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Ryan Gosling talks about his current role as playboy Jacob Palmer in the new film, “Crazy, Stupid, Love”

Kam Williams
Ryan Gosling talks about his current role as playboy Jacob Palmer in the new film, “Crazy, Stupid, Love”
Ryan Gosling plays Jacob Palmer in the comedy “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” (Photo: Warner Bros.)

Author: Warner Bros.Ryan Gosling plays Jacob Palmer in the comedy “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”

Ryan Gosling talks about his current role as playboy Jacob Palmer in the new film, “Crazy, Stupid, Love”

Born in Ontario, Canada, on Nov. 12, 1980, Ryan Gosling has been honored for his work in a broad range of roles in both independent films and major motion pictures. In 2007, he earned both an Academy Award nomination and an Independent Spirit Award in the Best Actor category for his compelling portrayal of a dedicated but troubled inner-city teacher in “Half Nelson.”

A year later, he received Golden Globe, SAG Award and Critics’ Choice Award nominations for his work in the title role of the indie film “Lars and the Real Girl.” In 2011, he landed another Golden Globe nomination, and his third Critics’ Choice Award nomination opposite Michelle Williams in the romance drama “Blue Valentine.”

Gosling will next be seen in the action drama “Drive” which recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival where it was nominated for the Palme D’Or and won the award for Best Director.

The film is slated for release this September. His upcoming films also include “The Ides of March,” in which he stars alongside the picture’s writer/director, George Clooney.

Gosling made his feature film debut in 2000 opposite Denzel Washington in the real-life sports saga “Remember the Titans.” But his breakout role arrived the following year in “The Believer,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. In it, he portrayed a virulent anti-Semite who turned out to be Jewish.

His latest film “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” is an ensemble comedy co-starring Julianne Moore, Steve Carell, Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon and Marisa Tomei.

Hi Ryan. Thanks for the opportunity to speak with you.

Thank you, Kam.

I really enjoyed “Crazy, Stupid, Love” as much as your dramatic work.

All right!

What interested you in doing this film?

I wanted to work with Steve Carell.

How similar are you in real-life to your character, Jacob Palmer?

I’m actually more like Steve Carell’s character, Cal Weaver.

What message do you think people will take away from the film?

That’s up to them. I’m not the boss of them.

Future astronaut John Glenn had baseball great Ted Williams as his wingman during the Korean War. How comfortable was it to have Steve Carell as your wingman?

This was my first comedy. So, if you have to lose your creative virginity, you’d want to lose it to Steve Carell.

What inspired you to speak out against the genocide in Darfur, and how can we help the people there?

Well, I feel lucky to have been provided an opportunity to visit Darfur. I would just encourage people to educate themselves about what’s happening there, and why it’s happening, so that they can then make an informed decision on their own about how they’d like to help.

How important is spirituality to you, how do you express your spirituality and where and how do you find spiritual nourishment?

I find spiritual nourishment through not discussing it. It’s something that’s very personal, and I prefer to keep it to myself.

Same here. I live a block from the forest, and I like to go for a long walk in the woods for at least an hour every day.   

Oh, wow! An hour every day? That’s nice! I’m jealous.

Do you ever wish you could have your anonymity back?

I can still have it, depending on where I travel.

Now that Christian Bale has finally won an Oscar, it looks like you’ve inherited the mantle of being the best actor who’s never won one. How do you feel about that?

[Laughs] I’m honored.

If you could change one thing about Hollywood, what would that be?

That it would be in New York.

As a fellow Canadian, I am very proud that you were the first Canadian to receive a Best Actor Oscar nomination in 62 years. How did you feel about this recognition?

Again, as an honor.

What is your secret for not being typecast?

I don’t give away my secret. That’s my secret.  

What is the most challenging aspect of your work as an actor?

Interviews.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Romantic comedies.

What was the last book you read?

“Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World” by Haruki Murakami.

What was the last song you listened to?  

“My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It” by Rickey Nelson.

What is your favorite dish to cook?

I like to make cereal because you don’t have to cook it. [Laughs]

When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

That guy from “The Notebook.”

Do you know how crazy women are about that film? It really has quite a loyal cult following.  

I’ve heard that rumor.

If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for?

More wishes.

How do you get through the tough times?

You have to laugh to keep from crying.

How introspective are you?

Obviously not introspective enough to answer that question.

What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?

Make your own movies. You don’t have to do it the way I did it anymore. You don’t really have to move to L.A., do auditions, get an agent and deal with all that nonsense. You can just make a movie with your friends and put it online.