Please don't mention the S-word to Ryan Gosling.
But I do anyways.
What does the new sexiest actor alive think of the whole "soul mate" idea? Ryan, 30, just smiles and wants to talk about who shares his heart these days. "Yeah, it's a dog whose name is George. Eleven years," he says of his mutt.
"He looks like Jim Henson made him. It's the longest relationship I've ever had in my life," he muses.
Ah, to be young, hot and have no time for romance (though he's very hush-hush on the status of his relationship with Eva Mendes). Gosling's star is rising with hits like this summer's Crazy, Stupid, Love, and now, a hot political film directed by another hottie named George Clooney. He also plays a mystery man behind the wheel in the cool fall flick, Drive, in which he romances an engaged Carrey Mulligan. Hot New Couple: Ryan Gosling Takes Eva Mendes On Disneyland Date
We talked to Ryan recently about his new role and how his life has changed dramatically in the last year:
Is is true that you consider yourself quirky looking?
I'm not that good looking. I think I'm a pretty weird-looking guy. Every role I got up until The Notebook was the weirdo, freak, psychopath, nerd, outsider character guy. Maybe things have changed a little bit. Love In Numbers: 10,000 Women Want Ryan Gosling's Babies
Tell us about your character in The Ides of March. You play a conflicted communications director working for a presidential candidate, played by George Clooney, who also directed the film.
I play someone who really wants to affect change in this country and in the world. He believes he can help. He ends up working for a candidate who can effect policy and change, but it's a big dilemma for him to figure out what to do when he finds out some interesting facts about his candidate. I can't really say more except it's a morality tale.
What was it like to work with Clooney?
Life altering. Working with him was like watching a unicorn being born every single day. It's actually rare to work with a director who is as clear as George Clooney and really knows what he wants. He knew this film inside and out. He would talk you through the scenes and even hum what he thought the music would be like in the final cut. Could It Be? George Clooney Gets Married... For A Commercial
But didn't he pull a few good pranks on you?
When the cameras rolled, he would give you this incredible direction. He would walk away from you when you were ready to do the scene. When he walked away, you'd realize he sprayed an Evian bottle on your crotch. He would expect you to do the scene with wet pants.
Sounds like fun.
George is not just about making a good film. It's about having a great experience making it.
Are you excited that Drive is such a hit? And are you a car guy?
I loved that this had a strong character at the center and a strong love story as well. As for the driving, cars weren't something I knew much about in real life. But it was fun. I was given the choice of any car I wanted for the film, so I picked an old 1973 Chevy Malibu. They rebuilt it for speed.