Gosling is a supporter of PETA, Invisible Children, and the Enough Project and has traveled to Chad, Uganda and eastern Congo to raise awareness about conflicts in the regions.He has been in a relationship with actress Eva Mendes since 2011, and they have two daughters together.
Yet neither actor has great material to conjure with in the script." In a generally tepid review, Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times asserted that it was "certainly involving to see the charismatic Gosling verbally spar with superb character actors like Hoffman and [Paul] Giamatti." In 2013's Gangster Squad, a crime thriller, Gosling portrayed Sgt.Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly described him as "a phenomenal talent even in junk like this" His second screen appearance of 2002 was in The Slaughter Rule with David Morse which explores the relationship between a high school football player and his troubled coach in rural Montana.Gosling has said that the opportunity to work with Morse made him "a better actor".He lived in a small apartment in Brooklyn and spent time shadowing an eighth grade teacher. And I think that translates into the films.” In 2010, he co-starred with Michelle Williams in Derek Cianfrance's directorial debut, the marital drama Blue Valentine.Manohla Dargis of The New York Times felt it was a treat to watch "the spectacle of that crafty scene stealer Anthony Hopkins mixing it up with that equally cunning screen nibbler Ryan Gosling ... The low-budget film was mainly improvised and Gosling has said "you had to remind yourself you were making a film".