Ryan Gosling in Pop Culture

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The staff here at the YHWiki has the pleasure of saying that we knew Ryan Gosling way back when... but there's something nice about Ryan becoming a household name and getting name-dropped in popular culture. Here's a collection of popular culture places where the Gosling name has randomly popped up.

"A Prairie Home Companion"

"A Prairie Home Companion" official website

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SS: Anyways, I don't want to keep you kids from your little hootenanny, sounds like it's really fun there now. So I'm just gonna hang up and go back to staring out the window all by myself. That's what I do.

CT: No Sylvia. Sylvia, no, why don't we play you something? We were just trying... this is fun, a silly one.
SB: Here we go, Sylvia. Super short attention span, hey look, there goes a Vespa! If I cannot focus then my life will be a mess, ooh! Look, it's Ryan Gosling, man he looks so good in tight jeans. Super short attention span, did I just get a text? Squirrel!

- Excerpt from "Mom script", October 29, 2016

"The Big Bang Theory"

"The Big Bang Theory" on IMDb

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Penny: So you're saying if I became a famous movie star, we got married, you wouldn't sign a pre-nup?

Leonard: Absolutely not! If I'm gonna be stuck at home with the kids while you're on location cheating on me with Ryan Gosling... then Leonard's gots to get paid.

- Season 5, Episode 16 - "The Vacation Solution"

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Raj: I both hate you and want to be you. This is Ryan Gosling all over again.
- Season 6, Episode 12 - "The Egg Salad Equivalency"


Steve McGarry's Official Website

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Ryan Thomas Gosling was born in London, Ontario, Canada, on November 12, 1980. By the age of 8, he was performing as a wedding singer, and at the age of 12 he beat out 17,000 other young hopefuls to land a regular role on the Disney Channel's "Mickey Mouse Club", which saw him teamed with fellow youngsters Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, and Britney Spears.

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Throughout his teens, he continued to appear regularly on TV, racking up credits on such shows as "Are You Afraid Of The Dark?" and "Goosebumps", and starred for two years on the series "Breaker High". At the age of 17, he was cast in the leading role of "Young Hercules", a show filmed in New Zealand that ran for 50 episodes.

Having made his movie debut in 1997's "Frankenstein and Me", Gosling began to concentrate on serious film, following a role in "Remember the Titans" with the lead in the indie hit "The Believer."

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He enjoyed mainstream success with the 2004 romantic drama "The Notebook", and two years later he earned an Oscar nomination for his role in the critically acclaimed "Half Nelson". In 2007, he starred opposite Anthony Hopkins in the courtroom drama "Fracture", and earned a Golden Globe nomination for the offbeat comedy "Lars and the Real Girl".

He earned two more Golden Globe nominations, for "Blue Valentine" and the box-office hit "Crazy, Stupid, Love", and wowed critics and fans alike in the dark thriller "Drive". His star continued to rise with the political drama "The Ides of March", a box-office success that brought yet another Golden Globe nomination.

Upcoming projects include the noir "Gangster Squad", and a reworking of the sci-fi classic "Logan's Run".

- 09/02/2012 comic - includes a mention of Young Hercules!


"Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" on IMDb

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Riggan: Get off me. What are you looking at?
Mike: What are you gonna do, you gonna replace me?! You gonna go get fucking Ryan Gosling or some shit?!

"Bob's Burgers"

"Bob's Burgers" on IMDb

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Linda: Oh, here comes Louise. Shiny scorpion person, wow!

Louise: I'm Ryan Gosling from the major motion picture trailer 'Drive'.
Linda: So violent, but so well-reviewed!

- Season 5, Episode 2 - "Tina and the Real Ghost"

"Cards Against Humanity"

"Cards Against Humanity" official site

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Ryan Gosling riding in on a white horse.
- "Cards Against Humanity: First Expansion Pack"

"The Good Place"

"The Good Place" on IMDb

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Tahani: My only real goal was to snog Ryan Gosling at the Met Ball. Which I did... Couple of times, actually.
- Season 1, Episode 13 - "Michael's Gambit"

"Good Witch"

"Good Witch" on IMDb

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Grace: Well, I love the Heritage Festival.

