Ryan Gosling and his older sister are strengthening their bond.
During the press day for Barbie in Toronto, Canada, Ryan, 42, accompanied by his sister Mandi, 43, made an appearance. Mandi complemented her purple dress with a pink purse, while Ryan opted for a light blue suit.
In an interview with ET Canada, the siblings discussed Ryan’s portrayal of Ken in the highly anticipated comedy and reminisced about Mandi’s eventful childhood. Mandi expressed her immediate enthusiasm when she learned that her brother had been cast as the live-action version of the iconic doll, saying, “It felt like such a no-brainer to me. Of course, he’s Ken!”
She playfully told her brother, “You had to look for the Kenergy, but I always knew it was there.”
Ryan chimed in, admitting, “Yeah, I didn’t know.” Mandi interrupted, “I know. You may not have. So you had to look for the Kenergy, but I always knew it was there.” Ryan thanked his sister, saying, “Wow. That’s beautiful, thanks,” and added, “Well, she’s my original Barbie.”
However, Mandi revealed that she “never owned a Barbie.” Ryan clarified, “Because she was too busy being Barbie. Oh, she was doing all the things all the time. You know, getting me to school safely, and then she was the president of that school.”
“She had more meetings than classes,” he continued. “It was Barbie land. When I got to the set, I was like, ‘This is just like my house.'” At the Los Angeles premiere of his new Netflix action movie The Gray Man, Ryan shared his excitement about Barbie, directed by Greta Gerwig and featuring Margot Robbie.
When asked about the playful online reactions that “broke the internet” when his character as Ken was revealed, he humorously replied, “Well, the internet has been trying to break me for years. It gave me no other choice.”
Gosling added, “We’ve been having so much fun making this movie, and it felt nice to see everyone else start having as much fun as we are. I can’t wait for the film to come out and for that to continue.” Ryan had previously addressed Barbie fans who doubted his suitability to play Ken.
“If people don’t want to play with my Ken, there are many other Kens to play with,” he told GQ in a cover interview when asked about stories circulating regarding fans’ disapproval of his casting. “It is funny, this kind of clutching-your-pearls idea of, like, #notmyken,” he continued. “Like you ever thought about Ken before this?”