Eva Mendes gushes over her partner Ryan Gosling and shares a snap of him in new Barbie movie


‘That’s my Ken!’ Eva Mendes gushes over her partner Ryan Gosling and shares a snap of him in new Barbie movie in a rare public display for the notoriously private couple

Eva Mendes has gushed over her partner Ryan Gosling in a rare public display of affection as she shared her excitement for his upcoming live-action Barbie movie.

The actress, 48, took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a first-look photograph of Ryan, 41, embodying the beloved Mattel Ken doll for the Warner Bros film.

The snap showed the Canadian actor showing off an orange-hued tan and shiny chiseled chest in a revealing double denim ensemble, and debuted his bleached-white hair for the role.

Sweet: Eva Mendes has gushed over her partner Ryan Gosling in a rare public display of affection as she shared her excitement for his upcoming live-action Barbie movie

Sweet: Eva Mendes has gushed over her partner Ryan Gosling in a rare public display of affection as she shared her excitement for his upcoming live-action Barbie movie 

'That's my Ken!': In a caption alongside the snap, Eva gushed over her partner's achievement as she revealed that she was 'so excited' for fans to see the much-anticipated Barbie movie

‘That’s my Ken!’: In a caption alongside the snap, Eva gushed over her partner’s achievement as she revealed that she was ‘so excited’ for fans to see the much-anticipated Barbie movie

In a caption alongside the snap, Eva gushed over her partner’s achievement as she revealed she was ‘so excited’ for fans to see the much-anticipated Barbie movie.

In a very rare public post about her beau, she penned: ‘So. F. Funny. So. F. Good. So F excited for you to see this…#Thatsmyken.’

Eva and Ryan rarely post about each other on social media as they mostly keep their romance private and under wraps.

The couple began dating in September 2011 after working together on the film The Place Beyond The Pines but were friends for a ‘long time’ before their romance.

Private: Eva and Ryan (both pictured in March 2013) rarely post about each other on social media as they mostly keep their romance under wraps

Private: Eva and Ryan (both pictured in March 2013) rarely post about each other on social media as they mostly keep their romance under wraps

At the time, a source told Us Weekly that there has ‘always been this strong chemistry between them.. this was just a matter of time’.

In early September 2011, the duo were spotted packing on the PDA during a date night to Disneyland in Anaheim.

By the following September, the couple made their red carpet debut at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of The Place Beyond The Pines.

In September 2014, Eva and Ryan welcomed their first child together, Esmeralda Amada, now seven.

Film: They began dating in September 2011 after working together on The Place Beyond The Pines (pictured on the film) but were friends for a 'long time' before their romance

Film: They began dating in September 2011 after working together on The Place Beyond The Pines (pictured on the film) but were friends for a ‘long time’ before their romance

They welcomed their second child, daughter Amada Lee, now six, in April 2016.

Eva’s post came just hours after Warner Bros. unveiled a first look picture of Ryan as Ken, as he gears up to star alongside Margot Robbie in the Barbie movie.

The snap was released via a tweet simply with the film title and a release date of July 21, 2023, that was previously revealed when they shared the first image of Margot, 31, as Barbie in April.

It appears as though Ryan was dressed as the ‘Earring Magic Ken’ version of the doll introduced by Mattel in 1993, as a companion to its ‘Earring Magic Barbie’ figure.

Family: In September 2014, Eva and Ryan welcomed their first child together, Esmeralda Amada, now seven, and their second child, daughter Amada Lee, now six, in April 2016

Family: In September 2014, Eva and Ryan welcomed their first child together, Esmeralda Amada, now seven, and their second child, daughter Amada Lee, now six, in April 2016

This particular version of the Ken doll featured an updated look with the character sporting blonde highlights, instead of his traditional brown hair. 

The doll also featured a lavender mesh shirt, a purple leather jacket and jewelry including an earring and a necklace. 

Upon release, it became the highest-selling Ken doll in history and caused a stir when some people speculated that designers had taken inspiration from the gay clubbing scene in early nineties New York and Los Angeles.

