Ryan Gosling

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Ryan Gosling has gone a long way from the Mickey Mouse Club days when he first appeared as a child performer on the popular Disney Channel kid show with fellow cast members that included Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Keri Russell and JC Chasez.

The 36-year-old Canadian actor has done a number of notable and critically-acclaimed roles such as the love-struck Noah Calhoun in the romance tearjerker The Notebook (2004), a drug-addicted teacher Dan Dunne in Half Nelson (2006), an inept loner in Lars and the Real Girl (2007), the young high school dropout Dean Pereira in Blue Valentine (2007), the junior campaign manager Stephen Meyers in the political drama The Ides of March (2011), the driver-part time movie double in the neo-noir crime film Drive (2011) and the salesman Jared Vennett in the financial drama The Big Short. Upcoming for Gosling is the sci-fi Blade Runner 2049 where he will portray LAPD Officer K with Harrison Ford, who will be Rick Deckard, a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

The actor, who is featured as jazz pianist Sebastian Wilder in the highly-acclaimed Damien Chazelle-helmed musical film La La Land, is nominated in the Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Working on the film made him recall, he admitted, his own tough audition days, especially during the early part of his years as an actor. “We had to recount a lot in the early stages of preparation the horror stories. There's a scene in the film where Emma (Stone) is in an audition. It's an emotional scene. Someone walks in on the audition and the casting director takes a call which was something that happened to me. Damien put that in the film.

“When you're an actor, the failures that you experience are just personal failures. It's not as though you're a surgeon who's experienced a failure where there's real ramifications for it. So although the failures feel intense because they're so personal, they ultimately just pale in comparison.”

For La La Land Gosling learned how to play the piano in three months. He disclosed, “I played it more times than I could count. I never got sick of it.” He took a short break from making movies, he said, when he became a father of two daughters – Esmeralda Amanda, 2, and Amanda Lee, 8 months old – with actress Eva Mendes whom he began dating in September 2011 when they did the film The Place Beyond the Pines. “When we had a child, that took a little while, took some focus,” he said.

When he’s not busy filming, he said, “I spend time with my family. I have two girls now. They are angels. It is chaos. I love it.” Home, for Gosling and his family, is Los Angeles. And since the movie, La La Land, is homage to the City of Angels, Gosling was excited to work and rediscover the City of Stars.