Man of the mo­ment ryan Gosling

The 37-year-old ac­tor’s best-known films in­clude The Note­book and La La Land. This month, he’s star­ring in the Neil Arm­strong biopic, First Man

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ryan lives in los an­ge­les with his wife, ac­tress eva mendes, and their two daugh­ters, es­mer­alda, three, and amada, two.

my rise to fame... When I was start­ing out as an ac­tor, I was never sent out for the lead­ing roles, and the only time that changed was when I was of­fered the lead in

The Note­book. but I was hired by [di­rec­tor] nick Cas­savetes, by his own ad­mis­sion, be­cause I was the wrong guy. He said he picked me be­cause I wasn’t hand­some and I wasn’t cool. He felt that I was crazy enough to ac­tu­ally build a house for a girl I only met one sum­mer. and it sort of changed peo­ple’s per­spec­tives about me. I guess it opened a lot of doors for me.

my early mem­o­ries… the big­gest in­flu­ence was prob­a­bly my un­cle. He moved in with us when I was a kid and be­came an elvis im­per­son­ator. the whole house was taken over by this show he was putting on. I wanted to find some way to keep that feel­ing. so I joined a dance com­pany for a while, then films be­gan hav­ing an im­pact on me.

my sig­nif­i­cant oth­ers… your whole life, you hear what it’s like to have kids, and all the clichés are true. but un­til you

If I have any par­tic­u­lar ap­peal to women, maybe it’s be­cause I lis­ten more than other guys do and ap­pre­ci­ate how they think and feel about things. I grew up in a fam­ily of strong women and I owe any ca­pac­ity I have to un­der­stand women to my mother and big sis­ter. they taught me to re­spect women.

First Man… It’s re­ally hard in a film to con­vey just how small these capsules were and just how ter­ri­fy­ing it was hurtling through space in these. there were 400,000 peo­ple who had made this pos­si­ble and you get a sense that no one wanted to be the one that was the weak link.

First man is re­leased in cin­e­mas on 12 Oc­to­ber.

ex­pe­ri­ence that, there’s no way to re­ally know what peo­ple mean. eva’s the dream mother, and they’re dream ba­bies, and it’s like a dream that I’m hav­ing right heart-throb sta­tus… my role in

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