Ryan Gosling as Ken looking in Barbie

She’s Barbie, He’s Just Ken—But He Apparently Stole the Show

Ryan Gosling IS everything

Barbie will finally be released next Friday (July 21) after months and months of anticipation (and an unbelievable amount of marketing) from fans—and reviews have started to roll in. Only, one aspect of the film doesn’t align with Mattel and Warner Bros.’ big-ass marketing campaign—Ryan Gosling.

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We’re not saying he doesn’t belong, don’t worry. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Reviews of the film in general have been great but Gosling is apparently everything that the film needed. Critics are saying that he gives a stand-out and Oscar-worthy performance as Ken. This is, of course, quite ironic considering that in the tagline for the film, he is literally Just Ken.

… You get the point. We knew he was going to be amazing from the way he has showcased his Ken-ergy throughout the press tour thus far. He coined that term and then ran with it, using it yesterday in captions on social media when they released a snippet of “Just Ken”.

Gosling has spoken at length about playing the character. He was the one who said he wanted to tell Ken’s story after seeing his daughter’s Ken doll facedown and unplayed with in the mud. Not only that, but Gosling stated that he reached within himself and really grasp Ken. He relied on his childhood self to bring Ken to life.

This is doubly funny when you think that not many months ago, the actor had to defend his casting as Ken with people saying he was too old and just generally not suited.

Honestly, the man just looks like he is having the time of his life—and we love that for him.

(featured image: Warner Bros.)

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Brooke Pollock is a UK-based entertainment journalist who talks incessantly about her thoughts on pop culture. She can often be found with her headphones on listening to an array of music, scrolling through social media, at the cinema with a large popcorn, or laying in bed as she binges the latest TV releases. She has almost a year of experience and her core beat is digital culture.