Ryan Gosling Why his first love turned him down

‘I was Ryan Gosling’s first crush’

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Contents -

He’s now a Hol­ly­wood heart­throb, but even as a boy Ryan Gosling had a way with the ladies. The La La Land star was so con­fi­dent when it came to play­ing the dat­ing game, the first girl he asked out was al­most twice his age!

Chan­tal Fran­cis – Ryan’s very first crush – says the young star was in­cred­i­bly charm­ing when he turned up at her mother’s cof­fee shop in Corn­wall, Canada, and asked her on a date. The 11year-old as­pir­ing ac­tor was a stu­dent at nearby Glad­stone Pub­lic School at the time.

“He was a very flir­ta­tious boy,” Chan­tal, now 40, tells Wo­man’s Day. “I was at the cof­fee shop one time and he asked me out.

“He was lit­tle, so I told him he was tooto young, but to come and knock­knoc on my door when he turne turned 18.”

The cute en­counter was just a year be­fore Ryan, now 36, scored a role on The All New Mickey Mouse Club – a move that launched his show­biz ca­reer.

Chan­tal went on to marry and have two sons. She still lives in Corn­wall, and re­calls the young Romeo fondly. “He was funny, charm­ing and charis­matic,” she says. “He was just start­ing out, do­ing a lit­tle run­way mod­el­ling and things like that.”

Chan­tal’s mum Ca­role Lafrance re­calls, “He said I made the best cae­sar sal­ads in the world and he’d bring his mum to have lunch on a date with him. I mean, what boy eats cae­sar salad?

“He was very po­lite,” she adds. “I could tell even then he was go­ing to go far.”

Chan­tal was the first girl Ryan ever asked out! Ryan in his Mickey Mouse Club days – there’s Justin Tim­ber­lake on the left! Ryan’s now in a re­la­tion­ship with Eva Men­des and they have two daugh­ters. What a cutie!

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