Of course, we can’t talk about Ken without acknowledging the titular Barbie (Margot Robbie), the multi-careered icon that enters the real world in the film. We’ve already seen how endearing the two are together on-screen, and it sounds like that energy was captured off-screen as well. Thank goodness for that! According to Ryan Gosling, the input of Robbie and Greta Gerwig, who also co-wrote the film with Noah Baumbach, was the motivation he needed to truly embrace his stowed-away himbo-ness.
“I was living my life, then one day, I was bleaching my hair, shaving my legs, and wearing bespoke neon outfits and rollerblading down Venice Beach,” Gosling explained. “It came on like a fever, really.”
As my dear colleague BJ once predicted, he truly has been yassified. And that fever Gosling said he caught after embracing his Kenergy? Well, it has already swept the internet. Ever since the first full-length “Barbie” trailer dropped, Gosling has been hyped as the potentially-unexpected MVP of the film, with even his brief appearances capturing the absurdity of a doll pretending to be human. Remember that line delivery of “‘Cause we’re girlfriend and boyfriend?” I sure do, and dear reader, I will not be forgetting it any time soon.
It remains to be seen what Kenergy truly entails, but that’s okay. We’ll all find out when “Barbie” hits theaters on July 21, 2023.