Ryan Gosling had to say goodbye to his 17-year-old dog George earlier this year, and for the first time the actor has opened up about the tremendous loss. During an interview on Oct 6’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the La La Land star reminisced about his pooch, and recalled some of their best times together. “He was a good friend to me,” said the actor, who wore George's dog tags around his neck.
George followed Ryan everywhere. The canine spent many days chilling on set with the actor, bringing some cheer to his long filming days. The 36-year-old joked that as George started to age, he began to look like an aged rock star, “He was sort of skinny-fat, had big hair and no teeth, open sores—but still sexy.”
Most recently, Ryan paid the sweetest tribute to George by wearing a t-shirt with his picture on it to do his sign off on Saturday Night Live on Sept 30.
According to the Golden Globe winner, George didn’t really see himself as a dog at all, “It’s funny to say ‘dog’ because I feel like there was something about George where he felt like being a dog was beneath him,” Ryan explained candidly to Ellen. “He would not do tricks. If you wanted him to even sit down you had to kind of convince him it was in his best interest.”
It’s no secret that the talk show host is a huge fan of animals, having lived a vegan lifestyle for many years and rescuing three dogs with her wife Portia de Rossi. Naturally, she had to press Ryan to see if he’d be getting another dog for his family of four, “We’ll see,” he said with a shrug.
Only time will tell if Ryan and Eva Mendes decide to bring a furry friend into the lives of daughters Esmeralda, 3, and 1-year-old Amada. If they do, they can expect to have a bilingual pet. The actor shared with Ellen that his daughters will speak English and Spanish, “They speak Spanish, it’s kind of a Spanglish right now. My youngest is one and a half, so she’s not speaking Spanish yet.”