Ryan Gosling grinned while working on the Detroit set of How to Catch a Monster on Wednesday. He's on location getting ready for filming to begin on the thriller, which follows a single mom and her family as they are swept into a fantasy underworld. The project, also written by Ryan, puts him behind the camera as a director for the first time. His debut will star Christina Hendricks, who also made an appearance on set this week, as well as his real-life girlfriend, Eva Mendes, and Saoirse Ronan. Ryan himself won't be getting any screen time, since he declared in March that he needs a "break" from himself as much as "the audience does." He's not staying completely out of the spotlight, though, with Only God Forgives hitting theaters in July.