Ryan Gosling loves to knit: ‘If I had to design my perfect day, that would be it’

You know what’s kind of funny to me? That stupid-looking Gangster Squad movie only made it to #3 in its opening weekend box office. Number one was Zero Dark Thirty, as it deserved to be, I think (I saw it this weekend too). While I’m not completely opposed to gangster movies and I’m definitely not opposed to Anthony Mackie, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone having hit movies, Gangster Squad looked like a turd of filmmaking and storytelling, so I’m glad it did poorly. Still, Ryan has to promote the damn thing! Which brings me a different point – Ryan is the hipster your mother loves. Like, my mom loves him much more than I will ever love him. I find his super-sensitive act grating and annoying, but women really buy into it, and Ryan seems to continue to pander to that demographic. Ryan is the cover interview in the new issue of GQ Australia (it’s not a new photoshoot), and he talks about his love of… knitting. Yes. Seriously.

Ryan Gosling may be a major film star, but his perfect day involves something entirely un-glamorous — yarn and knitting needles.

“I did this scene in ‘Lars and the Real Girl’ where I was in a room full of old ladies who were knitting, and it was an all-day scene, so they showed me how. It was one of the most relaxing days of my life,” Ryan told GQ Australia’s February/March 2013 issue.

In fact, it wasn’t just relaxing. The box office hunk said it was perfect!

“If I had to design my perfect day, that would be it,” he said. “And you get something out of it at the end. You get a nice present. For someone who wants an oddly shaped, off-putting scarf.”

Ryan also shared with the mag a story of how he was swept into the world of rock ‘n’ roll as a child, thanks to his uncle, who was an Elvis Presley impersonator.

“When I was a kid, (my uncle) was certainly the most interesting thing going on in the house. He made his own costumes, did all the sequins — it took months. And I became a bit like his shadow, helping him when I could,” Ryan said. “He was in the mirror, working on the voice and singing, and he (slowly) created this character, and then he put together an act and performed in a local talent show. And because I was so interested, he made me the head of security. As a joke.”

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I’m not saying Ryan doesn’t genuinely enjoy knitting, or that he’s somehow less of a man because he likes to knit because gender stereotypes, blah, etc. Men can enjoy knitting. I’m not judging that. I’m judging Ryan for talking about it in an interview with GQ because he seems to only care about how much your mom loves him. It’s weird, right? It’s like Ryan wants to appeal to Patrick Dempsey’s demographics, right?

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  1. Nina W says:

    Actually, oddly, it makes me like him more. I’ve never understood his appeal but I like that he admits to liking knitting and his Uncle’s Elvis thing. Seems real and not some manufactured image he’s trying to project to seem “hip”.

    • Raven says:

      Agreed. I don’t think it’s an act at all.

      • Lauren says:

        Ryan comes from a small town-next to London, Ontario..where i live. I believe he enjoys knitting and simple pleasures..like raw-dirty sex. Thus he is with Eva M. I am amazed at all he has accomplished— and watch Murder By Numbers..in the last scene he licks Sandra Bullocks nose. The Notebook love scenes are so lovely too. My fav. films of Ryan are Blue Valentine and Last Nelson.

    • RocketMerry says:

      I know, right? It’s unusual, fearless, cool (AND a bit hipster-ish, to me)… which makes him kinda sexy. He knows what he’s saying, that man.

    • Belle says:

      +3. I think the knitting thing is kind of funny and endearing… and no, I’m not a grandma! Ryan can knit me an oddly shaped, off-putting scarf anytime… I will wear it while he lifts me into the air while listening to ‘Time of my Life’. Oh, and then we’ll bang. 😉

      • The Original Tiffany says:

        Late to the party, but I kind of love him for this and so does my 14 year old daughter. She is a knitter.

    • Ranunculus says:

      Oh please can this guy just STFU and go away!

      • ??? says:

        I second that.
        I admit with embarrassment I used to blindly buy into Gosling’s sensitive-hipster act. But I snapped out of it at some point and have since seen the light.

  2. Erinn says:

    But… isn’t knitting kind of a hipster thing anyway? There was a knitting club at my Uni and it seemed to be all of the hipster demographic that was interested in it.

    • Wif says:

      Not a hipster thing. An awesome thing!!!

      You gonna call Nana a hipster?

      • Erinn says:

        Well, my nana is on her third hip, so I think it’d be a fitting title! (She wouldn’t find this offensive fyi…I’m seriously not being cruel, she’s laughed at this before)

        I personally suck at knitting… but love getting knitted things.

