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Barbie Star Ryan Gosling Didn't Understand Ken until He Started Bleaching His Hair and Shaving His Legs

ryan gosling speaks at comic con about role of ken in barbie movie
How Barbie Star Ryan Gosling Found His 'Kenergy'GETTY / WARNER BROS/JAAP BUITENDIJK

Tangerine tan, bleach blonde hair and donning his very own ‘Ken’ underwear, from what we’ve seen so far of Ryan Gosling as Ken in the Barbie movie, it’s a role the Hollywood star was born to play.

But behind the plastic abs and double denim, channelling his inner Ken – or ‘Kenergy’ as Gosling puts it – took some getting used to.

Speaking alongside director Greta Gerwig and co-star Margot Robbie at Comic Con in Las Vegas on 25 April, Gosling revealed how he was forced to dig deep in order to fully understand the character.

‘I only knew Ken from afar,’ the actor said, according to The Huffington Post. ‘I didn't know Ken from within and if I'm being really honest, I doubted my Kenergy.’

According to Gosling, it was Gerwid and Robbie that helped him to discover his inner Ken. ‘I didn't see it, but Margot and Greta, they conjured this out of me somehow.

‘It was like I was living my life and then one day I was bleaching my hair, shaving my legs, wearing bespoke neon outfits, and rollerblading down Venice beach,’ he said.

Playing the role also leaked into Gosling’s private life. ‘It came on like a light scarlet fever,’ he joked, ‘and then I woke up one day and was like, “Why is there fake tanner in my sheets? What just happened?”’

Based off the teaser trailers, the plot of the movie has been kept tightly under wraps by Warner Bros. The official synopsis for the film reads: 'After being expelled from Barbieland for being a less than perfect-looking doll, Barbie sets off for the human world to find true happiness.'

The Warner Bros website adds a little more context: 'To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place. Unless you have a full-on existential crisis. Or you’re a Ken.'

The cast are also keeping the plot close to their chest. Golsing has said that it's the 'best script I've ever read', while actress America Ferrera said in an interview with People Magazine: 'People don't have any idea what to expect, and I think that that's the right vibe. Whatever you think it is, it's not that. It's something else.'

Barbie is set hit UK cinemas on 21 July 2023.

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