There's a big reason why you don't hear much from Ryan Gosling anymore...
Ryan is a big player in the Hollywood scene.
via: Getty ImagesBut you'll have probably noticed that you don't tend to see his face on the big screen anymore.
Well, it turns out there's a big reason for this...
via: Getty ImagesAnd it's left fans both shocked and devastated, to say the least.
Now, Ryan had a very early introduction to the world of acting...
via: Getty ImagesHaving first found success by joining the cast of The Mickey Mouse Club in 1993.
The club marked the beginning of the careers of many of our favorite stars...
via: imdbIncluding the likes of Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera.
Fun fact: one of Sylvester Stallone's action films proved to be an early influence for Gosling as a kid.
Of course, this didn't go down too well with staff at the school...
Anyway, his first big break in the house of the mouse was a major gig.During which he sang, danced, and acted alongside several other stars. "I went through puberty in a theme park," the star explained to Esquire magazine, regarding the show's process of filming at Walt Disney World in Florida. "I'm grateful. That place was a landscape to me. I had adventures every day."
After the show was canceled in 1995...
He continued to gain attention, and at the age of seventeen, Ryan moved to Los Angeles...
via: Getty ImagesThe move enabled him to star as the title character in the popular teen series Young Hercules.
But, it wasn't until 2000 that Ryan made his big-screen debut.
via: Getty ImagesThe rising star bagged a supporting role in the sports drama Remember the Titans (2000), starring alongside Denzel Washington.
And, just a year later...
via: Getty ImagesRyan finally got his big break.
2001's The Believer marked a major big-screen breakthrough for the star.
via: imdbThe actor played a Jewish neo-Nazi in the critically acclaimed flick.
But, it wasn't until 2004 that he caught the attention of mainstream audiences.
via: imdbThe star received rave reviews for his performance in the iconic tear-jerker The Notebook, firmly cementing himself as one to watch.
His performance even earned him a Best Actor Academy Award nomination...Paving the way for a hugely sucessful career on the big screen.
Ryan also became known for tackling diverse roles...
via: Getty ImagesStarring as a young prosecutor in Fracture (2007), opposite Anthony Hopkins. He then went on to star as a shy man who forms an attachment to a doll in the offbeat comedy Lars and the Real Girl (2007).
As his career developed, it became clear the star had an impressive range.
via: Getty ImagesBut, he also gained attention for something else entirely... his looks.
The star has gone on to become one of Hollywood's biggest heartthrobs...
via: Getty ImagesSafe to say, fans gush over him.
From rom-coms to crime dramas...Ryan really does seem to be able to do it all.
Not to mention his philanthropic efforts...
via: Getty ImagesThe star has worked to promote several important causes throughout his time in the limelight, including AIDS research, poverty relief, and the humane treatment of animals.
But, in recent years, fans have noticed something strange...
via: Getty ImagesThe once prolific Hollywood figure seems to have disappeared.
His last big-screen project was 2 years ago now...
via: Getty ImagesAnd fans have a lot of questions, starting with: why?!
What ever happened to Ryan Gosling? He had a baby with Eva Mendes and then disappeared.— Collin Stroud (@Collin Stroud)1427946262.0
when the world needed emma stone and ryan gosling the most, they disappeared— cuntbark (@cuntbark)1600555964.0
Did anyone notice that Ryan Gosling disappeared— candice (@candice)1438661471.0
Also while I'm on about ryan gosling....where on earth has he disappeared too?!?! Come back ryan!— McGlynn ©™ 💙 (@McGlynn ©™ 💙)1415145977.0
Ryan Gosling has disappeared off the face of the earth and it makes me so sad 😞 #imiss2011— 💫 (@💫)1395198287.0
I feel like Ryan Gosling has disappeared completely. where in the world is he?— BR (@BR)1388164492.0
What the hell happened to Ryan Gosling... He like disappeared lol— N (@N)1447356390.0
Well, it seems this was entirely Ryan's choice.
via: Getty ImagesAs the star had previously revealed he was taking a break from acting and would be declining leading roles.
"There's a lot of pressure to be the lead of a film," he revealed to the Guardian in 2013.
via: Getty Images"I have done it. It's not my favorite way to work."
And that's not all...
via: Getty ImagesHis wife, Eva Mendez has also seemingly disappeared from Hollywood.
The star hasn't been in a movie since 2014...
via: Getty ImagesResponding to a fan's comment on her Instagram post, Eva explained the reason behind her long hiatus.
It looks like she's chosen to prioritize her family, first and foremost.
via: Getty Images"As a mother now, there are many roles I won't do. There are many subject matters that I don't want to be involved with, so it limits my choices and I'm fine with that. I have to set an example for my girls now," Mendes wrote.
Eva and Ryan's daughters, Esmeralda, 5, and Amada Lee, 3, were born in 2014 and 2016.
via: Getty ImagesEver since, Eva has been completely devoted to them, and it's clear they are her first priority.
This could also shed some light on Ryan's acting break.
via: Getty ImagesPerhaps he too wanted to focus on his kids more.
So, there you have it.
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