Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Gosling delivered a moving tribute to his wife, Eva Mendes, at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, where he was honored with the prestigious Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. The actor, known for his roles in movies like "The Notebook" and the upcoming "Barbie," shared his deep appreciation for his life's blessings, notably his family and career.
Gosling, 43, and Mendes, his long-time partner, first met on the set of the 2011 drama "The Place Beyond the Pines." Their chemistry on-screen blossomed into a real-life romance, leading to a family with two daughters. Gosling's speech highlighted this serendipitous meeting, emphasizing how his acting career has brought him professional success and personal joy and fulfillment.
Reflecting on his journey, Gosling expressed gratitude for the opportunities acting has afforded him, stating, "I dreamed one day of making movies, and now, movies have made my life a dream." He affectionately called Mendes "the girl of my dreams" and proudly referred to their daughters as "two dream children."
Gosling's Humble Tribute
The Canadian actor also paid homage to his mother, Donna, acknowledging her pivotal role in recognizing and nurturing his acting talent from a young age.
Gosling credited her for encouraging him to "create [his] own story," a foundation that has undoubtedly shaped his successful career. Despite his accolades, including two Oscar nominations, Gosling admitted to feeling nervous and humble while accepting the award.
He expressed his awe and respect for Kirk Douglas, describing the legendary actor as "one of the first true icons of cinema" and humorously comparing himself to his role as Ken in "Barbie." Gosling's heartfelt speech, infused with both humor and sincerity, resonated with the audience, offering a glimpse into the actor's personal life and his profound appreciation for the intersections of his professional and personal worlds.
As he continues to captivate audiences with his performances, Gosling remains grounded in the things he values most – his family and the art of storytelling.