Happy Birthday Ryan Gosling! Celebrate our Nation’s Boyfriend with a Look BackSnakkle wishes a Happy Birthday to our nation's collective boyfriend, Ryan Gosling! Goslingâ€™s one of few child performers who was able to successfully navigate his career through puberty and into adulthood. Roles in films like The Notebook and Half Nelson have cemented him as one of Hollywoodâ€™s most compelling young leading men, and we look back at his rise to stardom. By Tara Bennett
A Canada native, Ryan was always a performer, singing at weddings and talent competitions with his older sister and hoofing with a local dance troupe as a kid. When he was 12, Ryan was selected out of 17,000 kids to be on Disneyâ€™s new The Mickey Mouse Club. He sang, danced and performed sketches with fellow MMC castÂ like Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, and Britney Spears.