It’s difficult to recall the very first time we laid eyes on Ryan Gosling. It's probably because the moment is a distant, buried memory from the mid-’90s when he was a star on Mickey Mouse Club. But for some, the first Gosling experience came years later during his breakout role in The Notebook. Regardless, Gosling is a mainstay — in Hollywood and our hearts.
If you’re not on the bandwagon yet — not even after the memes, the dancing, or the pro-Gosling protests – prepare to hitch a ride. In honor of the actor’s birthday, we decided to compile photographic proof that Gosling has one of the scruffiest — and hottest — evolutions in Hollywood. Unlike John Krasinski’s underrated glow-up or Leonardo DiCaprio’s uneventful rise, Gosling’s is one that’s filled with unlikely dye jobs, drastic haircuts, and sleepy smiles stronger than a bottle of Ambien.
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Gosling has been in show business since he had to live with Justin Timberlake, but his true beauty evolution didn’t really begin until 2002. Why? Well, just look at his dark-chocolate roots. Luckily, the dye job was for a role in The United States of Leland and not permanent.
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By the 2005 Teen Choice Awards, Noah was gone thanks to a buzzcut. The jury is still out on how we feel about this one. Maybe this is where Justin Bieber got his inspiration?
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Back in 2010, it seemed that every blonde, white guy looked a lot like Cam Gigandet (remember him, the hot vampire villain from Twilight?) — and Gosling was no exception.
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It was hard to see Bradley Cooper’s beard go once A Star Is Born was over, but it was even harder to see Gosling lose his face tattoos after playing Luke in The Place Beyond the Pines. Still, his coiffed haircut and groomed ‘stache are better than nothing.
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According to Buzzfeed, this was the year Gosling “got hot again.” Though they’re not wrong (he is hot), we’d disagree that he hasn’t been a scruffy heartthrob since ‘95.
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He may not have won the Oscar in 2017 for La La Land, but his groomer certainly should have. While fans argued over his shirt all night long, it’s a universal fact that his hair can do no wrong.