Ryan Gosling started his career at the tender age of 13 on the Mickey Mouse Club. He shared the spotlight with other kids who would go on to be some of the biggest names in the industry, including Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera.

Like his peers, Ryan rose to fame in the early 2000s. But not before serving his dues in various underrated 90’s television series. Shows like Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Goosebumps, Breaker High, and Young Hercules were Ryan’s introduction to the world.

His role as Noah in The Notebook (2004) made him America’s new heartthrob, which is pretty great for a Canadian in the pre-Bieber era. He and his co-star/then-girlfriend Rachel McAdams were #relationshipgoals, and every woman wanted to be in her place.


Gosling took some time off as as sex symbol to show off his acting chops. He starred in Half Nelson and Lars and The Real Girl, earning him Academy and Golden Globe Award nominations, respectively. His performance in Lars and the Real Girl, he gives us one of the most uncomfortable performances of his career. His character, a recluse who is scared of the opposite sex, exudes awkwardness, leaving us to question how someone so fine play someone so socially inept. However, it is refreshing to see a young actor play a wide variety of roles rather than playing it safe.

He came back for the heartthrob crown in Blue Valentine and then Crazy, Stupid, Love. Now, in Blue Valentine, Gosling didn’t play the perfect lover-boy. He brought depth into the love experience, showing us what it looks like to not give up when the going gets tough. In Crazy, Stupid, Love, he brought humanity to the typical playboy. On the surface he was a ladies man, but deep down he just didn’t want to end up heartbroken like his father. Gosling has the skills to make even the most unlikable characters become likable. In Drive he played his coolest, most violent role, even making being a killer sexy.

Ryan Gosling has showed us that he can’t be put in a box. He can play smart, funny, crazy, and everything in between, all while being a stone cold fox. Check out some clips of his most obscure performances from the 90’s below.

Breaker High-’97-’98

Young Hercules- ’98-’99

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