    • Merritt says:

      Not even remotely a just hipster thing. Many young men and women like to knit who are decidedly not hipsters.

      • Sweet Dee says:

        “Decidedly?” Who decides who is or who is not a hipster? It can’t be the hipsters…they have to say they’re NOT hipsters or they’re not cool.

    • lori says:

      Plenty of Canadians knit. It’s F’ing cold up here dudes.

  3. Celeste says:

    I’m with Nina; that makes me like him more.
    Now if only someone could get the guy to full-on smile. His mom looks sweet.
    Oh, and I’ll take a scarf in red and white please!

  4. Tifygodess24 says:

    I’m out of the loop with the whole Hey girl (?) thing and really of Ryan in general. I’ve never seen the notebook or anything but I’ve always wondered after I read about him , is he for damn real? Or does the media play him out the way women want to see him? I guess his persona confuses me. I don’t know if I would want a man who knits, takes baths all the time and cries about his period….??? Lol I like sensitive but he seems overkill?

    • Belle says:

      Who knows what his real deal is… I prefer to think of him as The Notebook guy. 🙂 You should watch it… I’m particularly fond of the scene with a perfectly lovely and proper canoe ride that turns into a rainy downpour… and then gets nasty and wet up against a wall.

    • j.eyre says:

      I need an explanation of Hey Girl too.

      • marie says:

        yes please, someone explain. I’ve been asking for months.

      • Miss Kiki says:

        There seem to be a lot of ‘hey girl’ memes involving The Gos, I’m not sure if that’s where it originated or if it’s just a by product. Clearly we’re all waaay out of the loop.

    • Sweet Dee says:

      I don’t know/care if it’s real, but I’d bet it’s an act he’s been putting on so long he’s adopted it. As in, he probably does like knitting and crying at his own movies and long walks on the beach at sunset, but he talked himself into being that guy.

      Ugh, how exhausting. I had a boyfriend who was all mooshy like that and it just grew so tiresome. It was like “UGH STOP CRYING” after awhile, you know? I guess my perception is that men like that tend to be very high maintenance and I can’t deal. 😉

      • LAK says:

        That is so funny and so close to a dating experience i once had. I’d convinced myself that i had to go the opposite way because clearly my usual types were not working out.

        After a week i couldn’t STAND it!! As Samantha would say,’I don’t want to listen to your goddamn poetry or music or sensitive musings about rainbows, just get over here…!

        The worst was he was a mummy’s boy too. And not just that he loved his mother, but every daily decision was run through a mental ‘what would mummy say/do’ filter if he wasn’t actually on the phone to her asking her opinion. When he criticised my cooking based on the fact that HIS mother cooked in a particular way…..it was the perfect excuse to let him go.

        And then made me feel like a bitch because he cried…..


      • Jaxx says:

        I know, I know, on paper, of course you want a sensitive guy who has emotions and is not afraid to use them but……
        Every time a guy has cried in front of me (unless someone he loved died) I feel so uncomfortable and just want to tell him to snap out of it.

    • j.eyre says:

      OK, this is what I have gotten so far, and honestly, I think I am sated:

      “Ryan Gosling is the celebrity most capable of generating a meme. He not only inspires Tumblr blogs — including the oft-cited “[Bleep] Yeah, Ryan Gosling,” where the “Hey girl” catchphrase was born in 2009, and the inspired “Is Ryan Gosling Cuter Than a Puppy?” — he also spawns Tumblrs based on his own Tumblrs. (See “Feminist Ryan Gosling,” which features photos of Gosling accompanied by captions like, “Hey girl. Gender is a social construct but everyone likes to cuddle.”)

      Ryan Gosling is aware of his own meme-ability, which means that he will read “Hey girl” blog entries out loud during interviews while giggling.”

      Source: http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2011-11-26/lifestyle/35281293_1_blue-valentine-bradley-cooper-blogs

      I also saw this but it is not answering me in small, concise snippets so I am giving up:


  5. Anti-Hippocrites says:

    omg that is the absolute definition of hipster. Knitting is so Alt (for guys anyway)….feeling meh about Gosling these days

    • Merritt says:

      Originally men were the knitters not women.

      Shame that everyone what to write off a fun and productive hobby as “hipster”.

