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However, not everyone seemed thrilled about the platinum hair Gosling sported for the character. And to those critics, Mendes felt a reminder.
“People do know he’s not playing a real person, right?” she said on The Talk. “He’s playing a fake person.
During the show, host Jerry O’Connell debuted his own take on the Ken look, and Mendes couldn’t help but think that Gosling had started a trend.
“I feel like my man has started a real renaissance,” the entrepreneur said, “like a Ken-aissance.”
And in case you were wondering, yes, she’s seen the memes about Gosling’s Ken. Mendes—who shares daughters Emerald7, and Loved6, with The Notebook alum—spoke about one particular post that caught her attention that features side-by-side images of Gosling playing Ken in Barbie and Court Gentry in The Gray Man along with the words, “Inside of you there are 2 Ryan Goslings.”
So which would Mendes choose? “Well I definitely want to spend my nights with the Gray Man and then spend my days with Ken,” she replied. “That’s a party. ‘Cause Ken’s fun and the Gray Man, you know.”
Fans can see Gosling and Margot Robbie in Barbie when it hits theaters July 21, 2023.