Ryan Gosling has proven time and again that he can do it all. From a stuntman ready to risk it all in 2011’s action adventure Drive to the enigmatic Ken in 2023’s Barbie, he has worked in several genres over the years. Besides being an amazing actor, he is also a family man.

Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling in a still from Drive

Just like Gosling gives his best to his work, he has also been known to be a great husband to fellow actor Eva Mendes and an equally great father to their children. While he prefers keeping his personal life to himself, at times, he has made a decision about his professional life to make sure that his personal life is not affected by the kind of projects he undertakes.

Ryan Gosling Opts Out of Dark Roles for His Family

Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling
Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling in a still from The Place Beyond the Pines

Every profession demands dedication and acting is no different. Being a celebrity with global fame comes with responsibilities of its own. Striking a work-life balance may become difficult at times, but Ryan Gosling has been doing well so far if his relationships with his colleagues and his family are anything to go by.

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Ardent fans of the star will know that he worked on played numerous dark roles at the beginning of his career. He collaborated with director Derek Cianfrance on two such movies, namely Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines. It was during the filming of the latter that he met Eva Mendes.

Recently, during an interview with The Wall Street JournalGosling stated that he is no longer going to take on psychologically dark roles.

“I don’t really take roles that are going to put me in some kind of dark place. This moment is what I feel like trying to read the room at home and feel like what is going to be best for all of us. The decisions I make, I make them with Eva and we make them with our family in mind first.”

Although this is probably not what fans were expecting, Gosling cannot be blamed for putting his family first as long as he keeps bringing his A-game to the movies he puts out.

Fans Are Supporting Ryan Gosling’s Decision to Shift His Career

Ryan Gosling as Ken
Ryan Gosling as Ken in a still from Barbie

The Oscar nominee has been in a relationship with Mendes since 2011. The couple share two daughters- born in 2014 and 2016 respectively. The Other Guys star retired from her acting career so that she could pay attention to her family, so it seems fair that Gosling is making decisions with his family in mind.

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Fans have shown their support to the Half Nelson star for his decision. Here is what some of them had to say:

Some fans are disappointed that he will no longer appear in such roles as they believe he did a good job with the dark roles. That being said, it is good to see him prioritize his family.

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