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…
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
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