Ryan Gosling is a Canadian actor, musician, writer and director. He was born on November 12, 1980. His parents got divorced when he was a child, leading him and his sister to live with their mother. As a youngster, he was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder...Read more (ADHD) and was placed in a class for special needs students. Gosling got his start as a child star, and came up in the Disney world with the likes of Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. He worked on "The All New Mickey Mouse Club" (1989), "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" (1995), "Goosebumps" (1996), "Breaker High" (1997-1998) and "Young Hercules" (1998). His first independent film was "The Believer" (2000), followed by "Murder by Numbers" (2002), "The Slaughter Rule" (2002), "The United States of Leland" (2003) and "Stay" (2005). Gosling achieved über heartthrob status with 2004's blockbuster romance "The Notebook" based on the Nicholas Sparks novel. This also marked the beginning of his three-year relationship with on-screen love, Rachel McAdams, also a Canadian actor on the rise in Hollywood. They were together until 2007. "The Notebook" director Nick Cassavetes told Gosling he wanted to cast him as Noah Calhoun because "you're not like the other young actors in Hollywood. You're not handsome, you're not cool, you're just a regular guy who looks a bit nuts." This seems odd and ironic in retrospect, given how central "The Notebook" was in turning Gosling into a Hollywood heartthrob and leading man. Post-Notebook, Gosling made intelligent choices and in order to avoid typecasting, he went on to do "Half Nelson" (2006) about an inspirational but drug-addicted white teacher in a mostly black, poor neighborhood. He was nominated for an Oscar for his performance. His diverse work in the coming years would be both highly acclaimed and popular with films like "Lars and the Real Girl" (2007), "Blue Valentine" (2010), "The Ides of March" (2011), "Drive" (2011), "Crazy Stupid Love" (2011) and "The Place Beyond the Pines" (2012). Gosling will made his directorial debut with "How to Catch a Monster" with his "Drive" co-star, Mad Men's Christina Hendricks, and girlfriend Eva Mendes. It's been described as a surreal and macabre fairytale about a boy and his mother who discover a secret road to an underwater town.