Gosling gained wider recognition in 2004 with a leading role in the commercially successful romance The Notebook.
He was very kind to let me sleep on his couch when I first moved to Los Angeles until I got on my feet. I’ve lived in Los Angeles longer than I’ve lived anywhere else, so it certainly is home. So, you run into a lot of those people in the city. I felt it was very accessible in that way, because even if you didn’t like musicals, you could still connect to this film through that relationship.
Yeah, my only previous experience with dance was ’90s hip-hop, so that’s different from traditional tap. A wonderful choreographer, Mandy Moore, who works on that television show, “Dancing with the Stars.” So she’s very used to finding the diamond in the rough. I don’t know how we would have done it without them, honestly. I spend time with my family (actress Eva Mendes and their two daughters).
So, I embraced this opportunity, because it was a chance to just focus for three months and work with a great tutor and play beautiful music. If this was made in the ’40s and ’50s, your and Emma’s characters would be together in the end. Was it a big challenge for you to do that dance scene with Emma? Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70 titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media.
Certainly jazz piano is not something I ever played before, or thought that I could play. Because you remember that even though it’s such an iconic film, it started with all those ideas—in this case, Gene just writing little notes on the margins of his script.
Started his acting career as a child star on the Disney Channel’s Mickey Mouse Club, after which family entertainment programs including .
But his big breakthrough came after The Notebook in 2004, after he had the leading role in the romantic drama.
Growing up, he attended Gladstone Public School, Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School and Lester B. He watched Dick Tracy when he was a child and knew that he wanted to become an actor, and encouraged by his sister being a performer, he began performing on stage from an early age.
Together with his sister, he used to sang at weddings and perform with his uncle’s Elvis Presley tribute act.
Ryan was also involved with a local ballet company.