He was dropped by his agent and initially found it difficult to secure work because of the "stigma" attached to children's television.
After a supporting role in the football drama Remember the Titans, Gosling secured a lead role as a young Jewish neo-Nazi in 2001's The Believer.
Director Henry Bean said he cast Gosling because his Mormon upbringing helped him understand the isolation of Judaism.
Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly described him as "a phenomenal talent even in junk like this" His second screen appearance of 2002 was in The Slaughter Rule with David Morse which explores the relationship between a high school football player and his troubled coach in rural Montana.
And Ryan is certainly private and always has been.” While the actress had said in the past she wasn’t planning to get married or have children, “with Ryan things are different,” a friend told PEOPLE.
“She’s very independent, but she’s content with her partner.
Gosling came to the attention of a wider audience in 2004 with a leading role in the commercially successful romantic drama The Notebook.
His performance as a drug-addicted teacher in Half Nelson (2006) was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor and his performance as a socially inept loner in Lars and the Real Girl (2007) was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
His directorial debut, Lost River, was released to poor reviews in 2014.