bIn preparing for the role of Ken in the fantasy film “Barbie”, Ryan Gosling took inspiration from Sylvester Stallone and the reality show “The Bachelorette”. “We noticed that Stallone was wearing a mink. When I put on a mink on set, I became Ken the mink. “The mink became what set him apart from the other Kens,” Oscar-nominated Gosling told Variety magazine.
Through “The Bachelorette,” she learned that men are often reduced to one quality. “One guy has glasses, the other guy has earrings. “Ken's identity became a mink,” said the forty-three-year-old, who admitted to spending several hours in front of the television before filming.
Gosling called the role of Ken the most difficult part of his life in searching for his identity. In order to give personality to the doll next to Barbie, he worked intensively on previous parts in films such as “Half Nelson”, “Blue Valentine” and “The Place Beyond The Pines”.
The Canadian actor also recalled that he initially turned down director Greta Gerwig's offer to play Ken opposite Margot Robbie's Barbie. In the end, Robbie promised her that he would put a gift in the trailer every day of the shoot.