Although it seems like he was born to play Ken, it turns out Ryan Gosling wasn’t immediately sold on his role in the new Barbie movie. But his co-star Margot Robbie was determined to have him join the cast.
“Margot was like, ‘Is it weird if I go to his house?'” the film’s director, Greta Gerwig, said in an exclusive interview with SiriusXM host Jess Cagle alongside Margot and Ryan, plus co-stars America Ferrera, Issa Rae, Kate McKinnon, and Michael Cera. “I was like, ‘Don’t go to his house! Stay put!'”
Margot and Greta even admitted to sending a barrage of unanswered texts to Ryan together in an attempt to convince him.
“In the end, I promised Ryan a present every day if he did the movie,” Margot confessed, “and then when he did do the movie, I was like, ‘Oh, s***. I gotta get so many presents.'”
She stuck to her promise, though, and showered her co-star with “Ken-related things” every single day on set, including a puka shell necklace and a horse-themed lunch box.
“A lot of things you’d find at a Tommy Bahama store,” Ryan explained of the gifts, “and then it sort of turned into Sharper Image kind of objects.”
Greta clarified that Ryan didn’t actually play hard-to-get when it came to joining the cast as Ken; the actor was just genuinely busy. But Ryan did doubt he possessed the right “Ken-ergy” to take the role at first, and the daily gifts from Margot helped keep in the right mindset while filming.
“I thought there was no way she could keep it up. I mean, it was a long shoot,” Ryan said. “But every day, from Barbie, [there was] a pink present to Ken to sort of stoke his Ken-ergy.”
Barbie premieres in theaters July 21, 2023.
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