Manohla Dargis of The New York Times felt it was a treat to watch "the spectacle of that crafty scene stealer Anthony Hopkins mixing it up with that equally cunning screen nibbler Ryan Gosling ... The low-budget film was mainly improvised and Gosling has said "you had to remind yourself you were making a film".

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He was dropped by his agent and initially found it difficult to secure work because of the "stigma" attached to children's television.

After a supporting role in the football drama Remember the Titans, Gosling secured a lead role as a young Jewish neo-Nazi in 2001's The Believer.

For the latter, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and received a second Oscar nomination.

Gosling's band, Dead Man's Bones, released their self-titled debut album and toured North America in 2009.

He has been in a relationship with actress Eva Mendes since 2011, and they have two daughters together.

He became particularly close friends with Timberlake and they lived together for six months during the second year of the show.

After a three-year acting hiatus, Gosling starred in the marital drama Blue Valentine (2010), earning him a second Golden Globe Award nomination.

Gosling co-starred in three mainstream films in 2011–the romantic comedy-drama Crazy, Stupid, Love, the political drama The Ides of March, and the neo-noir crime thriller Drive–and received two more Golden Globe Award nominations.

Timberlake's mother became Gosling's legal guardian after his mother returned to Canada for work reasons.

In 2002, he told the Vancouver Sun that he initially enjoyed working on the show, but began to care too much about the series, so it was no longer fun for him.

He wanted to spend more time sitting with and devising a character as well as play a variety of roles, so he chose to enter film and not accept any more television work.