Ryan Gosling shares rare glimpse into fatherhood with partner Eva Mendes

He may be one of the biggest names in Hollywood, but Ryan Gosling’s main role is still father.

The 48-year-old actor, who is notoriously private about his personal life, has spoken openly about being a father and how he balances it with his work as a movie star.

He shares two daughters, Esmeralda Amada Gosling, seven, and Amada Lee Gosling, six, with partner and actress Eva Mendes, 48.

Fatherhood: Ryan Gosling, 48, who notoriously keeps his personal life private, has opened up about being a father and how he balances it with his work as a movie star

Ryan explained that one of the reasons he landed his final role in Netflix’s The Gray Man was to spend time with his kids and take them to new destinations.

He added that his current role as Ken in the Barbie film is also partially inspired by his children as it allows him to start introducing his work to them.

Speaking to Heat magazine, he said: “I’m like a father first and one of the reasons I did the film [The Gray Man] was this opportunity for us to visit these interesting places and to be there with my children.”

Family matters: He shares two daughters, Esmeralda Amada Gosling, seven, and Amada Lee Gosling, six, with partner and actress Eva Mendes, 48 ​​(pictured 2012)

Family matters: He shares two daughters, Esmeralda Amada Gosling, seven, and Amada Lee Gosling, six, with partner and actress Eva Mendes, 48 ​​(pictured 2012)

He then recalled: “You know, it’s funny, we went to France and we went everywhere — we went to the Louvre and all those things. And if I were to ask her now, “What was your favorite part about France?” They’ll say, “The fruit platter at the hotel.”

Discussing how he would introduce his acting work to them, Ryan said, “Well, Barbie was a way of doing that. Not necessarily that I’m doing it for them, but it’s the first time I think they kind of understand, although they can’t understand for their whole lives, why I want to play Ken because no one plays with Ken! But that’s why we have to tell his story.

The rare insight comes after Ryan shared how he was in the middle of filming an epic explosion scene for The Gray Man when Eva called him about her daughters’ Zoom piano lessons.

Action-packed: Ryan explained that one of the reasons he landed his last role on Netflix's The Gray Man was to spend time with his kids and take them to new destinations (pictured in The Gray Man)

Action-packed: Ryan explained that one of the reasons he landed his last role on Netflix’s The Gray Man was to spend time with his kids and take them to new destinations (pictured in The Gray Man)

“This whole scene hinges on me being handcuffed to this bench and we’re in Prague and there’s a lot of explosions and I was there with Eva and the kids and they were at a hotel nearby and I got a call in the middle of one of the scenes,” he revealed on Good Morning America.

“I kind of hid behind a bench and used my free hand, and it was Eva who said, ‘How long are these explosions going to go on because the girls have a piano zoom class?'”

Ryan began dating Eva in September 2011 after work together on The Place Beyond The Pines.

Iconic: He added that his current role as Ken in the Barbie film was also partially inspired by his children as it allows him to introduce his work to them (pictured in Barbie)

Iconic: He added that his current role as Ken in the Barbie film was also partially inspired by his children as it allows him to introduce his work to them (pictured in Barbie)

Ryan spoke to GMA about two of his upcoming films, his Netflix film The Gray Man and his highly anticipated new Barbie project, in which he stars as Ken alongside Margot Robbie.

But worlds collide in The Gray Man, where Chris Evans calls Ryan’s character Court Gentry a “Ken doll.”

Ryan admitted that this line was added to the script after he was cast in the Barbie flick.

“That was after I was cast. Yes, they could just feel it I guess. I was the last to recognize the Ken in me, but now I see him clearly,” Ryan said jokingly.

Ryan joked “it’s a lot” playing Ken.

“I can’t even really get into it, we don’t have the time,” Ryan joked when asked about his new role. “It’s a lot being Ken,” he added.

Dishing on all: The rare insight comes after Ryan shared how he was in the middle of filming an epic explosion scene for The Gray Man when Eva called him about her daughters' Zoom piano lessons

Dishing on all: The rare insight comes after Ryan shared how he was in the middle of filming an epic explosion scene for The Gray Man when Eva called him about her daughters’ Zoom piano lessons

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