He began his career as a child star on the Disney Channel's The Mickey Mouse Club (1993–1995) and went on to appear in other family entertainment programs including Are You Afraid of the Dark? His first starring film role was as a Jewish neo-Nazi in The Believer (2001), and he went on to star in several independent films, including Murder by Numbers (2002), The Slaughter Rule (2002), and The United States of Leland (2003).
Gosling came to the attention of a wider audience in 2004 with a leading role in the commercially successful romantic drama The Notebook.
Gosling is a supporter of PETA, Invisible Children, and the Enough Project and has traveled to Chad, Uganda and eastern Congo to raise awareness about conflicts in the regions.
He has been in a relationship with actress Eva Mendes since 2011, and they have two daughters together.
Rachel looked gorgeous on the red carpet in a floral Lanvin gown, and once she got inside it was hard to ignore the fact that she was sitting just two tables away from Ryan — is anyone else getting hot flashes thinking about their epic MTV Movie Awards moment back in 2005?