Ryan Gosling is not who you think he is.


You may be familiar with the strikingly handsome Canadian actor Ryan Gosling (and if not, you can crawl out from under your rock now).

You may have seen him all over your news feed in a series of feminist “Hey Girl” memes. You may have seen him in the waterworks-inducing film, The Notebook.

Related: If you’re still heartbroken over Gosling’s breakup with Rachel McAdams, here’s a list for you.

Point is: We thought we knew Ryan Gosling (who, by the way, recently had a baby girl with fellow mega-babe Eva Mendes.)

But we did a bit of digging — and found that Mr Gosling’s squeaky clean record isn’t as spotless as we previously assumed. In fact, he’s got a closest full of secrets as big as the wardrobe in The Chronicles of Narnia (ie. quite big).

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We don’t even know what to think any more.

Here are some of the most surprising Gosling-related facts we’ve stumbled across:

1. He corrupted Britney.

The actor, 34, feels responsible for corrupting Britney Spears during their time on The Mickey Mouse Club, teaching her all about sex and even playing spin-the-bottle with her, The Guardian reports.

“I feel somewhat responsible for how sexual she is now,” he’s said.

2. He was brought up as a Mormon.

Gosling was very religious as a child, and his parents still are. Gosling once told The Guardian: “We were pretty religious, it was a part of everything – what they ate, how they thought.”

Who would’ve guessed?

3. His accent is fake.

At a young age, he thought his Canadian accent didn’t sound “tough enough. ”


“I thought guys should sound like Marlon Brando,” he said in an interview with W magazine. “So now I have a phony accent I can’t shake, so it’s not phoney anymore.”

4. He once threw steak knives at his schoolmates.

“When I first saw Rambo, that movie put a kind of spell on me and I actually thought I WAS Rambo,” the Huffington Post has cited Gosling as saying.

“So much so, that one day, I took a bunch of steak knives to school and threw them around at recess time because I thought we were in the movie!”

He did learn a lesson from it, though, saying: “my mother said I couldn’t watch R-rated movies anymore.”

Jokes on us

Well, that’s… weird.

5. He has a creepy homemade tattoo.

A one-time tattoo artist, Gosling made himself his own tattoo with a kit, resulting in a hairy hand/cactus design.

He’s told The Guardian of his creation: “A tattoo should never be meaningful because at a certain point you’re going to hate it, and it might as well make you laugh.”

6. He didn’t want Rachel McAdams to be in The Notebook.

On-screen lovers Gosling and Rachel McAdams had a real-life romance for the two a few years after filming ended, much to our delight.

But the duo reportedly fought like cats and dogs behinds the scenes, with Gosling even saying: “Would you take her out of here and bring in another actress to read off-camera with me?”

(We are forever grateful that they didn’t.)

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In our hearts, they will always be this in love.

Fortunately, in our search for the real Ryan Gosling we also found some facts verifying that he’s a God:

1. He’s good to Girl Scouts.

He once bought out an entire Girl Scout Cookie stand and handed them out to people on the street, he admitted on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

2. He’s good with his hands.

Gosling built the car he used in Drive with his own hands. The fil’s director told IndieWire: “Ryan wanted to build his own car. So the car, the Malibu, the old gray car he drives around, he built himself. He took it apart and put it back together.”

Ditto with the table from The Notebook that he and Rachel McAdams consummated their relationship on, apparently.

3. He knits.

He just wants to sit in a room and knit all day.

He told Vanity Fair: “If I had to design my perfect day, that would be it. And you get something out of it at the end. You get a nice present.”

4. He’s musical.

An absolute all-rounder, Gosling plays the jazz guitar and the piano well.

5. Also:

Those abs.

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Click through the gallery to see more Ryan. Because even though he did that crazy thing with steak knives, he still has a lovely face:

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