George: And the run?
Grace: Mmm, 'bout the only way you could get me to love a 10k run is if you put Ryan Gosling at the finish line.

- Season 1, Episode 2 - "Running Scared"

"Grace and Frankie"

"Grace and Frankie" on IMDb

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Grace: Your chair arrived.

Robert: Oh my god, they said it was going to take six weeks - it took two days! When does that happen?
Robert: It's a joke. Between me and Sol. A private joke.
Grace: Now you get a sense of humor?
Grace: If anybody is gonna sit on Ryan Gosling's face, it's gonna be me!
Grace: Cialis?
Frankie: Sol's.
Grace: Ooh! I think I peed a little on Ryan Gosling.

- Season 1, Episode 1 - "The End"

"The Great British Bake Off"

"The Great British Bake Off" on IMDb

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Mary: Look at little Kate!

Kate: Yes, but I have big muscles, Mary.
Sue: My god, woman! You've got the face of a wood nymph and the body of Ryan Gosling! Look at that!

- Season 5, Episode 3 - "Bread Week"

"Hijinks Ensue"

"Hijinks Ensue" Official Website

Panel 1: I finally got around to seeing Ryan Gosling's new movie. For a film called "Drive", it only looks like this for about 10% of the time.

Panel 2: 88% of the film looks like this.
Panel 3: Then BAM! out of nowhere, the other 2% takes the Knife Train straight to Throat Town.

- 10/03/2011 comic "Far Beyond Driven"

"How I Met Your Mother"

"How I Met Your Mother" on IMDb

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Lily: Wow Ted, you did this all yourself?

Ted: Just like Ryan Gosling in The Notebook.....it's pretty manly til I mention Ryan Gosling in The Notebook, huh.
Lily: Even I haven't seen it, Ted.

- Season 8, Episode 24 - "Something New"

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Robin: Excuse me, hi. I'm Ryan Gosling's personal assistant. He saw you as you were walking in, and he sent me over to tell you to wait here. Be cool. This is real, okay? But listen, Ryan is super shy.

Girl: Aw...
Robin: I know. Which means that if he comes in here and he sees you talking to some other guy, he's gonna turn right around and leave. Nod if you understand.
Robin: Redhead at the bar.
Barney: Challenge accepted.
Barney: Hey, there.
Girl: Get away from me!
Girl: Do not come any closer! I swear to God I will kill you.
Barney: It's cool. I'm not gonna come any closer. You're looking at the door, you're waiting for someone. Someone important, someone who will fill an empty space in your life. A movie star? Ah-huh. But which one? Clooney, DiCaprio, Zabka...? No... I'm gonna go with Ryan... Reyn... Phil-Phillip... Seacr... Gosling... Ryan Gosling!
Girl: Yes, I'm waiting for Ryan Gosling, okay? Now, leave me alone.
Barney: You passed my test, girl.
Girl: Ryan?
Robin: No. Just... no.
Barney: I told her I'm a method actor. And I had to get plastic surgery for an upcoming role where I play a man much more handsome than myself.

- Season 9, Episode 9 - "Platonish"

"Key and Peele"

"Key and Peele" on IMDB
See also: "Crossactor Shows and Films: Key and Peele"

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Jordan Peele: You guys like, uh, you guys like Ryan Gosling?

Audience: [cheering]
Jordan Peele: But yeah, but dude does not act, though.
Keegan-Michael Key: No, that's the thing...
Jordan Peele: He does not act. He's not doing anything.
Keegan-Michael Key: That's his secret, is he's got- he uses the Kuleshov Effect. That's the thing.
Jordan Peele: Kulesh-what?
Keegan-Michael Key: The Kuleshov Effect. It just means that he doesn't have-- Like, all you have to know is what the movie's about, and then he just has to look like this, and then you think he's thinking that. That's his gift. You know, it's like you know "In a world where a man loses his father" and then it's just his face going [blank stare] And then you go, "Oh, man, Ryan Gosling is sad."
Jordan Peele: [female voice] Mm, fucking hot. I don't care how he acts. He can make all the non-faces he wants.

