Ryan Gosling said Margot Robbie brought him a beach-related gift every day on set of "Barbie."
He's secretive about his character, saying Ken's job is "just beach."
Robbie said her character, traditional Barbie, doesn't introspect or feel sexual desire.
Gosling spoke to reporter Abby Aguirre as part of Vogue's Summer 2023 cover story on Robbie. While he was hesitant to say much about how he got into character, he did reveal that Robbie, who stars in the film as traditional Barbie, would leave "a pink present with a pink bow" addressed "from Barbie to Ken" every day during filming in order to help him "understand" the character.
He didn't say how many pink presents he received in total, but he confirmed that they were all related to the beach.
"Like puka shells or a sign that says 'Pray for surf.' Because Ken's job is just beach," the "Blue Valentine" star said, referencing a line that Ken says in the movie.
"I've never quite figured out what that means," Gosling said of the "just beach" line. "But I felt like she was trying to help Ken understand, through these gifts that she was giving."
Robbie admitted that she struggled to figure out who traditional Barbie was as well and would sometimes ask director Greta Gerwig for help.
During one of those conversations, Gerwig pointed Robbie to an episode of the podcast "This American Life," featuring a woman who doesn't know how to be introspective.
"You know how you have a voice in your head all the time?" Robbie said. "This woman, she doesn't have that voice in her head."
Robbie also explained that since Barbie, as a doll, doesn't have reproductive organs, she probably doesn't have sexual desire either.
"She is sexualized. But she should never be sexy. People can project sex onto her," Robbie explained. "Yes, she can wear a short skirt, but because it's fun and pink. Not because she wanted you to see her butt."
"Barbie" is in theaters July 21.
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