Acting, like all other art forms, is rather unpredictable. When you're working in an industry where your entire career is based on being the "It" guy or girl, it can be a hard role to bear.
Canadian-born Ryan Gosling is a prime example of overcoming the Hollywood hype, while developing a career that is near and dear to his heart and soul. Okay, so he does occupy a spot in the alumni of The All New Mickey Mouse Club, but he never allowed his big break to be his big break. When MMC came to an end, Ryan, like many young actors, was on a quest for the next big project. Instead, he seemed to take on smaller roles is TV series such as Young Hercules and Breaker High.
Fast forward to 2004 - the year of The Notebook - when Ryan earned him "household name" privilege - more so from women everywhere who were in search of their own Noah. Don't believe us? That same year, Ryan won the dubious honor of being named one of the 50 Hottest Bachelors by People Magazine. More importantly, he was named the Male Star of Tomorrow at the 2004 Show West convention of movie exhibitors.
Tomorrow came and went, and it wasn't until 2006 when Ryan reached the summit of his profession when he portrayed a drug-addicted middle school teacher in Half Nelson. His amazing performance earned him an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor -- soon establishing him as one of the finest actors of his generation - and possibly one if not the best Indie actor…um, ever? He makes indie films cool - with style and a "I don't give a crap what you think" attitude. Add Lars & The Real Girl and Blue Valentine (another Oscar nominated performance) into the mix, and it's pretty much case and point!
Ryan easily takes the cake for having the best year in film with two box office hits under his belt, including Crazy, Stupid, Love and The Ides of March. But the film that has moviegoers everywhere rooting for him this award season was his independent feature Drive.
The character-driven film is truly one of those rare gems that movie lovers don't seem to come across too often. Ryan's stellar performance has granted him a Best Actor nominee at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards, only to set the foundation for Oscar predictions.
The actor is currently filming both Gangster Squad and Lawless. Gangster Squad is a chronicle of the LAPD's fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 50s. Ryan plays the lead as Sgt. Jerry Wooters, alongside fellow actors Sean Penn, Nick Nolte and Josh Brolin. The only information surrounding the mysterious film Lawless are location stills surfacing of Ryan and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo breakout star Rooney Mara, canoodling at the Fun Fun Fun Festival. The actors alone have us intrigued.
We look forward to the successful career that lies ahead for Mr. Ryan Gosling.