- Season 2, Episode 7 - "Victory"

"Lost Girl"

"Lost Girl" on IMDB

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Trick: First step? Any water we find, we dump it.

Kenzi: No way! If I find some, I'm pouring it all over Ryan Gosling's beautiful melon!

- Season 2, Episode 18 - "Fae-nted Love"

"The Most Popular Girls in School"

"The Most Popular Girls in School" on YouTube

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Mackenzie Zales: Did you just walk in here with Jonathan Getslinhaumer?

Brittnay Matthews: You'd be surprised how much we have in common. We both hate the football team and we love Ryan Gosling movies.

- Season 2, Episode 18 - "Atchison"

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[Movie poster in the background reads "Ryan Gosling Won't Eat His Cereal"]

Tristan McKie: So uh... so-so what are you and your little lady friend here to see?
Jonathan Getslinhaumer: The new Ryan Gosling movie.
Tristan McKie: Oh, that's nice. Which one?
Jonathan Getslinhaumer: I don't know, I stopped reading after the "Ryan Gosling" part. Does it matter?
Tristan McKie: No, sweetie. Not to you. Not. To. You.

- Season 2, Episode 23 - "Date Night"

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[As Brittnay Matthews walks away]

Tanner Christiansen: I have got to say, Jonathan, that's quite the beard you've got there.
Jonathan Getslinhaumer: Ah, thanks! I haven't shaved in a few weeks.
Tanner Christiansen: Uh...
Jonathan Getslinhaumer: I'm going for a Gosling.
Tristan McKie: Oh, aren't we all, honey?

- Season 2, Episode 23 - "Date Night"

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Brittnay Matthews: Hey, Than? I just happen to have some tickets to the Palazzo 16 Cinema's Ryan Gosling marathon.

Jonathan Getslinhaumer: GosCon? You got tickets to GosCon? They've been sold out for weeks!
Brittnay Matthews: Mmmhmm.
Jonathan Getslinhaumer: What the hell are we waiting for? If we go now, we can still catch "Remember the Titans"!
Brittnay Matthews: Uh, I don't know if I'm going to go, actually.
Jonathan Getslinhaumer: Oh, come on!
Brittnay Matthews: Nah. It doesn't really sound all that fun.
Jonathan Getslinhaumer: Not that fun?! They're gonna have the actual towel from "Crazy, Stupid, Love".
Brittnay Matthews: Tell you what. Why don't you come back in about an hour with some Gatorade for all of us?
Jonathan Getslinhaumer: Yeah, all right, what are you guys thinking? Glacier Freeze? Riptide Rush? You know what? You know what - I'll just get both. Don't worry, ladies! This one's on Than today. God, I really hope they play that one episode of "Are You Afraid Of The Dark" he was on.

- Season 3, Episode 43 - "New Uniforms"

"Our Super Adventure"

"Our Super Adventure" Official Website

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Sarah: Don't shake me, I have a food baby!

Panel 2:
Stef: What are you going to name your food baby?
Sarah: Hmm.

Panel 3:
Sarah: Ryan Gosling!

Panel 4:
Stef: You're banned from all future baby naming.
Sarah: WHAT

- 02/24/2015 comic

"Parks and Recreation"

"Parks and Recreation" on IMDB

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Leslie Knope: So when we're thinking of prospective sweethearts, we need to think of people who are attractive and smart and kind. [picture of Ryan Gosling flashes on the screen]
- Season 4, Episode 14 - "Operation Ann"

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Ann Perkins: How about my Oh-no-no's for you? You make me see terrible movies, and then you talk through them. You put 20-inch rims on your Volkswagen Golf. And you insist on being introduced as the brown Gosling.

