While the actor-turned-musician trend has been rightfully critiqued in recent years, it’s no secret that aspiring talents of the golden age were once expected to be triple threats with the skillset to sing, dance, and act. Anyone that knows their ‘90s history is aware that Gosling grew up performing on Disney’s The New Mickey Mouse Club alongside pop icons Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Justin Timberlake. As their careers ascended into global stardom, Gosling veered far away from the Magic Kingdom toward the grittier parts of Hollywood that would eventually earn him Oscar nominations instead of his former cast mate’s Grammy awards.
Over the decades, Gosling has starred in a carousel of beloved indie films while also turning on the charm in the occasional romantic comedy. Somewhere in the midst of all that, the Canadian heartthrob decided to start a band with Zach Shields called Dead Man’s Bones. According to Rolling Stone, the pair met through his ex-girlfriend and The Notebook co-star McAdams. In 2009, the duo dropped their debut self-titled album on ANTI- Records which earned a respectable 7.1 rating on Pitchfork. Given that it came out after Gosling’s role in the dark sex doll comedy Lars and the Real Girl, the eerie vibes feel very aligned.