Though he may have inadvertently become the poster boy of feminist men everywhere thanks to an internet meme gone viral, there's no denying Ryan Gosling isn't all that different from his meme counterpart.
Not sure how often Gosling says, "Hey, girl," in his daily life, but we're pretty positive his two daughters — Esmeralda, 20 months, and Amada, one month — will both grow up with a healthy sense of self. Proof positive are his latest statements on men and women in an interview with ES Magazine.
Gosling discusses just how much of himself he considers feminine:
"I’d say 49 per cent, sometimes 47 per cent, it depends on what day you catch me."
Chromosomally speaking, he's not far off. But it's his statements on the superiority of women to men that really get our ears twitching:
"I think women are better than men. They are stronger. More evolved. You can tell especially when you have daughters and you see their early stages, they are just leaps and bounds beyond boys immediately."
Gosling even has high hopes of a woman holding the US presidency someday soon, saying the position needs "a women's touch."
It isn't just nowadays that Gosling is living in a female-centric household; as a boy, he was raised by his mother and older sister. His mom even homeschooled him for a time when he had trouble fitting in at school. He used this freedom to try out dance and perform with his sister at weddings. Clearly his family and upbringing have influenced the range and flexibility his career depicts, not least of which is being a box office certainty in films aimed at women.
As if he couldn't melt our hearts any further, Gosling concludes his statements on women with this little gem:
"They are better than us. They make me better."
Excuse me, I have to go post this to a few people's Facebook pages...
Gosling can be seen in The Nice Guys, currently in theaters, and later this year in La La Land with Emma Stone, where we'll get to see him sing and dance as God intended.