An Ode To Ryan Gosling's Sleepy Smile

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Ryan Gosling is as woke as they get. So, why does his smile look so sleepy all the time?

It's droopy in The Notebook. It's dazed in Crazy, Stupid, Love. It's woozy in Lars and the Real Girl. It looks downright slumberous in La La Land.

The sleepy smile is a key part of Ryan Gosling's charm. It simultaneously says, "I need you to hold me and sing me lullabies" and, "We share a dirty little secret." It's mischievous, yet soft; sexy, yet vulnerable; wistful, yet optimistic. Forget Jake Gyllenhaal — this is the original nocturnal animal.

Gosling's is a smile worth celebrating. So, in honor of his 36th birthday on November 12, we bring you an appreciation of the actor's best feature. Which level of sleepy is your favorite?
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Photo: Disney Pictures/REX/Shutterstock.
Sleep Level: 6 Hours
Young Ryan looks a little droopy around the eyes in this promotional photo for the Mickey Mouse Club.
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Sleep Level: 5.5 Hours
Finding out the girl you loved never got the 365 letters you wrote her is no picnic.
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Sleep Level: 4 Hours
Someone get this man a Tempur-Pedic pillow, stat.
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Sleep Level: 5.2 Hours
Sleeping with a blow-up doll you believe is your girlfriend can't be all that restful.
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Photo: Gregory Pace/BEI/Shutterstock.
Sleep Level: 3 Hours
Honey, please get some shut-eye. You can barely keep your eyes open.
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Photo: Jim Smeal/BEI/Shutterstock.
Sleep Level: 7.5 Hours
Nothing says "come cuddle under the duvet" like that smile.
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Photo: Greg Allen/REX/Shutterstock.
Sleep Level: 6 Hours
This smile says: "I slept, but not well. I was dreaming of you, babe."
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Photo: Sam Emerson/New Line/REX/Shutterstock.
Sleep Level: 5 Hours
"How soon can I slip into my PJs?"

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Photo: Photofest.
Sleep Level: 2 Hours
Playing a douchey finance guy makes Ryan cranky.
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Photo: Matt Sayles/AP/REX/Shutterstock.
Sleep Level: 10 Hours
So relaxed, he's sleeping behind those shades.
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Photo: Michelle Quance/Variety/REX/Shutterstock.
Sleep Level: 6.4 Hours
A little bewildered, a little seductive — this is peak Ryan.
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Photo: Chelsea Lauren/Variety/REX/Shutterstock.
Sleep Level: 4.35 Hours
So tired those lips can't even fully form a smile.
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Photo: Matt Baron/BEI/Shutterstock.
Sleep Level: 3.3 Hours
Did that questionable facial hair give you bad dreams, Ryan?
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Photo: Matt Baron/BEI/Shutterstock.
Sleep Level: 30 Minutes
Those dimples don't need sleep.
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Sleep Level: Up All Night, Baby
Who can even think of sleep at a time like this?
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