Ryan Gosling reveals one rather surprising life regret

Posted by
Susan Devaney

We all have regrets – some big, some small.

But surely Ryan Gosling, award-winning actor, winner of feminist hearts the world over, subject of colouring books, doesn’t have any?

Wrong, he has one. And it is, of course, terribly sweet.

In an interview for the October issue of The Red Bulletin, the actor admitted he has one big regret from his childhood: giving up on ballet lessons.

“I had been training [in ballet], but never got to the point where I was comfortable with it,” said Gosling, according to Us Weekly

“It was a struggle for me. I had an option to do ballet when I was a kid, but thought it was too girly. So I didn’t spend the time on it that I should have. But I really wish that I had, because it can bring such a benefit to your life.”


Gosling, who recently dazzled us with his vocals, dance moves and piano skills in La La Land (all of which landed him a Golden Globe), has been a mover and shaker from an early age – joining Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake in the hallowed ranks of former Mouseketeers, no less – so this news does come as something of a surprise.

And given his feminist credentials, as an adult he no doubt chastises his child self for ever giving up on something because it was “girly”.

In fact, it almost certainly plays on his mind, as this is not the first time he has expressed his upset over his ballet choice.

During a 2011 appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Gosling admitted he still took classes occasionally.

“I take like a class, like a public class,” he explained.

“I’m terrible. Everyone is good except for me … I’m so bad at it and inflexible that they have to bring out a special barre when we do the barre work part of the class.”


And again in 2013, the actor spoke to Heat magazine about having previously tried to get back into ballet. 

“I used to [go to ballet classes], but I was terrible. Plus, people started filming me with their phones, and I was like ‘I don’t think I can go to this class anymore. I think ballet was done with me though!’”

Surrounded by seven-year-old girls, he said they’d both tease and help him, saying: “You’re old, you’re not good, I’ve seen you in movies and it’s weird that you’re here.”

Hey Ryan, we say grab those pumps and try, try again.

Images: Rex Features