Ryan Gosling Interview – La La Land – “I often take my work and myself too seriously”
Perhaps it was destiny that led Canadian actor Ryan Gosling to channel Gene Kelly in La La Land, the new musical by Damien Chazelle, the Oscar-nominated director of Whiplash. Gosling, a native of London, Ontario, first honed his skills as a musical performer after moving to California where he sang and danced alongside Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears as a 12-year-old star on The All New Mickey Mouse Club TV show.
Q: Did you feel that you were getting caught up in the spirit or nostalgia of La LA Land while you were shooting it?
GOSLING: Oh, I had a lot of fun making it. I’m very excited about people getting to see it. Most of the time I’m playing brooding or very troubled, quiet kinds of guys. I often take my work and myself too seriously so getting to do this film and Nice Guys (his previous movie co-starring Russell Crowe) was a great way for me to be able to get to talk a lot, open up more, and make people laugh and enjoy themselves.
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