      • mommak918 says:

        I agree. My husband who is a burly, wakeboarding, snowboarding mechanic…sews. He doesn’t knit, but he sews lots and lots of things. Its a sexy quality to me. He does furniture and clothes! He does waaay better than me and I admire his work and talents. In fact, he even parlayed it into a side job…it was an accident but he gets asked all the time by friends and family to mend items and upholster chairs!

        And my two cents,
        Ryan is sexy. He needs to drop the girlfriend. But I love him!

  6. jules says:

    Yeah, I didn’t read it as him trying to project a particular image; I think he just genuinely loves knitting, and I can’t fault him for that.

  7. shewolf says:

    Who cares. My husband is 6’3 220 lbs of hair and muscle and he eats yogurt like a little girl in a commercial. It happens.

    • jamie says:

      oh my god that’s hysterical

    • Bodhi says:


    • I Choose Me says:

      Hahaha. Exactly. When did eating yogurt become a woman only thing? My husbad <— not correcting that, eats up all the yogurt in the house all the time. His fave is strawberry banana.

      Anyway, I still love Ryan. Even if I do give the side-eye to some of the things he says and does.

  8. bns says:

    Of course he does.

  9. bopit says:

    oh he can knit me a scarf allllll day

  10. Suzy from Ontario says:

    Hey, he’s Canadian, of course he’s real. He just seems like a nice guy who’s secure enough to talk about stuff like the knitting and not worry about if people will think he’s not manly enough. It took me a while, but now I like him a lot. I just saw Gangster Squad last Sunday and loved his character. The style of the time really suits him.

    • Erinn says:

      As a Nova Scotian, I have to bring up a major flaw to this ‘real’ theory. Two words: Justin Beiber.

    • Samigirl says:

      I loved Gangster Squad as well, but (as much as I LOVE the Gosdong), I could not STAND his voice in it. If Ryan really spoke like that and hit on me, I would shoot him down. He sounded 12. It was the worst.

      • Miss M says:

        @Samigirl: I agree! I saw Gangster squad this week and I enjoyed. I could not stand his voice. I really didn’t buy Emma as a bombshell, etc. Gos and Emma have huge onscreen chemistry, don’t they?

  11. Miss Kiki says:

    I am not drinking the Gos kool-aid. He’s a good actor but that’s as far as it goes for me. Y’all can have him.

  12. cannonball says:

    oh how cute. he can sit in my living room anytime.

  13. EscapedConvent says:

    And now I love the baby goose even more.

  14. OhDear says:

    That’s pretty awesome.

  15. jamie says:

    This is a tough call. Part of me wants to do a major eye roll and the other half gets all warm and fuzzy over the thought of Ryan Gosling spending all day being taught how to knit by a roomful of old ladies.

  16. Hope says:

    I’ll file this away under “reasons the Ryan Gosling being gay rumors might be true.” Not because of gender stereotypes. Because if you told me Hugh Jackman or Russell Brand loved to knit I would still think they were 100% straight. But Ryan? I don’t know, man. My gaydar pings every time I look at this boy.

  17. EJ says:

    *cough* gay *cough*

  18. ladybert62 says:

    My husband does counted cross stitch(and beautifully!) – he finds it very relaxing – and he is a manly man!

    Many people are surprised to hear that he does it but if a woman can do it and find it relaxing so can a man!

    • Samigirl says:

      I JUST taught my husband how to cross stich. I traded him for crochet lessons. I was trying so hard to crochet. After the 3rd day, he gave a big sigh, came over to the couch, and showed me how to do it properly. I was like…”WTH? You’ve been watching me struggle and you didn’t help?” His mamaw taught him how to, lol. We both find it relaxing as well.

  19. snappyfish says:

    how would ryan like a custom knit banana hammock? i knit, so that could be arranged.

  20. Lulu says:

    The first knitters were men. It all began with making fishing nets. Many men still enjoy the art.

  21. Rachel says:

    I would just like to point out that he didn’t actually say he knits. He referenced one time when some ladies tried to teach him how to knit, and he found it very relaxing (which it is – good for my ocd). I honestly doubt he sits around knitting in his free time, but recalls how relaxing it was, so when someone asks him what his perfect day would be, he wants to recapture that feeling.

    However, I’m pretty sure Pinterest has already crashed from the Hey Girl memes being pinned off this quote…

    • annabelle says:

      You just made diet coke come out of my nose. Too funny.

      • Rachel says:

        Ouch. I once shot spaghetti out of my nose. True story. We were eating dinner when one of my friends said real fear was walking a tightrope, naked, with just your balls in a harness. It was all over after that.

