What is it that is so captivating about Ryan Gosling? He's played a range of characters, from the perfect boyfriend Noah in The Notebook to the suave GQ playboy in Crazy, Stupid, Love to the mysterious motorcycle rider in The Place Beyond the Pines (out Friday). He's become an icon for feminists and the face of the incredibly hilarious “Hey Girl” meme. And most importantly, he's—well, have you seen him? The man looks great even at his ugliest.
But there is so much more behind that quietly confident exterior, those “are they really not photoshopped?” abs, and crinkly smile than meets the eye. Here are 30 things you didn’t know about Ryan Gosling.