Ryan Gosling Is Going On Hiatus? Noooooooo!
Ryan Gosling is taking a hiatus from acting? Tragedy! How are we doing to get our “Hey, Girl” fix now?!
I have terrible, terrible news for you this morning, Bettys: Ryan Gosling is about to disappear from our lives—at least temporarily. According to a recent interview with the Associated Press, he’s going on hiatus. Noooooooo!
Okay, so maybe I’m being a TEENY bit overdramatic here, but still. How will we get our “Hey, Girl” fix now? Tragedy!
Why exactly is he doing it? Our beloved Ryan told the AP, “I’ve been doing it [acting] too much. I’ve lost perspective on what I’m doing. I think it’s good for me to take a break and reassess why I’m doing it and how I’m doing it. And I think this is probably a good way to learn about that. I need a break from myself as much as I imagine the audience does.”
“As much as the audience does?” Clearly he doesn’t know us as well as we thought he did.
Although all joking aside, I think he’s actually making a wise decision. It’s very, very easy for actors—even good ones—to get overexposed, often with disastrous results. Remember when Jude Law, who had been one of Hollywood’s golden boys, was seen in a whopping six high-profile films, all within the space of a few months in 2004? That’s right—after the success of Cold Mountain, I Heart Huckabees, Alfie, Closer, The Aviator, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, and A Series of Unfortunate Events all came out in the fall and winter of 2004. While it’s awesome that he was working so much, the way it ended up turning out, being seen so often compounded with the whole nanny cheating scandal caused him to fall out of favor for a while. Sure, he worked—but his projects weren’t nearly as high profile. In recent years, he’s reemerged as a wiser, more skilled actor who has moved out of the pretty boy leading man phase and into something more akin to the character roles he first got noticed for (Gattica, anyone?).
Similarly, Ryan has been a busy boy lately. He may be doing fewer films than Jude did in 2004, but between the 2011-2012 award season and the three films he’s got planned for release in 2013—Gangster Squad, which came out in January, The Place Beyond the Pines, and Only God Forgives—he’s been in the public eye a lot. Besides, we’ve no doubt that he’ll do some interesting things with his time off to regain his perspective on acting. He’s slated to start working on his directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster, this spring; and if he runs out of ideas for other things he could do, our buddies at The Frisky might be able to help him out.
Anyhoo, we’ll just have to sit tight for a while. We expect great things from you, Ryan—make it count!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.