Ryan Gosling has truly cemented his place in Hollywood. He had his breakthrough performance in The Notebook, garnered an Oscar nomination for Half Nelson and gave much talked about performances in Blue Valentine and 2011's Crazy, Stupid, Love. This fall he will be starring in Drive, a chase flick that is already generating Oscar buzz.
In a new interview with Esquire, Gosling opens up about seeing ghosts as a child, his early days as a Mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club and being recognized in public.
Wandering through New York and then Coney Island, Gosling is spotted by numerous people, but it isn't often that people know exactly who he is. In the length of the interview he is mistaken for both Paul Bettany and Ryan Reynolds.
"It's like being in a dream," Gosling says. "You don't know anybody, but everybody knows you, everybody reacts to you. You can be walking along in a dream, through a pretty normal world, and then bam, everything seems to be a response to your presence."
The new issue of Esquire hits newsstands on August 16, 2011.