The popular 'Hey Girl' and 'Feminist Ryan Gosling' memes have made the Canadian heartthrob an even hotter commodity to women everywhere, despite his lack of involvement, thanks to the feminist notions that belie the beloved photos. And though he's taken by actress Eva Mendes and new dad to baby girl Esmeralda Amada, Ryan is happy to be a feminist role model.
Talking to the Telegraph's Sunday Style, the generally tight-lipped actor, 34, couldn't help but gush about the ladies in his life. "I grew up with strong women and the amount of them grows exponentially as time goes on, in my world," he says. "It's not a conscious thing. I didn't make those [memes], you know? It's not by design. But I do have a little girl now and it's important to me."
Growing up, Ryan says he spent more time hanging around girls than guys and favoured dance to sports, which helped to launch his career south of the border on The Mickey Mouse Club with fellow Mousekateers like Britney spears and Justin Timberlake.
The romance film The Notebook catapulted Ryan to dream-guy status - something he's never been keen to discuss - and he was later nominated for an Oscar for his role in Half Nelson. The London, Ont.-born star's latest project is his directorial debut, Lost River, which premiered at Cannes in 2014 and stars Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan and wife Eva, among others.
With his love of strong women, ambition and love of family, it seems Ryan and Eva's little girl has a role model in her dad beyond those famous memes.