In 2005, Gosling appeared as a disturbed young art student in Stay, a psychological thriller film co-starring Naomi Watts and Ewan Mc Gregor. I'm just as proud if someone says, 'Hey, you made me sick in that movie,' as if they say I made them cry.” Gosling next starred in 2006's Half Nelson as a drug-addicted junior high school teacher who forms a bond with a young student.
In an uncomplimentary review of the film, Manohla Dargis of The New York Times said that Gosling "like his fans, deserves better." Gosling was unfazed by the negative reaction: "I had a kid come up to me on the street, 10 years old, and he says, 'Are you that guy from Stay? To prepare for the role, Gosling moved to New York for one month before shooting began.
He became particularly close friends with Timberlake and they lived together for six months during the second year of the show.
Timberlake's mother became Gosling's legal guardian after his mother returned to Canada for work reasons.
Following a three-year absence from the big screen, Gosling starred in five movies in 20. 2011 saw Gosling expand his horizons by appearing in three diverse, high-profile roles.
He co-starred in his first comedic role in the romantic comedy-drama Crazy, Stupid, Love, with Steve Carell and Emma Stone.
He began his career as a child star on the Disney Channel's The Mickey Mouse Club (1993–1995) and went on to appear in other family entertainment programs including Are You Afraid of the Dark? His first starring film role was as a Jewish neo-Nazi in The Believer (2001), and he went on to star in several independent films, including Murder by Numbers (2002), The Slaughter Rule (2002), and The United States of Leland (2003).
Gosling came to the attention of a wider audience in 2004 with a leading role in the commercially successful romantic drama The Notebook.
He wanted to spend more time sitting with and devising a character as well as play a variety of roles, so he chose to enter film and not accept any more television work.
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.
where Gosling and Pitt portrayed a pair of high school seniors who believe they can commit the perfect murder.
Bullock played the detective tasked with investigating the crime.