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Interview with Ryan Gosling

From "The Notebook"


Ryan Gosling Rachel McAdams

Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams star in "The Notebook"

Photo © New Line Cinema
What does it take to be an actor?
Acting isn't that hard, really. I mean, I think that people make a big deal about it, but you just kind of try to say your lines naturally. You try to make them sound like you're saying them for the first time, but that's about it. I think that it's an interesting job. I think that you can sort of have your own personal journey and you know, you can just kind of apply that to whatever characters you’re playing.

What are you confident about?
(Laughing) I don't know. That's a big question. I don't know how to answer that one. I think that Noah is a ‘one’ guy. He's a person who has one pair of shoes that he likes and one thing that he likes to eat and one friend and one parent and one of everything. And I think that he saw Allie and just decided that she was the one girl that would be in his life. So I think that it all just kind of fit.

Has anyone ever encouraged you when no one else did?
Oh yeah. I've got some really great people in my life. I think that I have a great mom who's always been supportive of me.

No matter what you wanted to do, even act?
Yeah, I don't know. Acting is tricky because you never know really how long it's going to last for you and careers are so short, for the most part. So I think that like any mother, she worries about that. But even when I was in school, she took me out of school for a year to teach me. She homeschooled me. I think that that meant a lot to me and she showed me a lot of support. I was like in the fifth grade or something, but wasn't really cutting it. So she kind of took the time to do that.

When did you know you wanted to be an actor?
I'm still not sure that I want to be an actor. I'm still waiting to get a real job.

What led you to it? Did you study acting?
I didn't study. I really don't know why I'm here talking to you, to be honest. It just happened. It's certainly very nice and I enjoy it, but I don't know exactly why.

How did it happen?
Well, my sister was a performer, like a singer. So when I was younger, she was doing things like that. I think that I kind of just wanted to be around that or showed some interest in what she was doing. Then I got this television show in Florida, “The Mickey Mouse Club Show.” I wasn't really on it that much. I just basically road a lot of the rides at Disneyland while they were shooting. But that just kind of happened and really, I've just been fortunate. I don't know.

Did you audition for “The Mickey Mouse Club Show?”
Yeah. Well, my sister had read in the paper that they were auditioning for that in Montreal. I didn't really play sports or anything so I really wasn't doing a whole lot. I was just kind of getting into trouble. So I was trying to find something to do and she was too old audition for it. I thought, “Well, maybe I'll go.” I went and I don't know how it happened because I can't sing or dance or act really, but I sort of went in and I ended up getting on somehow.

And this was with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera?
It was.

Do you remember Spears from back then?
I don't know if I knew her exactly. But she was definitely on the show.

And you’ve got “Stay” coming up. What can you say about that film?
It's interesting. Mark Forrester directed it. Roberto Schaffer was the DP. It's extremely visual. I don't think that I've ever seen anything like it. Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts are in it. It's interesting. I don't really know how to explain it other than it was a really great experience.

Who do you play?
Essentially, this character goes to his therapist and says, “I'm going to kill myself on birthday,” which is in two days. And the therapist is Ewan McGregor and he has a couple of days to try and stop the suicide. But as he gets involved in this kid's world, his world starts to come apart and he starts to challenge what's real and what's not.

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