He may have started his career working the teen scene on "The Micky Mouse Club" and "Breaker High," but the notoriously picky actor has made a name for himself as an adult by largely choosing interesting, quirky roles that showcase his natural talent.
But Gosling's star is on the rise and as New York magazine notes with this summer's "Crazy, Stupid, Love" it's just the start of his return to more mainstream roles.
The actor who has currently sporting bleach blond hair while filming "The Place Beyond The Pines," next stars alongside Carey Mulligan in "Drive" as a Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver, and in the political thriller "The Ides of March" directed by and co-staring George Clooney.
New York magazine caught up with Gosling to find out what it was like to work with Clooney as a director and not surprisingly, Gosling had only kind, although somewhat strange words for him.
"It was amazing, like watching someone try to explain a song in their head," he said of working with Clooney. " I can only compare it to seeing Michael Jackson in "This Is It," where he's trying to explain to a keyboard player how to play a certain part -- even in the sea of parts being played, he can pick that out. That's kind of what George is like. He's like Michael Jackson, basically."
And yes, that is a compliment. Gosling told the magazine:
"I love Mike Jackson. [Clooney] knew exactly what he wanted, and he was very specific. A lot of directors aren’t so clear."
For more with Ryan Gosling, click over to New York magazine.