Actor Ryan Gosling is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Esquire magazine and in his photospread, Ryan poses in a series of photos with himself … and a naked skeleton woman. Yep, you read that right. In some of the photos there are two Ryan Goslings and in all the photos is a completely nekkid woman painted to look like a skeleton. Sounds a bit weird, right? Well, the shoot was partially orchestrated by Ryan himself so this photospread is deffo a product of his design. Check out some of the (semi NSFW) photos along with some quotes from his interview below.
Thank you, Esquire! Two Ryan Goslings really are better than one. The handsome actor explains the multiple sides to his personality and poses with “himself” in a new spread with… skeletons? Ryan helped design the Esquire spread photos, which include two images of himself and a female model, nude and body-painted as a skeleton! In the issue, the 30-year-old actor talks fame, candy and theme parks, but won’t explain “what’s with the skeletons.” “I think I was always bound to become two selves, if I wasn’t already,” Ryan says. “Now there’s this me, this public me, and I know that I have become two people. This is what I told the photographer before he took those photographs. Even my own name sounds like just someone I know.” And perhaps that’s because being recognized by a fan is a surreal experience for him. “It’s like being in a dream,” Ryan explains of being recognized by fans. “You don’t know anybody, but everybody knows you, everybody reacts to you. You can be walking along in a dream, through a pretty normal world, and then bam, everything seems to be a response to your presence. Everything seems to be driven by you. And that’s notable at first, and you deal with it. And then — and it happens every time — you become aware it’s a dream. Right about then, when you think you have it figured, and that acknowledging that will make it easier, it inevitably becomes a nightmare.” But Ryan grew up witnessing the reality of fantasy by being a Mouseketeer. “I went through puberty in a theme park. I’m grateful,” Ryan says. “That place was a landscape to me. I had adventures every day…. Backstage at Disney World, there are stories. Mickey Mouse with his head off, drinking coffee on break. Pirates on the phone. Ghosts in line for food. It just made me see things.” The actor now really enjoys being an adult. “Sometimes I think that the one thing I love most about being an adult is the right to buy candy whenever and wherever I want.”
Ryan is a goth at heart, I’m convinced. His band Dead Man’s Bones is very goth-inspired so it really comes as no surprise that he would orchestrate a photoshoot like this complete with nekkid skeleton woman. I’m also not at all surprised that he is having a bit of fun with his 2 personalities. Of all the big name Hollywood actors, Ryan Gosling really strikes me as one of THE most normal guys around. The fact that he is so famous and loved by many is surely to be a bit weird for him … so I totally get the 2 personalities thing. This is a great shoot. If you’re interested, you can read his full Esquire interview online HERE.