Ryan Gosling is excited to play beloved plastic friend Ken in the highly anticipated “Barbie” movie — so enthusiastic that he’s coined a new term: “Ken-ergy.”
In a feverish interview dream, the Canadian actor sneaked a few Ken into a discussion that was supposed to focus on his new Netflix action thriller “The Gray Man.” But “Entertainment Tonight” couldn’t keep Ken down.
Gosling gained wider recognition and fame for the 2004 romantic film The Notebook. This was followed by starring roles in several critically acclaimed independent dramas, including Half Nelson (2006), for which he was put up for an Academy Award for Best Actor, Lars and the Real Girl (2007), and Blue Valentine (2010).
Gosling worked in three films in 2011, the comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love, the drama The Ides of March, and the action movie Drive, all of which were commercial hits.
He then starred in the financial satire The Big Short (2015) and the romantic musical La La Land (2016), which gave him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and an Academy Award for Best Actor.
Further recognition followed the sci-fi thriller Blade Runner 2049 (2017) and First Man (2018). Also, with acting, he made his directorial debut in 2014 in Lost River.
Gosling’s band, Dead Man’s Bones, put out their self-titled debut album and toured North America in 2009. He owns Tagine, a Moroccan restaurant in Beverly Hills, California.
Gosling supports PETA, Invisible Children, and the Enough Project and has traveled to Chad, Uganda, and eastern Congo to raise awareness of the conflicts in the regions.
Gosling has been involved in peace efforts in Africa for more than a decade. He is with actress Eva Mendes, with whom he has two daughters.
Ryan Thomas Gosling was conceived on November 12, 1980. He is a Canadian actor. Diploma in independent film, he has also worked in blockbuster films of various genres, grossing over US$1.9 billion worldwide. He has also won several prizes, including a Golden Globe and two Oscar and BAFTA nominations.
Born and brought up in Canada, he rose to prominence at age 13 as a child star on the Disney Channel’s Mickey Mouse Club (1993–1995) before appearing in other family entertainment programs, which include Are You Afraid of Dark (1995) Goosebumps (1996).
His film role was as a Jewish neo-Nazi in The Believer (2001). He starred in several independent films, including Murder by Numbers (2002), The Rule of Defeat (2002), and The United States of Leland. (2003).
Chris Evans’ character in “The Gray Man” calls Gosling’s character a “Ken doll” in a meta-reference to Gosling’s upcoming role as Barbie’s bleached-blonde partner.
But being called a “Ken doll” isn’t “an insult at all,” Gosling said, but a sign that Evans’ character recognized a unique vibe.
“I got that Ken-ergy he felt, of course,” he told “ET” in the first of many Ken puns. “I still feel like Ken-ergy is alive.
When Lauren Zima asked him to explain precisely what a Ken-ergy is, he just doubled down: “You have Ken in your life, and you know Ken has Ken-ergy.”
Even as Gosling fielded questions about his new Netflix movie, he found ways to give it all back to Ken, painting a complex picture of a toy with a tortured soul and an incredibly generous girlfriend.
“I think Ken’s life is even harder than ‘Gray Man’ life,” he said. “Ken has no money, job, car, or house. He’s going through some stuff.”
When Gosling touched on the details of the “Barbie” plot, he played coy. He began to obscure the lines between our reality and the reality of the “Barbie” movie.
“Whatever Barbie says is right,” he said. “It’s not what you believe it is unless it isn’t. And then you know what it is, but I don’t think it’s what you think it is. Wait, what are we talking about?”
He could not reveal more, he said; otherwise, Mattel would come in and “box him.” Playing plastic for so long has gone to Gosling’s head.