Ryan Gosling reveals daughters were 'confused' by him playing Ken
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Ryan Gosling reveals that his two daughters were ‘confused’ by their father being cast as Ken.
During an interview with The New York Times, in anticipation of the highly anticipated Barbie flick, the 42 year old revealed that not everyone in his family agreed that he had strong ‘Kenergy’.
Gosling, who shares two daughters with Eva Mendes - aged seven and eight - said that his kids play with the Mattel toy; however, none of which they refer to as ‘Barbie’.
According to their actor, his daughters have given them different names with complicated backstories.
“What was interesting to me is that my kids don’t just brush their hair and dress them up. None of them have names that are Barbie. They all have complicated back stories, lives, relationships, hopes, dreams. It’s incredible how intricate the world is that they’ve created,” he told the outlet.
The actor hilariously admitted that his children have quite the imagination.
“They were confused. Why Ken? They don’t even call him Ken. One of them is named Darrell. And Darrell works at a grocery store. One of the Barbies’ names is Gym Class. And Gym Class met Darrell at the grocery store, but Gym Class, she’s focusing on herself right now,” he said.
Props to Gym Class for focusing on herself. We love a boundary-setting queen.
When pressed about his daughters’ thoughts on the actor playing Ken, he replied: “He’s such a nonpresence in their world, they were like ‘What is there to play? Is there meat on that bone?’”
The Canadian also touched upon the film’s subversive nature, where Gosling plays the ‘traditional female part’ of supporting the lead, to which he admits he grew up in a household run by women.
So, naturally, he feels at home in the dazzling pink Barbie dream house.
“My sister didn’t have Barbies, but she’s my older sister and she was my hero. She walked me to school and kept me safe; she was the school president. She was my leader and I was happy to follow. This was so much about becoming a kid again, in a way, that I fell easily into that dynamic,” he said.
Oh god, could Gosling be any more perfect? We think not.
Barbie is set to be theatrically released July 20.