Ryan: ‘be­ing a good Fa­ther is my pri­or­ity’

WE CAUGHT UP WITH THE STAR OF THE NICE GUYS, RYAN GOSLING, SHORTLY BE­FORE THE BIRTH OF HIS SEC­OND CHILD TO TALK COM­EDY, FATHERHOOD AND HOW HE AND PART­NER EVA MEN­DES NEVER FIGHT…

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Ryan, you seem to be in­dulging your comic sen­si­bil­i­ties again with your work in The Big Short and now in The Nice Guys…

I like do­ing come­dies. I loved do­ing The Nice Guys and work­ing with Rus­sell [Crowe]. It was a great script and Shane Black had a very clear take on the kind of at­mos­phere he wanted to cre­ate. That al­ways makes it so much eas­ier to get into it and en­joy your time work­ing on the film.

Does be­ing a dad make you want to in­dulge your lighter side?

I think it does. I’ve never had so much en­joy­ment as I’ve had be­ing a fa­ther even though I’ve never slept so lit­tle in my life [laughs]. I don’t think I would have wanted to do a very dark film dur­ing the past year. It would have been hard get­ting into that mood and then com­ing home to laugh and play with my daugh­ter.

Has fatherhood changed you?

I don’t know. I al­ways wanted to have chil­dren and not hav­ing had a fa­ther present when I was grow­ing up, I’m prob­a­bly try­ing harder to be the best fa­ther pos­si­ble. I’m very lucky to be with such a won­der­ful woman and have such a won­der­ful fam­ily.

You grew up in the com­pany of women. Now you have two more women in your life!

I love be­ing sur­rounded by women! I love hav­ing a daugh­ter and I look for­ward to when she’s older and hav­ing that same kind of rap­port that I’ve had with my sis­ter. Most im­por­tant of all right now is be­ing a good fa­ther and keep­ing our lit­tle fam­ily happy and healthy. When you be­lieve in some­thing so pas­sion­ately, ev­ery­thing be­comes a plea­sure.

Have you learnt any Span­ish since you and Eva be­came a cou­ple?

Un po­quito! My ac­cent isn’t bad, but my vo­cab­u­lary is still pretty lim­ited. I’m lucky that Eva is very pa­tient with me. I al­ways tell her that if she would ever get re­ally mad at me – it hasn’t happened yet, hon­estly – that she should yell at me in Span­ish. That way I could never re­ally get an­gry ei­ther be­cause I couldn’t un­der­stand any­thing she’d be say­ing! [Laughs]

The Nice Guys is out 3 June

Damn you, Eva Men­des. Damn you

Not even that tie could make us stop lov­ing Ryan

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