He became particularly close friends with Timberlake and they lived together for six months during the second year of the show.
Timberlake's mother became Gosling's legal guardian after his mother returned to Canada for work reasons.
He lived in a small apartment in Brooklyn and spent time shadowing an eighth grade teacher. And I think that translates into the films.” In 2010, he co-starred with Michelle Williams in Derek Cianfrance's directorial debut, the marital drama Blue Valentine.
Manohla Dargis of The New York Times felt it was a treat to watch "the spectacle of that crafty scene stealer Anthony Hopkins mixing it up with that equally cunning screen nibbler Ryan Gosling ... The low-budget film was mainly improvised and Gosling has said "you had to remind yourself you were making a film".
After a supporting role in the football drama Remember the Titans, Gosling secured a lead role as a young Jewish neo-Nazi in 2001's The Believer.
Director Henry Bean said he cast Gosling because his Mormon upbringing helped him understand the isolation of Judaism.
His performance as a drug-addicted teacher in Half Nelson (2006) was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor and his performance as a socially inept loner in Lars and the Real Girl (2007) was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
After a three-year acting hiatus, Gosling starred in the marital drama Blue Valentine (2010), earning him a second Golden Globe Award nomination.
For the latter, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and received a second Oscar nomination.
where Gosling and Pitt portrayed a pair of high school seniors who believe they can commit the perfect murder.
Bullock played the detective tasked with investigating the crime.
Each actor is playing a pulp type rather than a fully formed individual, but both fill in the blanks with an alchemical mix of professional and personal charisma." Gosling had been cast as the father of the murdered teenage girl and initially felt he was too young for the role. Gosling's second on-screen appearance of 2010 was in the mystery film All Good Things with Kirsten Dunst, based on a true story.
The director Peter Jackson and the producer Fran Walsh persuaded him that he could be aged with hair and make-up changes. He played the role of New York real-estate heir Robert Durst, who was investigated for the disappearance of his wife (played by Dunst).