Ryan Wants to Give Brokenhearted Fans a Hug

We got Ryan Gosling's hot GQ cover and equal parts heartbreaking/heartwarming highlight quote yesterday, but now here's more from the swoon-worthy photoshoot and his delightfully quirky interview. Sigh, yes, moving on from the Ryan/Rachel break-up confirmation so many Notebook devotees dreaded. I do recommend that you read the whole article — especially the part about his famously lewd dance that made him famous (The Move), but after taking in the handsome pics, there are some great quotes. Here are highlights:

  • On his career decisions:“I’ve had actors that I really respect tell me, ‘You’ve gotta surf-and-turf it in this town. One for them and one for you.’ That’s not true. It’s really three for them and one for you. And not only that—if you do three for them, you’ve set a precedent. Any way you point yourself is where you’re gonna go. If you point yourself in that direction, it’s hard to ever come back....Being an actor is like being a cat burglar. You try to get in and out without being noticed. As soon as you get famous, it’s like you’ve got a marching band with you every time you walk out of the house. And it’s harder to make people believe you as a character. And your work goes downhill.”
  • Okay, fine, more on Rachel: “The only thing I remember is we both went down swingin’ and we called it a draw...Women are mad at me,” Gosling says with a rueful smile. “A girl came up to me on the street and she almost smacked me. Like, ‘How could you? How could you let a girl like that go?’ I feel like I want to give people hugs, they seem so sad. Rachel and I should be the ones getting hugs! Instead, we’re consoling everybody else.”
  • On Lars and the Real Girl: “I cried at the end, when I read it,” Gosling says. “I just thought it was so romantic—the idea that you don’t need to be loved in return in order to love something or someone. Love can come from you. It doesn’t have to be reciprocal. People love their cars. People love all kinds of things, and they really love them. And we don’t really value that kind of love because it’s not a real, reciprocal kind of love, but it’s real love to them.”

Kind of like how we love Ryan and Rachel together? Kidding, kidding, letting it go. Lars doesn't come out until next week, but I can't wait to see him in what looks like an incredible role. Oh, and I'll definitely take an IOU from him on that consoling hug, wink.