Tom Haverford: Everything you just said makes me like me more.

- Season 4, Episode 16 - "Sweet Sixteen"

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Tom Haverford: Not to mention in the last month alone three people have confused me for a shorter, Indian Ryan Gosling.
- Season 5, Episode 7 - "Leslie vs. April"

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Ben Wyatt: Congratulations. You have won the award for Best Man.

Tom Haverford: Full disclosure: I voted for Ryan Gosling, but you came in a close second.

- Season 5, Episode 10 - "Two Parties"

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Ann Perkins: I guess it would have to be Channing Tatum's body, Ryan Gosling's face, and Michael Fassbender's sense of humor. What about you? Build your perfect guy.
- Season 5, Episode 16 - "Bailout"

"People of Earth"

"People of Earth" on IMDb

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Kelly: Mine looked like Ryan Gosling, or like a young Paul Newman. But albino and nine feet tall.

Yvonne: Figures. I get visited by lizard men, and she got Ryan Gosling.

- Season 1, Episode 1 - "Pilot"

"Robot Chicken"

"Robot Chicken" on IMDB

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Scorpion customer: Hi, is my jacket ready? [scoffs] This is Ryan Reynolds. I asked for Ryan Gosling!

Scorpion shopkeeper: This is a convoluted joke, anyway. Just take the jacket and get the [bleep] out of here.

- Season 6, Episode 14 - "Papercut to Aorta"


"Speechless" on IMDb

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Maya: I mean, the longest JJ's ever been gone if he wasn't in school is...

Jimmy: How long is 'The Notebook'?
Maya: Not bloody long enough. I mean, I love that Ryan Gosling.
Ray: So fast from overprotective to oversexual!

- Season 1, Episode 4 - "I-N-S– INSPIRATIONS"

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Maya: Who is this? No one told me Daniel Craig uses a wheelchair, or that his best friend was Mr. Ryan Gosling!

Ray: Told you Mom would think we look hot.

- Season 1, Episode 21 - "P-R-- PROM"

Maya: I mean, look at us. Plenty happens in our relationship, we don't over-examine it. Your dad doesn't like Ryan Gosling films, so I go and see them by myself. Several times.
- Season 2, Episode 6 - "S-H-- SHIPPING"

"Worsted For Wear"

"Worsted For Wear" Official Website

Panel 1:

JOANN: I'm headed out to go bowling with Penny. See you later, Cam!
CAM: Hrgrphmrphrm...

Panel 2:
PENNY: You ready to head out?
JOANN: I dunno...Cam's pretty depressed. I feel bad leaving her.

Panel 3:
PENNY: Hey, Cam, do you want to just do a girl's night in tonight?
JOANN: No, no. We don't want to do that. She'll just end up watching-

Panel 4:
PENNY: "The Notebook?"
JOANN: It loses its luster after the fiftieth time you see it.

- 01/28/2013 comic "A Change of Plans"
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CAM: Fact: Ryan Gosling is gorgeous. Fact: he's a knitter! Fact: his name also means "baby goose" and those are adorable.

Panel 2:
CAM: It's settled: he's the perfect guy.
JOANN: Eh, not for me.

Panel 3:
PENNY: Plus, he's actually a good actor!
JOANN: Wasn't he in "Young Hercules?" Tell me you don't love him so much you own THAT.

Panel 4:
CAM: (embarrassed) That one's just for the REALLY lonely nights.

- 01/29/2013 comic "Just the Stats" - includes a mention of Young Hercules!


(YHWiki Editor's Note: Yep, I decided to also keep track of the random Ryan Gosling name-drops I come across while I'm on YouTube - let me know if you've found any!)

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Shane: You know what, Subway? You're slowly turning me. You're the Ryan Gosling of food.
- TASTING SUBWAY FOODS, "Shane Dawson Tastes Weird Food"

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Destery: Studies indicate that 5 out of 4 women who look at Alex from Target get instantly wet. Oh god. Apparently it's called "The Ryan Gosling Effect".