La La Land star Ryan Gosling covers the January 2017 issue of GQ and opens up about family life with longtime love, actress Eva Mendes, and their daughters Esmeralda, 2, and Amada, 7 months.
On his family life: “Eva’s the dream mother, and they’re dream babies, and it’s like a dream that I’m having right now. I’m dreaming it all.”
On how fatherhood has changed him: “Your whole life you hear what it’s like to have kids, and all the clichés are true. I felt I knew that everything would be different, but until you experience that, there’s no way to really know what people mean…When you meet your kids you realize that they deserve great parents. And then you have your marching orders and you have to try and become the person that they deserve.”
On seeing Sylvester Stallone’s First Blood as a boy and going to school armed with a bunch steak knives: “I think I saw it too young. I wasn’t able to separate those realities. I don’t blame it on the film…I just remember there being, like, some injustices on the playground, you know. I had to get control of my imagination.”
On filming action movie Blade Runner 2049 with Harrison Ford, who punched him on set: “It was kind of, you know, a rite of passage. We were just doing a fight scene and, you know, it just happened. But what was funny was, when it was over, they brought ice for my face, and Harrison pushed me out of the way and stuck his fist in the ice. I asked him the other day where he got his sense of humor from––was it from his mother or his father? He said, ‘Sears.’ And he didn’t have much time to shop around so he just had to grab one and get out.”
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