After winning his first career Golden Globe award last month, La La Land star Ryan Gosling praised his partner Eva Mendes for her support throughout production of the film — though he failed to mention at the time that his longtime love was also responsible for one of the movie's most memorable lines.
"'LA worships everything and values nothing.' That was something my lady said to me one day and I thought it was so funny I asked her if I could put it in the movie," the 36-year-old recently revealed during a panel at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
Ryan added, "She was kidding, but it's a funny thing to say... I loved when she said it, because it's funny enough to have some truth to it, you know? But it's obviously a joke, so it just seemed appropriate for the movie."
While Eva inadvertently made a large contribution to Damien Chazelle's modern-day musical, Ryan gave her full credit for his role in the Oscar-nominated movie during his Golden Globes acceptance speech.
“You don’t get to be up here without standing on the shoulders of a mountain of people,” the dad-of-two began, “And there’s just no time to thank everyone I just would like to try and thank one person properly and say that while I was singing and dancing and playing piano and having one of the best experiences I’ve ever had on a film, my lady was raising our daughter, pregnant with our second and trying to help her brother fight his battle with cancer.
Ryan noted, “If she hadn’t taken all that on so that I could have this experience, would surely be someone else up here other than me to today. Sweetheart, thank you.”