'Proud' Eva Mendes praises Ryan Gosling after he received 'shame' for 'Barbie' role

The actor criticized people who first questioned Gosling's level of enthusiasm.

After learning that Ryan Gosling is nominated for an Oscar for his performance as Ken in "Barbie," Eva Mendes is celebrating her longtime partner and criticizing those who doubted his drive.

Gosling's funny performance in the movie that broke records made him one of the contenders for best actor in a supporting role, it was revealed on January 23. The next day, Mendes, who has been dating the 43-year-old actor since 2011, shared an Instagram photo to commemorate his nod. The couple has two children together.

She captioned the photo, saying, "So proud of my man." "When he assumed this post, there was a lot of animosity. So many people are attempting to make him feel bad about it.

The 49-year-old "Hitch" star went on, "He created this completely original, hilarious, heartbreaking, now iconic character and took it all the way to Oscars, despite all the #Notmyken ridicule and articles written about him."

She attached a heart emoji and lovingly stated, "So beyond proud to be this Ken's Barbie," at the end of the message.

Gosling was further praised in the remarks by co-star America Ferrera, who was nominated for an Oscar for best actress in a supporting role for her portrayal of Gloria.

"He is brilliant as Ken!" the writer wrote. executed a triple somersault routine! We're really fortunate that he was there, and I'm quite appreciative of the way he used his enormous celebrity to help all the ladies going through this.

He was praised by Ferrera as "a class act, insanely deserving, and talented."

Mendes included a slideshow of images from a June 2022 Rolling Stone story next to the caption. "Sorry to Be the One to Say It, but Ryan Gosling Is Giving Major Cringe as Ken in 'Barbie,'" the title said.

The post was a response to movie stills from the first look that showed off Ryan Gosling's platinum blonde hair and denim attire. Gosling's portrayal of Ken, according to author Tomás Mier, is "giving full camp, full cringe," and he said it will give him "nightmares."

A little later in the piece, Mier added, "'La La Land' homeboy looks like one of those creepy, older West Hollywood men who still think they're in their 20s." "We're not sure how Mattel is going to feel about this," Mier wrote.

It wasn't just Mier who had doubts at first. Gosling addressed the photo on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" at the moment it became viral.

"I was shocked to see that some people were sort of holding onto their pearls when it came to my Ken, as if they had ever given him any regard at all before now. Ken was never a player with them! Says Gosling in July 2022.

Audiences complimented Gosling for his comic timing, dedication to the part, and remarkable performance as "I'm Just Ken" when the movie debuted a year later.

He has already received three Oscar nominations. Mark Ruffalo ("Poor Things"), Robert De Niro ("Killers of the Flower Moon"), Robert Downey Jr. ("Oppenheimer"), and Sterling K. Brown ("American Fiction") will compete against him.

Gosling responded to his acknowledgment in a statement that NBC News was able to receive. He expressed gratitude for the nomination but expressed disappointment that Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie, two well-known actresses, were not included in the best actress and director categories.

In a year with so many outstanding films, I am really pleased to be recognized by my colleagues alongside such exceptional artists. He said, "I'm also really honored and proud that it's for playing a plastic doll named Ken, and I never thought I'd be saying this."

"But there is no Barbie without Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie, the two people most responsible for this history-making, internationally acclaimed film," he said.

"Having said that, I am so happy for America Ferrera and the other incredible artists who contributed their talents to making this such a groundbreaking film," he remarked as he closed his remarks.

Robbie, who produced the movie alongside Robbie, is nominated for best picture, one of the eight categories in which "Barbie" was included. In the category for adapted screenplays, Gerwig was nominated.
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