2004's The Notebook paired Ryan Gosling with Rachel McAdams, both of whom would soon become household names due to the hugely popular (and wildly romantic) film. McAdams has also starred in such films as Mean Girls, Midnight in Paris, and the recent Sherlock Holmes adaptations.
Back in 2007, English actress Rosamund Pike played Gosling's love interest and future boss in Fracture. Her other credits include Die Another Day, Pride and Prejudice, and Jack Reacher.
Gosling's character in 2007's Lars and the Real Girl had a social disability which made it hard for him to connect with women, especially a co-worker played by Kelli Garner. He instead developed a romantic relationship with a life-size sex doll. Garner's other credits include The Aviator, Thumbsucker, and the ABC television series Pan Am.
Williams co-starred with Gosling in 2010's tragic love story Blue Valentine. In order to bring realism to their performances, the film's director insisted that the two leads move in together, along with their onscreen daughter, and live as a family between filming schedules. It worked, and Williams was nominated for an Academy Award. (She also co-starred with Gosling in 2003's United States of Leland, though they didn't share any scenes.)
The 2010 drama All Good Things starred Gosling and Kirsten Dunst as husband and wife. Some of Dunst's other notable roles have included a child vampire in Interview With The Vampire, a peppy cheerleader in Bring It On, and Mary Jane Watson in Sam Raimi's three Spider-Man films.
Carey Mulligan's character in Drive moves in down the hall from Gosling's, ultimately setting them up to cross paths and become involved. Apart from this 2011 thriller, the English actress has appeared in An Education, Shame, and the upcoming film adaptation of The Great Gatsby.
Emma Stone first starred with Gosling in 2011's Crazy, Stupid, Love. Less than two years later, she would once again play the object of his affections in Gangster Squad. And like Kisten Dunst, Stone also shares the distinction of appearing on film as Spider-Man's love interest, this time for the 2012 reboot.