Ryan: Biography


Early Life:

Ryan Thomas Gosling was born in London (Ontario) on Wednesday 12 November 1980 at the St Joseph's Hospital.
His parents are Thomas Ray Gosling who worked as salesman at a papermill and had French-Canadian descent and Donna Gosling who was as a secretary. He has an older sister, Mandi, born in 1976. His parents got divorced when Ryan was about  13 y.o.
Thomas and Donna became Mormons after a door-to-door visit by  Missionaries, so Ryan grew up with this religion, though his mom always left him and Mandi the chance to choose.
Ryan and Mandi used to  sing together at weddings; he also performed with his uncle Perry who was an Elvis Presley impersonator.
When at the primary school Ryan was bullied at school. He was unable to read and was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), prescribed Ritalin and placed in a class for special-needs students. Then Donna, his mother quit her job and homeschooled him for a year. After returning to school, Ryan attended the Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational Schoo. He dropped out of high school at the age of seventeen to focus on his acting career.


When he was 11 he appeared in a Mormon Talent Show. 2 years later he was selected to be in the renewed Mickey Mouse Club with Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera and he moved with Donna and Mandi in Florida. 
When the contract was over, Ryan was back to Canada and he appeared in single episodes of  TV series before achieving a lead role in Young Hercules (1998-1999) and he moved to New Zealand.  He began to long for an opportunity to play a variety of characters and decided not to accept any more television work. 

After a supporting role in Remember the Titans as Alan Bosley, Ryan achieved the main role in the controversial drama The Believer in 2001. The movie won a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and Ryan starred Murder by Numbers with Sandra Bullock, Michael Pitt and Ben Chaplin. 

In 2004 Ryan acted in 2 movies: Stay by Marc Forster with Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor (the movie was released then in 2005) and the Notebook by Nick Cassavetes where Ryan starred with  Rachel McAdams. In 2006 Ryan will be the lead in the film Half Nelson and he won Best Actor category at the Spirit Awards and had his first (and so far only one) nomination for an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Broadcast Film Critics Association award as best actor. 

In 2007 Ryan  starred with Anthony Hopkins in the film Fracture and in december  Ryan got a nomination for Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and Screen Actors Guild Award for his role in Lars and the Real Girl. In 2007 he was scheduled to begin filming The Lovely Bones but he left the set two days before filming began because of "creative differences" with Peter Jackson. 
Ryan made his debut as a DJ in 2008 and in 2009 he formed Dead Man's Bones with Zach Shield. 

Following a three-year absence from the big screen, Ryan was back on the big screen in 2010 with 2 movie. The first was Blue Valentine where Ryan co-starred with Michelle Williams. The movie, because of the low-budget, was mainly improvised and  Ryan  was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama. The second was All Good Things with Kirsten Dunst. Based on a true story, Ryan played the role of New York real-estate heir Robert Durst, who was investigated for the disappearance of his wife. Also in 2010, he narrated and produced ReGeneration, a documentary that explores the cynicism in today’s youth towards social and political causes. 

2011 was a great year for Ryan (so far the best one).
He appeared in his first comedic role in Crazy Stupid Love with Steve Carell and Emma Stone.  He played Jacob Palmer and he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. The film was a box office success and it is one of most successful of Ryan's career.
Then Drive - based on the novel by James Sallis - came along.  Ryan himself could choose the Director and after watching Valhalla Rising, he decided for Nicolas Winding Refn with whom Ryan shares a great friendship. Drive was  Ryan's first action role  and the movie is yet considered a Cult one.
In his final appearance of 2011, he was directed by George Clooney in the political drama The Ides of March, in which he played Stephen Meyers, an ambitious press secretary. He partly decided to do the film to become more politically aware: "I'm Canadian and so American politics aren't really in my wheelhouse." He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama.

At the beginning of 2013 Gangster Squad hit the cinema. Based on a true story, Ryan played Sgt Jerry Wooters with Emma Stone, Josh Brolin and Sean Penn. Unfortunately, the movie - who was compared to The Intouchable and LA Noir - wasn't a big success.
The second movie released in 2013 was The Place Beyond The Pines. Ryan reteamed with Derek Cianfrance and worked with Eva Mendes and Bradley Cooper. Ryan played the role of Luke Glanton,  a motorcycle stunt rider who robs banks in order to provide for his family. The movie didn't achieve the same success as Blue Valentine. James Franco wrote a review about the movie for the Huffington Post saying "Ryan Gosling sucks all the oxigen". Though his part was brilliant, Ryan had only a nomination for Best Supporting Role in a Drama at the Satellite Award.
The third and last movie of 2013 is Only God Forgives, where Ryan re-teamed with his fellow Nicolas Winding Refn who wrote the movie years before making Drive during a bad period of his own life. The movie was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2013 but it was booed and whistled by some US journalists, the critics were really bad with the movie and it was accused to be very violent and Ryan accused to having stop acting after Half Nelson. In the interviews Nicolas WR said he was to divide the audience and he did it perfectly. There is no in-between for the movie: you hate it or you love it.

In 2014 we are expecting two movies. How To Catch A Monster, the first movie as Director who was shot in Detroit between May and June 2013. In the cast we have Christina Hendricks (that worked with Ryan in Drive as Blanche), Matt Smith (former Dr. Who), Saoirse Ronan, Iain De Caestecker and Eva Mendes.
Another movie expected to be premiered later this year is the still Untitled Terrence Malick Project, shot between Texas and Mexico from 2011 to 2012. We have little infos abou the movie. In the movie also Rooeny Mara, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender, Cate Blanchett and Bérénice Marlohe.

In 2015 Ryan is working very hard. He shot 3 movies: The Nice Guys (with Russell Crowe), The Big Short (with Christian Bale, Brad Pitt and once again Steve Carell and Marisa Tomei) and La La Land that is his 3rd movie with Emma Stone. The movies will be all released by Summer 2016.

On September 17, 2015, Denis Villeneuve announced Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford are "the actors attached to Blade Runner 2 project at the moment".

Personal Life:

Ryan lives between New York and Canada (where his family is). He spent many month in Los Angeles for his work. He is also involved in many charity stuff (Invisible Children, Peta, Project Enough among the others).
Ryan dated Sandra Bullock (2001) and Rachel McAdams (2005-2007 and briefly in 2008). Ryan himself said they were his greatest love.
Currently, Ryan is in a relationship with Eva Mendes.
On 12 September 2014, Ryan and Eva had her first daughter; her name is Esmeralda Amada Gosling.


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