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Ryan Gosling Said He Took on the Role of Ken for His Two Daughters—But They Have Yet to Watch 'Barbie'

 Ryan Gosling Christmas Song.
Ryan Gosling Christmas Song.

The world has gone crazy over Ken Ryan Gosling and his performance in Barbie. To us, he will never be "Just Ken," and to the two daughters he shares with his partner Eva Mendes, he isn't Ken at all, he's "Just Dad."

And, though it seems as though the entire world has seen Gosling's award-winning turn in the Greta Gerwig-directed film, at the 2024 Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Saturday, January 13, Gosling told E! News that his daughters Esmeralda and Amada haven't watched Barbie.

“I don’t know if you should watch your father as Ken," he said. "I don’t know what age is a good age to see your father do that.”

For the record, Esmeralda is nine, and Amada is seven, and Gosling has previously said that he took on the role of the iconic doll for his girls.

“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.”

And ergo is why Gosling decided to take on the role of the life-sized plastic figure as “a way to sort of make something both for and with them."

Okay, then, so why not show them the film?

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes

Gosling did say that "they’ve seen little parts of it” and "they came to set one day when I did a big musical number.” (Maybe "I'm Just Ken"?)

While their daughters haven't seen the film, Mendes has been a vocal supporter of the film and Gosling's role in it.

The actress posted a photo of the actor after "I'm Just Ken" won Best Original Song at the 2024 Critics Choice Awards, and added the caption, "I LOVE HIM!!!!"

Gosling also mentioned Mendes in his acceptance speech for the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Saturday night.

"I got to meet the girl of my dreams, Eva Mendes," he said onstage of what his career has brought him. "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."

As much as I adore this couple, I can't handle them gatekeeping Barbie from their kids. Those sweet girls deserve to watch that cinematic masterpiece!

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