  22. JPC says:

    My mother loves the hell out of Ryan Gosling, and she’s 64. She will watch anything he’s in (though I’ve warned her away from Blue Valentine).

    Admittedly, besides Daniel Craig, he’s the only other guy she and I can agree on.

  23. Summer says:

    Do you see how proud his mom looks in the last photo?
    She’s like ” dayumn, he came out of MY vag*na!!”

  24. TQB says:

    ” It’s weird, right? It’s like Ryan wants to appeal to Patrick Dempsey’s demographics, right?”

    And it’s WORKING.

  25. Victoria1 says:

    He’s determined to make my lady boner rendered impotent for him. First Eva, now this? Boo

  26. KellyinSeattle says:

    My boyfriend is a beef jerky and beer type, but he knows how to sew (and I don’t)….who knows? I find it endearing. It’s like my best friend; she kicks ass in fixing cars.

  27. annabelle says:

    It’s funny that he mentioned the Lars role. I was very off put by his overbearing prettiness, but once I saw Lars and the Real Girl I joined the Hey Girl legions.

    • Chordy says:

      Yes! Every time I he does something like walk down the street in Park Slope playing a lute, I just remember how much I love him as Lars. He brings Jimmy Stewart levels of warm fuzzies in that movie.

    • Belle says:

      Loved that movie!

  28. Feebeekiwi says:

    This guy cracks me up.

  29. nina says:

    He’s so fake…

  30. happyhomo says:

    Lawd have mercy, I like a sensitive man but Ryan baby you are pushing it.First of all please get rid of the fake New York accent,you are a Canadian.It is enough!It has gotten to a point where I can’t even watch his movies because his fake voice is just annoying.And 2, we get it, you are a good man and you want to be everybody’s perfect boyfriend.I’m surprised he hasn’t said that he doesn’t mind buying his girl’s tampons and rubbing her feet while they watch The Bachelor.But if you lay it on too thick it just sounds like you’re making it up and telling the ladies what they want to hear.Give it a rest.

  31. Just Me says:

    He is SO trolling his fanbase.

  32. Hmmm says:

    Yeah, but does he knit now? I want proof, some candid from a set.

    Years ago, I bumped into Rosey Grier (Am. football player) once in Michael’s (craft store) down in LA. He was known to love to do needlepoint.

    • Oi says:

      Didn’t see your comment before I posted mine! So glad someone else is a Rosey fan! Wonderful man.

  33. Syko says:

    I don’t like his orange suit.

  34. Oi says:

    Rosey Grier played in the NFL, was the Secret Service agent who caught Kennedy’s killer,he sings, he acts and he does macrame and needlepoint. He did needlepoint on the sidelines at games. Yeah, nice try Ryan. Not new, not hip. You’re still annoying. And no, I never got that appeal. He just annoys. He’s at the bottom of my list for tough/cool roles, yet he gets them. Why?

  35. Ms Kay says:

    Believe me or not but it happened 2 years ago, we watched Lars and The Real Girl with my Mother and she turned to me and said : “…awww poor him I just want to knit a reindeer sweater for him..”.. So I’m having a WTF moment here, he might as well be knitting friends with my Mother eh!

  36. Maritza says:

    The knitting actually makes him more interesting. I love the picture of his mother looking so proud of him.

  37. serena says:

    LOOL, sorry still prefer Patrick over him. And a lot too.

  38. moon says:

    you know what ryan reminds me of? a manic pixie dream girl.

  39. bilinga says:

    I rented the movie Drive just out of boredome, not knowing who Ryan G is. I was absolutely blown away. I then rented and viewed as many Ryan G movies I could find, including the notebook, Lars, Blue Valentine…I love this man and his acting ability, I believe he can do anything as far as character. But I’m in love with him!!! Last time that happened was with Marlon Brando… just gave my age away, I can’t help it, the heart wants what the heart wants!!!!

    As far as movie star unrequited love goes

  40. Ravensdaughter says:

    OMG, now I know he’s my perfect man for me! I can see us in our old age, knitting by the fire with cats in each of our laps. I assume he loves cats-he HAS to love cats-it would be totally consistent with his awesome sensitive man personality!
    Men who knit are totally cool-kicking out a scarf every now and then IS relaxing-it’s not like he’s knitting something up for Project Runway!
    Don’t give in to stereotypes, ladies!