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Some Hollywood actors and actresses become household names and continue to be that way for the longest time. One such man who has been around for a while and has continued to impress us with his performances time and again is Ryan Gosling. Gosling has been a part of the movie and tv industry for a long time and has often been a part of blockbuster movies, which gained him a lot of popularity over the years.
Whether you recognize him from your favorite romance movie or your favorite action, we can all agree that he is one of the most versatile actors that Hollywood has ever seen. He continues to deliver some brilliant performances and will do so in 2023 as well, and we are eager to see what’s in store for this Canadian heartthrob. So, here’s everything you need to know about Ryan Gosling, from his net worth to his biography and much more:
As of December 2022, Ryan Gosling’s net worth is estimated at $70 million. This doesn’t surprise us, seeing as he has been in the entertainment industry for almost 30 years. For The Notebook, Gosling took home about $1 million. His paychecks have gotten even larger over time. He reportedly earned $8 million for his starring role in La La Land and supposedly is being paid $12.5 million for his role as Ken in the upcoming Barbie movie by Greta Gerwig. Additionally, Gosling starred in 2022’s The Gray Man for about $20 million, for which he also may have received a multi-picture bonus. He also co-owns a Moroccan restaurant, Tagine, in Beverly Hills, and we imagine that generates some additional income. Not bad for a former member of the Mickey Mouse Club.
Ryan Thomas Gosling was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London, Ontario, Canada, on November 12, 1980. He attended Gladstone Public School, Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School, and Lester B. Pearson High School. He was inspired to become an actor after watching Dick Tracy as a child. He began performing when he was very young, following in his sister’s footsteps. They sang with Elvis Perry, their uncle’s Elvis Presley tribute band, and sang together at weddings, as well. He also performed ballet as a child. He does not have much of a Canadian accent, having purposely modeled his accent on Marlon Brando’s. He dropped out of high school to focus on his acting career when he was 17 years old.
When he was 12 years old, Gosling attended an open audition for a reboot of Disney Channel’s The Mickey Mouse Club. He moved to Orlando, Florida, after being given a two-year contract as a Mouseketeer. Other cast members at the time included future pop stars Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, and Britney Spears. He became very close friends with Timberlake, living with him for six months when his mother had to return to Canada for work. They remain friends to this day.
Gosling returned home to Canada in 1995 and continued to appear in family and children’s media. Some popular shows in both the United States and Canada were Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Goosebumps, based on the popular children’s book series. When he was 18, he starred as Hercules on the Fox Kids series Young Hercules. He moved to New Zealand to film the show, but stopped enjoying it after a while and decided to search for film work. The series ran from September 1998 through May 1999.
Gosling initially experienced difficulty transitioning to a film career with a résumé full of work in children’s television. He starred in several independent films in the early 2000s, all of which were commercial failures, but he was praised for his performances. He finally gained international, mainstream attention after portraying Noah Calhoun in The Notebook, opposite Rachel McAdams. Based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same title, the film grossed over $115 million worldwide. The famous kiss between Gosling and McAdams has been called the All-Time Best Movie Kiss by Entertainment Weekly, and the film is frequently named on lists of romantic movies.
Gosling found continued success with his performance in 2006’s Half Nelson, portraying a junior high school teacher struggling with drug addiction. For the role, he earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. He next starred in Lars and the Real Girl, playing an introverted man who falls in love with a sex doll. Although his performance received positive reviews and he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, the film did not recoup its $12 million budget. However, his next role in Fracture, opposite Anthony Hopkins, was a huge success, grossing over $91 million worldwide.
Gosling starred in five films between 2010 and 2011, including Blue Valentine and All Good Things. In 2011, he appeared in his first romantic comedy, Crazy, Stupid, Love. With a star-studded cast including Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, and Emma Stone, the film grossed over $142 million, making it the second most successful film of Gosling’s career. He then appeared in his first acting role in Drive, based on the novel of the same name by James Sallis. Starring opposite Carey Mulligan and Bryan Cranston, he played the Driver, a Hollywood stunt performer by day and getaway driver by night. The film grossed $70 million with a production budget of $15 million. Finally, he co-starred with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Ides of March, directed by George Clooney. His performance was met with mixed reviews, but he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, nonetheless. Gosling took a hiatus from acting after several of his films from 2013 and 2014, including his directorial debut, failed to impress critics and audiences.
Gosling returned to acting in 2015 in The Big Short, which was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. In 2016, he appeared in The Nice Guys and starred in Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, a musical for which he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and received an Academy Award nomination. The film earned over $440 million and is one of his most commercially successful. He was praised for his singing and dancing capabilities which hadn’t really been displayed on the big screen previously. In 2017, he starred in Blade Runner 2049 alongside Harrison Ford. He signed a multi-picture deal with AGBO to star in The Gray Man franchise. The first film was released on Netflix in 2022, featuring Chris Evans and Billy Bob Thornton.
Gosling dated his Murder by Numbers co-star Sandra Bullock from 2001 to 2003. He was then in a relationship with Rachel McAdams, his co-star from The Notebook, from 2004 until 2007, briefly getting back together in 2008. He also has dated several actresses casually, including Kat Dennings, Blake Lively, Casey Labow, and Olivia Wilde.
He began dating his current partner, actress Eva Mendes, in September 2011 after meeting on the set of The Place Beyond the Pines.
Ryan Gosling is one of two children born to Donna and Thomas Ray Gosling. His father was a traveling salesman for a paper mill, and his mother was a secretary. On both sides, he is of French Canadian descent, as well as some German, Irish, English, and Scottish. He grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His parents divorced when he was 13, and he and his older sister, Mandi, lived with their mother. He shares two daughters with his partner Eva Mendes, Esmeralda and Amada.
Ryan Gosling had a good year in 2022, and we are expecting an even better year in 2023, especially with the release of Barbie. While Gosling has been a part of several movies over the decades and it might be difficult to choose, do let us know in the comments which role of his was your favorite!