10 Revelations From Ryan Gosling's 1999 Teen Magazine Interview

Now all you need to win a young Ryan Gosling's heart is a time machine and a deep appreciation for jazz.

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1. He got beat up so much in elementary school that he had to be homeschooled for a year:

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“I got my share of beatings in elementary school. My mom had to pull me out to teach me at home for a year. When I went back, I was more confident. I still got beat up, but I had my pride. It teaches you what some people are like. Now, even on a bad day, at least I know I’m not getting beat up.”

3. He was a scrawny 6-year-old that used to run around in a red Speedo:

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“When I was 6, a scrawny, scrawny kid, I’d get in my red Speedo and do muscle moves. I actually thought I was muscular. I didn’t know everyone was laughing at me.”

5. He’s an insecure guy, who did not do well with the ladies:

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“Hercules [the role he played on the TV show Young Hercules] is part god and I’m not. He’s a hero and I’m not. Yet we both have the same insecurities: We’re not that great with girls! When I first heard about the audition, I told my friends and they said, ‘No offense, but look at you!’ When you look at me you don’t think ‘god.’”

6. He would date a fan!:

“I’d date a fan if she was the right girl-easy to be around, comfortable with who she is, someone who likes jazz. The thrill of dating somebody is finding out who she is. If I knew what I was looking for, it wouldn’t be as exciting.”