Ryan Gosling: I couldn’t watch NBA finals because my kids have control of the TV

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It’s nice when a usually private celebrity shares a sweet story about their family. (Not that they need to, mind you, but it does make my work here easier.) Ryan Gosling, whom I actually forgot has been with actress Eva Mendes for six years, gave Jimmy Kimmel’s audience a little insight into his home life. He told a story Friday night that many parents can relate to.

During Friday’s “Game Night” episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! Ryan told Jimmy that he wanted to be up in his NBA final knowledge and catch up on the series between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, being a devoted Dad, he turned over the remote to daughters and Esmeralda and Amada Lee. Instead of watching the Warriors triumphs over the Cavaliers in a four-game sweep, he got to enjoy the American-Canadian PBS cartoon Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (Ryan is Canadian, you know).

Ryan told Jimmy, “Well, I knew I was going to be on the show so I was excited to watch the games. But I have a 2-year-old and a 3-and-half-year-old, so, let’s be honest, I’m not watching anything that doesn’t have a talking tiger in it.”

The 37-year-old actor also shared some stories from filming the upcoming biopic First Man, where he takes on the role of astronaut Neil Armstrong. The movie reunites Ryan with his La La Land director Damien Chazelle for the film, which also stars Claire Foy, Corey Stoll, Jason Clarke, and Kyle Chandler. The drama, filmed in part in my hometown of Atlanta (represent), focuses on the years 1961-1969, when NASA was planning the Apollo 11 manned mission to the moon. The screenplay is based on the 2005 book by James R. Hansen. Ryan recalled the gruelling shoots:

“I did some physical training. At NASA, they put us through the paces in certain ways. For instance, they built this multi-axis trainer, which is something NASA designed just to help the astronauts prepare for the worst-case scenarios in space,” he said. “But it’s this thing that kind of sends you ass over teakettle. They would only do it for 20 minutes at a time or something but in the movie, because we had to get a lot of shots, I was in it for like six to eight hours. So I started to sort of smell a rat up here [he pointed at his head]. Something was wrong. That, and getting banged around in the capsules and hitting my head, that something might be wrong.”

And, as many husbands are wont to do, Ryan sought out his wife as a source of valuable advice and shoulder to cry on, sharing,

“Well, I knew something was wrong when I went home one night and I called Eva, and I was just hellbent on this idea that there were people in donut stores all around the world that were trying to charm their way into getting free donuts,” he said. “She was so patient and listening. She was like, ‘I’ve been saying you have brain damage as a joke, but I think you might have brain damage. I think you should go to the hospital.’”

It turns out that Ryan had a mild concussion. So, Eva was spot-on. She’s a good wife, and a good mother as well. In fact, I didn’t really realize until now that Eva hasn’t been on screen for a few years. She put the brakes on her career to raise her kids. That’s kind of awesome. And, as someone who was a mere two months old when Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon, I’m looking forward to First Man.

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  1. Blackandproud says:

    ‘And, as many husbands are wont to do’ Wut?

  2. WMGDtoo says:

    Wow.. they only have the ONE TV..

    Life is sure different in Hollywood.

    • Goats on the Roof says:

      My husband and I only have one television as well. I personally don’t understand families that have TVs in every nook and cranny.

      • Michelle says:

        We have 4 TVs in our home with a family of four which includes two teenagers. And yes, we do spend time together as a family instead of each of us in a different room. What works for us may not work for others. I don’t understand families to allow their young children to have control of what is being played on TV.

      • HeyThere! says:

        One TV here, also. It’s never on to the point I want to find a way to cover it so I’m looking at artwork instead of a huge black flat screen! Lol Also, my almost 3 year old just watched his first ep of Daniel Tiger and is talking about ‘Tiger’ nonstop. Ops.

  3. Millennial says:

    I would be really excited if Eva campaigned with Ryan this year. She was missed during La La Land campaigning!

    • Una says:

      If this movie lives up to the hype, they might actually campaign. Movies like La La Land does not get men Oscars, biographies do.

  4. Mel M says:

    Idk, telling some they have damage as a joke isn’t funny to me at all.

    Also, looks like I wasn’t the only one who couldn’t access the site this morning.

    • Tania says:

      I had to log on twitter to see what’s up with Celebitchy this morning. It wrecked my entire morning routines!

  5. Gaby says:

    I would totally watch this movie as I love Ryan as an actor, but I HATE Damien Chazelle with the fire of a thousand suns! Pretentious little s*it.

  6. Cannibell says:

    “… as someone who was a mere two months old when Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon, I’m looking forward to First Man.”

    As someone who was not old enough to stay up late but got to that night (I think I had just turned 10), I have vivid memories of lying on the couch in our rental summer cottage watching it on an 13″ black-and-white TV, I’m also looking forward to seeing this film.

    And it says a lot about their relationship that Eva was able to suss out instantly that something was wrong and that Ryan listened to her. Makes me feel all good and fuzzy to read about a healthy relationship in action.