Is Ryan Gosling’s tribute to Eva Mendes the ultimate ‘Hey, Girl’?

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If you think all the fuss about Ryan Gosling is a little OTT, maybe this Golden Globes “Hey Girl” speech will change your mind.

Hey Girl…

At yesterday’s sparkling awards juggernaut, the Golden Globes, actor Ryan Gosling caused many hearts to flutter with a particularly wordy PDA.

The much-memed star used his acceptance speech to publicly – and seemingly genuinely – thank his partner-in-parenting-and-life, Eva Mendes for holding the fort at home so he could play the role.

In a move that had many viewers in tears, the La La Land star outlined the important part Eva plays in supporting his career. He also revealed she’d been caring for her late brother, Juan Carlos, as he underwent cancer treatment, while Ryan was away shooting the now award winning film.


“My lady”

Gosling was clear about just how hard Mendes had worked to make his La La Land experience possible.

“While I was singing and dancing and playing piano and having one of the best experiences I have ever had on a film, my lady was raising our daughter, pregnant with our second and trying to help her brother fight his battle with cancer,” Ryan said.

“If she hadn’t have taken all that on so that I could have this experience, it would surely be someone else up here other than me today. So sweetheart, thank you.”

Ryan then dedicated his La La Land Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Motion Picture Award to the memory of his brother-in-law Juan Carlos, who sadly died in April.



Gosling’s outpouring had its critics, however, with some saying it was sexist and further highlighted the gender imbalance on the silver screen, with Eva perhaps putting her acting career second to her partner’s.

It was also suggested that Ryan was confirming the adage that women are carers, better at keeping the home fires burning and that “behind every man is a great woman,” – all concepts that have women toiling way behind the scenes.

Still, it seemed like a really genuine speech to me, and I think it’s really important to acknowledge the support we receive from others as we navigate life. It was nice to see a high profile gent doing that.

What do you think? Is this a next-level Hey Girl move? A genuine, lovely speech?

Or are Ryan’s critics right? Is it a possibly sexist, profile-boosting strategy designed to get Gosling on front pages and home pages around the world?



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