Not only is Ryan Gosling one of Hollywood’s most beloved movie stars, he’s also one of the most attractive. But Gosling wasn’t always such a household name. In fact, most people didn’t even know who he was until he starred in The Notebook, alongside Rachel McAdams. And while the film quickly launched him into Hollywood Hunk status, not everyone was so quick to place the actor under the “hot” category, including The Notebook’s director, Nick Cassavetes.
In an interview with the British magazine, Company, Gosling admitted the main reason he was cast as the lovable Noah Calhoun was because Cassavetes didn’t think he was that good looking. The Drive star explained, “The director, Nick Cassavetes, called me to meet him at his house. When I got there, he was standing in his back yard, and he looked at me and said, ‘I want you to play this role because you’re not like the other young actors out there in Hollywood. You’re not handsome, you’re not cool, you’re just a regular guy who looks a bit nuts.” Clearly Cassavetes needed his eyes checked at the time.
I found this story almost impossible to believe, since Gosling is such a prominent piece of eye candy in the entertainment industry, but it made me wonder a few things. It’s kind of like the riddle about which came first, the chicken or the egg — do we love Ryan Gosling because he’s attractive or is he attractive because we love him? This question prompted me to look back on a few photos of him during his pre-chick flick days and see if he looked any worse for wear, but I came up with nothing. He was utterly adorable even back then, so I’m really not sure what the Cassavetes was thinking.
But either way, he deserves credit for bringing Gosling into our radar. And because of that, we’re able to fully appreciate videos like this.