darfur Dream Team: Sister Schools Initiative to fund schools in Darfurian refugee camps and create partnerships with schools in the United States.
He helped launch two big campaigns: ‘Raise Hope for Congo’ and ‘Sudan Now’, focused on bringing peace to that embattled countries.
Here’s the link to read the article Ry wrote after his travel in Congo
From the scenes he captured, Ryan created a video for the ENOUGH Project’s “Raise Hope for Congo” campaign working to create a permanent solution to Congo’s war. Ryan previewed in 2011 Original Footage From Congo on Jimmy Kimmel Live and charged the video on his Vimeo Channel, now cancelled.
Unfortunately, the video he made during the visit, is no longer available.
Peta and Animal Rights
Ryan is involved in Peta
Peta: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights Organization in the world, with more than 6.5 million members and supporters.
In 2003 Ry wrote a letter to KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) to implement PETA’s recommended basic animal-welfare standards and to try to stop abuses on millions of chickens who are raised and killed every year for KFC restaurants.
In 2013 he wrote another letter after learning that dairy farmers routinely mutilate calves in a cruel process called dehorning. When he heard that workers burn away calves’ horn tissue with hot irons or caustic chemicals, gouge their horns out with sharp metal scoops, or chop off developed horns with guillotines and handsaws, he took his concerns straight to the top. He wrote to Jerry Kozack, president and Ceo of the National Milk Producers Federaration to require farmers to phase our dehorning by breeding for polled, or naturally hornless, cattle.
In 2015 Ry wrote to Costco’s CEO to try to eliminate cage confinement from the company’s egg supply demanding the warehouse club stock cage-free eggs after a video footage, obtained by the The Humane Society, was aired online.
The Video footage revealed abhorrent cruelty including rows upon rows of birds confined in filth-laden cages with the mummified corpses of their cage-mates —eating, sleeping, defecating, and laying eggs on top of dead birds — and hens’ wings, legs, and necks trapped in the corroded wires of their battery cages.
In 2005 many US States were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
Ryan packed a car filled with supplies and headed alone to Biloxi, Mississippi, to help rebuild a monastery.
Documentary I’m still here 2005
In 2005 Ryan and others actors – Zach Braff – Kate Hudson – Oliver Hudson – Brittany Murphy – Amber Tamblyn – Elijah Wood and Joaquin Phonix – gave his voices to this documentary on the Holocaust. Ryan gave his voice to Ilya Gerber.
The documentary was based on the book Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust by Alexandra Zapruder and was then developed by MTV and directed by Lauren Lazin.
The doc has been donated to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Simon Wiesenthal Center to be screened as a part of their permanent collection.
Documentary ReGeneration 2010
The Doc explores the inherent cynicism found in many of today’s youth and young adults, and the influences that perpetuate our culture’s apathetic approach to social and political causes. The film features three intersecting stories of students, parents, and artists all looking for their place in society. Together they capture the thoughts and feelings of today’s struggling generation as some of the worlds leading scholars, activists, and media personalities provide their insight into the ideas and movements that can inspire change.
Ryan is producer and narrator for this doc.
About Ryan, Montgomery said:
“It is an honor to work with one of the most talented and intelligent artists of our generation. As a socially conscious individual himself, Ryan brings an inspired freshness to the films core message of hope and action. There is truly no better voice to guide us through this film.”
ReGeneration had its world premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2010,where the film won the Youth Jury Award for Best FutureWave Feature.
White Shadow 2013
Directed by Noaz Deshe, who is great friend with Ryan (he was also with Dead Man’s Bones during their tour and was in talk with Ryan for making a movie about LRA), the movie won in Venice 2013 and got a nomination at Sundance in January 2014. ryan is executive producer.
The movie is the story of Alias, a young albino boy on the run. After witnessing his father’s murder, his mother sends him away to find refuge in the city. He’s brought to the care of his uncle, Kosmos, a truck driver struggling with a few small businesses. In the city, Alias is a quick learner, selling sunglasses, DVDs and mobile phones. He is fond of his uncle’s daughter, Antoinette, although his uncle disapproves. Gradually the city becomes no different than the bush and wherever Alias travels the same rules of survival apply.
Ryan against Slavery
Ryan supports EJI The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. Ryan often uses his official twitter account to support this cause.
Ryan supports the ONG Invisible Children that focuses on the protection of vulnerable communities from violence and exploitation, elevates local solutions, and adapt in volatile and unpredictable environments.
Ryan loves women. He’s justifiably fiercely proud of his mother, whom he took to the Oscars as his date.
‘I feel like I think like a woman, because I grew up with my mother and my sister so I’ve just been programmed to think like a girl,’ he told The Telegraph.
‘I’m attracted to films that have strong female characters because there are strong female characters in my life. That’s my own reality so it’s a doorway into a world for me.’
He called out the ‘patriarchy-dominant society’ when the MPAA gave Blue Valentine an NC-17 rating due to its sex scenes. Ryan wrote to them arguing ‘It’s misogynistic in nature to try and control a woman’s sexual presentation of self.’
Most recently, Ryan paid tribute to the unpaid work that mothers do when he won a Golden Globe for La La Land. He publicly thanked actress Eva Mendes for putting her career on hold to look after their children so he could continue with his.
‘While I was singing and dancing and playing piano and having one of the best experiences I ever had on a film, my lady was raising our daughter, pregnant with our second, and trying to help her brother fight his battle with cancer,’ he said.
‘If she hadn’t have taken all that on so that I could have this experience, there would surely be someone else up here other than me today. So sweetheart, thank you.’
Ryan has 4 real tattoos:
“A tattoo should never be meaningful, because at a certain point you’re going to hate it, and it might as well make you laugh.”
First Tattoo Story is: The Giving Tree. When Ry was a child, Donna, Ryan’s mom, used to read for him the book “The Giving Tree”. Grown up he tattooed on his left arm the cover of the book. In Cannes (2010) Ryan gave an interview with Vulture and said his thought about the book:
“That book is so f***ed up; that story’s the worst. I mean, at the end the tree is a stump and the old guy just sitting on him; he’s just used him to death, and you’re supposed to want to be the tree? F*** you. You be the tree. I don’t want to be the tree”.
Tattoo story n. 2: this is on his left forearm, it is self-made and even if it seems to be a cactus or as Ry said recently @GNS, a chicken making love with a cat, actually it represents the hand of a monster dropping a bloody heart … love spooky Ryan.
And W.H.R?? Stands for Werewolf Heart Records, That’s the label for Dead Man’s Bones first album.
Tattoo story n.3: another Handmade tattoo, a sort of barcode. He did it in 2007. Read what he said to a journalist:
“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,” said Ryan, “that’s a homemade tattoo”.
Tattoo story n. 4: The last tattoo is on his left inner arm. It depicts a Ghostly Lady with a Skeleton. It represents Theda Bara and she was a famous actress in the silent era. She appeared in more than 40 movies between 1914 and 1926.
In some of his movies you can see other tattoos but they’re fake and Temporary tattoos.
In 2016 Ryan is in Budapest filming the Blade Runner sequel and made this Omaze Video to invite people entering the contest to have the chance to meet Him and Harrison Ford on set. All donations of $10 or more supported Enough Project, Imerman Angels and the Hummingbird Foundation.