A Reminder That ’00s Ryan Gosling Was Truly Iconic

He was very different back then.

We’re all familiar with 2017 Ryan Gosling – he’s a dashing chap, and brilliant actor to boot.

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But how about ’00s Ryan Gosling? He was a different guy back then. Many different guys. Let’s take a look…

1. ’00s Ryan Gosling was that hot fuckboy in school who sung in a band, whom you fancied despite your better instincts.

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2. But he was also your younger brother at a funeral.

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3. ’00s Ryan was that guy you dated who spent quite a bit of time on his hair but didn’t change his pants that often.

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4. He was your friend’s older brother who you fancied but mainly because you didn’t know any other guys yet.

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5. He’s a guy whispering “Weed and pills, weed and pills” outside the club.

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6. ’00s Ryan Gosling is that boy that came back from his gap year in Thailand indignant about all the injustice in this world.


7. He’d lost loads of weight at a silent Buddhist retreat and had a bunch of amazing new ideas about meditation.

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8. ’00s Ryan Gosling was attractive, sure, but you knew deep down you were ignoring the issue of his taste in T-shirts.

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9. ’00s Ryan Gosling wasn’t wearing that jacket when he asked you out on the bus.

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10. He was one of those guys who grew a moustache “for charity” but you knew he secretly just wanted a moustache and it kind of annoyed you that he wasn’t honest about that.

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11. ’00s Ryan Gosling works with your dad and has a really glam wife who’s always dressed to the nines.

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12. ’00s Ryan Gosling broke your heart when he asked someone else to the end-of-year dance.

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13. ’00s Gosling is the first boy you brought home that your mum approved of.

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14. ’00s Ryan was that older guy you boasted about to your friends, without questioning what a 30-year-old was doing kissing an 18-year-old anyway.

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15. He was the “funny one” in the group who wore wacky suits.

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16. He was the shy exchange student who was a gentle kisser, but quite awkward in bed.

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17. He was the estate agent who showed your parents round their new house.

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18. ’00s Ryan Gosling was your sweet best guy friend, a real Mr Nice. You didn’t fancy him, but convinced yourself you did and that was a mistake.

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You broke ’00s Ryan Gosling’s heart, and you’ll always feel bad about that.

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Becky Barnicoat is writer and illustrator for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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