Ryan Gosling is one of those movie stars who is pretty easy to idolise, and it’s not difficult to understand why. Women want him, men want to be him… and actually now that I think about it, quite a few men want him as well.
He’s been so famous on the internet as perfectly embodying all the qualities of the ideal boyfriend that he’s even managed to spawn his own memes on Tumblr, such as “Hey Girl” – which features captioned images of the actor expressing romantic feelings, or “Feminist Ryan Gosling” which is exactly what it sounds like.
The Canadian leading-man first got into show business back in the early 90’s through Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club, before breaking out as a heart-throb with the movie adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ seminal romance novel The Notebook, alongside Rachel McAdams. In recent years, he has established himself as a dramatic actor with roles in Drive and The Place Beyond The Pines – and is set to star opposite Harrison Ford in the upcoming sequel to Blade Runner.
However, it’s clear that Ryan didn’t manage to achieve these many successes all on his own, and when presented an award at this year’s Golden Globes ceremony, he was quick to thank someone in particular for supporting his career. All you feminist Ryan Gosling fans out there might want to reach for the tissues, because this speech is a real tearjerker.
Check it out over on page two. Ryan Gosling’s Golden Globe speech was always going to tug at the heartstrings, but even we weren’t expecting this touching tribute. Accepting an award for his performance in the critically-acclaimed musical comedy movie La La Land, which grossed $85 million worldwide, Gosling thanked his co-star Emma Stone, director Damien Chazelle, and finally his partner Eva Mendes.
Gosling stated that while he had been filming La La Land, the actress and mother of his two daughters had been caring for her terminally ill brother while pregnant. “You don’t get to be up here without standing on the shoulders of a mountain of people,” Gosling stated.
“While I was singing and dancing and playing piano and having one of the best experiences I ever had on a film, my lady was raising our daughter, pregnant with our second, and trying to help her brother fight his battle with cancer,” he continued.
“If she hadn’t have taken all that on so that I could have this experience, there would surely be someone else up here other than me today. So sweetheart, thank you.”
Gosling concluded his speech by dedicating the much sought-after award to the memory of Eva Mendes’ older brother Carlos, who died last April following a protracted struggle with cancer. Unsurprisingly the actor’s many fans were quick to display their support of the speech over social media, swooning over the gesture on social media.
Personally, I can’t wait to see him hunt androids opposite Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard. In the meantime, Gosling’s been keeping himself grounded by reading out loud these hilarious tweets about himself along with Margot Robbie and Bryan Cranston.