He melted hearts around the world in The Notebook, made you swoon with his "photoshopped" abs in Crazy, Stupid, Love, and captivated you in The Place Beyond The Pines. So when Gosling announced he was taking a break from acting two years ago, it was as if the world was actually ending.
But now we've learned that while he was absent from the big screen, he was busy writing and directing his very first film, Lost River. I headed to Apple's "Meet The Filmmaker" event to hear about the movie from Gosling first-hand — and I can happily confirm that he is, in fact, a real live human being and not a beautiful figment of our imagination. Here's what I learned.