Ryan Gosling Hasn’t Let His Daughters Watch 'Barbie' Yet

Ryan Gosling has not yet let his daughters watch the Barbie movie, at least not yet. Gosling and his actress wife, Eva Mendes, share two daughters, Esmerelda, 9, and Amada, 7.

When speaking with E! News at the 2024 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Gosling revealed that while his children played a big part in why he accepted the role of Ken, he has some mixed feelings about them seeing his performance.

“I don’t know if you should watch your father as Ken. I don’t know what age is a good age to see your father do that,” he joked. “It gets pretty crazy.”

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His daughters did get to take a trip to Barbieland and watch their father on set, however.

“They’ve seen little parts of it and they came to set one day when I did a big musical number,” he shared.

Gosling also explained how making Barbie “was a way to sort of make something both for and with them.”

I knew that they loved it because they kept saying at first, ‘Hey, can we go to Target?’” he recalled. “And we go to Target, and then they’d slowly go by the Barbie aisle. And my wife and I sort of realized, ‘Okay, I think it’s time to let them have Barbies.’ And no interest in Ken, which was pretty interesting, too.”

In that same conversation with E!, Gosling also talked about his wife and how he’d love to share the stage with her again someday. The two met while filming their 2012 movie The Place Beyond the Pines, and Gosling shared that the project “was the greatest experience I had making a film.”

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While accepting his Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at the film festival, Gosling gave a sweet shout-out to Mendes.

“I got to meet the girl of my dreams, Eva Mendes. I have two dream children. I dreamed of one day making movies and now movies have made my life a dream. So the way I see it, there’s no way I’ve contributed half as much to cinema as cinema has contributed to me,” he shared onstage.

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