Double take: Ryan, 41, is the spitting image of the beloved Mattel doll

Inspiration: It appears as though Ryan is dressed as the 'Earring Magic Ken' version of the doll introduced by Mattel in 1993, as a companion to its 'Earring Magic Barbie' figure (Pictured)

Meet Ken! Eva’s post came just hours after Warner Bros. unveiled a first look picture of Ryan as Ken, as he gears up to star alongside Margot Robbie in the live-action Barbie movie 

Stunning: The Australian actress looked absolutely iconic behind the wheel of a pink classic Chevrolet Corvette in front of what looked like the Barbie Mansion

Stunning: The Australian actress looked absolutely iconic behind the wheel of a pink classic Chevrolet Corvette in front of what looked like the Barbie Mansion

Ryan is known for his serious acting work in acclaimed films such as Drive, Blade Runner 2049, Blue Valentine, and Half Nelson.

Sporting a cheesy grin and white underwear branded with his character’s name, the role of Ken certainly appears to be somewhat of a left turn for the thespian. 

Certainly, Twitter appeared to agree as film fans took to the micro-blogging site to react to the startling image of Ryan showing off his buff body. 

First reactions: Fans flooded social media as they responded to the first look at Ryan

First reactions: Fans flooded social media as they responded to the first look at Ryan 

‘Damn Ryan, you nailed it,’ one fan wrote, while another declared, ‘OMG! The perfect Ken casting!’

Others remarked at the ‘camp’ aesthetic of the image, with one Twitter user joking: ‘Brb going back in the closet real quick so I can come out again for this.’

Writer Evan Ross Katz captioned his post: ‘Looking camp right in the eye, here’s the first still of Ryan Gosling as Ken.’  

One die-hard Barbie fan wrote: ‘I was hoping for golden blonde hair but I guess this is satire.’ 

Some pointed out the fact that Ken is supposed to be younger, with one fan writing: ‘Hollywood has not invested in any young male stars in the last fifteen years and this is a perfect example. Why is Ken in his forties?’ 

Another joked: ‘Why did I think this was a Love Island promo?’ 

Little Women and Ladybird filmmaker Greta Gerwig is directing the project, and wrote the script for the film with her longtime partner Noah Baumbach.

Cheeky responses: Fans couldn't resist sharing their thoughts on Ryan's role of a lifetime

Cheeky responses: Fans couldn’t resist sharing their thoughts on Ryan’s role of a lifetime 

Ryan's look: This particular version of the Ken doll featured an updated look with the character sporting blonde highlights, instead of his traditional brown hair

Ryan’s look: This particular version of the Ken doll featured an updated look with the character sporting blonde highlights, instead of his traditional brown hair

The film features an all-star cast including Will Ferrell, Issa Rae, Simu Liu, Kate McKinnon, America Ferrera, Michael Cera, and Alexandra Shipp. 

A synopsis on IMDB of the upcoming film reads: ‘A doll living in “Barbieland” is expelled for not being perfect enough and sets off on an adventure in the real world. A Live-action feature film based on the popular line of Barbie toys.’

Margot has been long slated to play the world’s most iconic fashion doll in a live-action movie and back in December 2020, she vowed to give audiences ‘something totally different.’

Heartthrob: Ryan's pin-up status was cemented in the 2011 rom com Crazy, Stupid, Love

Heartthrob: Ryan’s pin-up status was cemented in the 2011 rom com Crazy, Stupid, Love

Opting for something ‘a little left center,’ when it comes to her portrayal of the Mattel doll, the project will be produced by her LuckyChap Entertainment Company whose motto is, ‘If it’s not a f**k, yes, it’s a no.’

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about the project Robbie said: ‘Something like Barbie where the IP, the name itself, people immediately have an idea of, “Oh Margot is playing Barbie, I know what that is.”

‘But our goal is to be like, “Whatever you’re thinking, we’re going to give you something totally different – the thing you didn’t know you wanted.”‘ 

 The live-action Barbie flick is set for release on July 21, 2023.

Barbie girl: Margot has been long slated to play the world's most iconic fashion doll in a live-action movie and back in December 2020, she vowed to give audiences 'something totally different'

Iconic role: Robbie will portray the iconic fashion doll in a new movie about Barbie being expelled from Barbie Land, in what is a bit of dystopian take

Barbie girl: Margot has been long slated to play the world’s most iconic fashion doll in a live-action movie and back in December 2020, she vowed to give audiences ‘something totally different’

Coming soon: The live-action Barbie flick is set for release on July 21, 2023

Coming soon: The live-action Barbie flick is set for release on July 21, 2023

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