Ryan Gosling is living the dream right now … and he’s ready to talk about it now more than ever before.
The La La Land star — who received a Golden Globe nomination today for his performance in that film — covers GQ, and in the January issue, he gives a rare glimpse into his personal life. In the interview, Gosling gushes about life with partner Eva Mendes and their two daughters, Esmeralda and Amada.
“Your whole life, you hear what it’s like to have kids, and all the clichés are true,” he says. “I felt I knew that everything would be different, but until you experience that, there’s no way to really know what people mean.”
“Eva’s the dream mother, and they’re dream babies, and it’s like a dream that I’m having right now,” he tells the magazine. “I’m dreaming it all. So I feel so lucky.”
The private pair welcomed their second child together (another little girl) in April; however, Gosling says fatherhood wasn’t something he planned for.
“It’s not something I really thought about, or even thought I wanted. I didn’t have a romanticized idea of it,” he reveals. “It came about in a very surprising and kind of organic way. There was nothing kind of premeditated about it, you know. It just suddenly was: My life had changed. And thank God it did.”
Gosling continues: “There’s a kind of chaos in it that I love. Maybe in my life I sort of put myself in situations that were chaotic, outside of my life. And now I have it at home, and I don’t have to go looking for it. … It’s a beautiful chaos that’s … surreal and serene.”
The actor, 36, admits he worried about whether he would do this whole fatherhood thing right. “I mean, not leading up to it, but now,” he shares. “When you meet your kids, you realize that they deserve great parents. And then you have your marching orders and you have to try and become the person that they deserve.”
Gosling did this interview in Budapest, where he was shooting Blade Runner 2049. Mendes and his two children were fixtures on set making the film possible, otherwise he “couldn’t be away” that long from his family.
“They come to [the set] too. So it’s nice to share that. Especially with my oldest,” he says of 2-year-old Esmeralda. “All these sets have been made, and there’s incredible craftsmen involved, all of the seamstresses making all these costumes, and the love and attention that’s going into every detail — I really wanted her to see that.”
So does she understand what her dad does?
“I don’t know,” Gosling replies. “She was on set the other day, and I was doing a fight scene with Harrison [Ford], and she just yelled out in the middle of the take, ‘You’re winning!’ Well, first she said, ‘You’re doing great,’ and then Harrison stopped in the middle of the take and said, ‘What about me?’”
Sounds like Gosling has at least one daddy’s girl.