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Ryan Gosling doubted ‘Ken-ergy’ before starring in Barbie

Ryan Gosling doubted ‘Ken-ergy’ before starring in Barbie

Ryan Gosling CinemaCon 2023 - Warner Brothers Pictures Presentation
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Ryan Gosling doubted that he had the “Ken-ergy” to star in Barbie.

The 42-year-old actor will play Ken in the hotly-anticipated new movie and credits director Greta Gerwig and co-star Margot Robbie for “conjuring” the character out of him.

Speaking at Warner Bros.’ presentation at CinemaCon on Tuesday (25.04.23), Ryan said: “I have to be honest, I had up until this point, I only knew Ken from afar. I didn’t know Ken from within.

“If I’m being really honest, I doubted my Ken-ergy. I didn’t see it. Margot and Greta, I feel like they conjured this out of me somewhere.”

Ryan explained how it was a surreal experience to be playing Barbie’s male companion and joked that he was living his life before “one day, I was bleaching my hair and shaving my legs and wearing bespoke neon outfits and rollerblading down Venice Beach”.

The ‘La La Land’ star said: “It came on like a fever, like a Scarlet fever. Then I woke up one day and was like, ‘Why is there fake tanner on my sheets? Why I am wearing jackets without shirts? What just happened?'”

Ryan also praised the “brilliant” team behind the movie, which is set to be released in July.

He said: “To work with this group – they’re all brilliant and it was so exciting and then to be conjured in such a way was really special.”

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Margot explained how there were other films shooting nearby in Los Angeles and cast and crew from other projects couldn’t resist coming to the ‘Barbie’ set.

She recalled: “You’ve never seen so many grown men find excuses to come to set. It was like a dopamine hit. You were instantly happy, and we felt that every day.”



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