So when I heard that Ryan Gosling is taking a hiatus from acting, I underwent the five stages of grief. I was deep in denial, which transitioned into anger and then I bargained every single one of my possessions and relationships with God. When this did not work, I became depressed. Like “eat my weight in Bluebell and barbeque-flavored Fritos both separately and combined” depression.
I finally reached the stage of acceptance after confirming it with numerous new sources, as in E! News, perezhilton.com, Vanity Fair and ABC News. Gosling told the Associated Press, “I’ve been doing it too much. I’ve lost perspective on what I’m doing. I think it’s good for me to take a break and reassess why I’m doing it and how I’m doing it. And I think this is probably a good way to learn about that. I need a break from myself as much as I imagine the audience does.” He later clarified that the paramount reason for his time away from acting is because he wants to work on his directing.
I’ll admit it was an arduous and tear-filled journey to finally be okay with the situation, but point of pride: it never got “Ryan Cabrera” bad. That was not a jab at his music. Cabrera literally got a tattoo of the better Ryan on his leg and concocted some absurd story that he and his friends played some game called “Tattoo Roulette.” This is obviously a thinly veiled excuse, because no one is dumb enough to willingly partake in such an activity. You can avoid this and gracefully enter the stage of acceptance “” just take some deep breaths and follow these coping mechanisms:
1. Even though he will not be acting in any movies for a while, he will still be in theaters. Catch his current movie, “The Place Beyond the Pines,” which is showing right now. It’s about a motorcycle stunt rider who turns into a bank robber in order to support his lover and child. This also stars Eva Mendes and Bradley Cooper, so you can enjoy a visual feast of the most beautiful people in Hollywood. He will also star in “Only God Forgives” later this year, in which he plays a gangster who fights a policeman in Bangkok.
2. Another way you can fill your Gosling gauge is by re-watching the classics. I first noticed him in “Remember the Titans.” Even though he had a small part, it’s nice to see a younger version of him and it is also such a good film. “The Notebook,” which I mentally refer to as, “The reason why all men are inferior to Ryan Gosling,” is an additional good watch. And “Crazy, Stupid, Love” is a viable option. You do not even have to watch it, just pause it on his shirtless scenes.
3. Another coping mechanism are the “Hey Girl, Ryan Gosling” memes. They are like he is talking directly to you. It also makes him come off as the perfect guy: sweet, compassionate, understanding and so appreciative. These should be like training manuals for men.
4. If you just need to hear him and you are on the run, there’s a phone number for what is called the “Gosline.” While it may not be his personal line, it is a 24-hour hotline that can help you deal with this tremendous loss. Just take it one step at a time, people.