To counter those who believe Ryan Gosling is “too old” to play doll Ken in the upcoming “Barbie” film, he channeled his “Ken-ergy.” The first “Barbie” movie trailer was released back in April, sparking a discussion on social media in which some users expressed their opinion that the 42-year-old actor appeared too “grown up” to play Ken. There are lots of other Kens to play with if people don’t want to play with my Ken, Gosling responded to those doubters in a brand-new GQ interview that was released on Wednesday.
He continued by saying that, given the fact that “for 60 years, (Ken’s) job has been beach,” and that “everyone was fine with that, for him to have a job that is nothing,” he finds this discussion to be “funny.” “But all of a sudden, we realize that we have been concerned about Ken the entire time. You didn’t, that is. Never did you. You never gave a damn about Ken, he said, adding that if you had, you would have known that nobody gave a damn about Ken. Your hypocrisy is now made clear.
Gosling, who admitted with a laugh that he now feels like Ken’s “representative,” is the one who truly cares about Ken. Gosling also discussed the various motivations behind his decision to play the iconic Mattel doll in the Greta Gerwig comedy, with one of the main drivers being the chance to be a part of a movie that prioritized female characters. The film stars Margot Robbie alongside Issa Rae, Kate McKinnon, Hari Nef, and America Ferrera, among many others.
However, Gosling discussed how his two daughters, whom he shares with his longtime partner Eva Mendes, play with Barbie and Ken dolls to explain his motivation for taking on the role of Barbie’s main squeeze. Gosling said of his daughter’s Ken doll, “I did see him, like, face down in the mud outside one day, next to a squished lemon,” adding that such a sight made him think, “This guy’s story does need to be told, you know?” The movie “Barbie” will premiere on July 21.