Ryan Gosling performs 'Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)' - 1991 video
Come on Ryan Gosling, let's sweat.
A video showing a boy who resembles the actor singing the ballad "When A Man Loves A Woman," made famous by Michael Bolton, and dancing with a girl to C&C Music Factory's hit 1990 dance track "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" on a stage was posted on YouTube on Monday. The two wear matching red, black and blue outfits. The clip has been watched more than 491,000 times.
The person who uploaded the video, Rossana Odar, says the footage shows the actor performing at a "Mormon talent show in late 1991" and that the girl is Gosling's sister Mandi. Gosling's spokesperson had no immediate comment about the video.
"My family and I was there at the time and filmed everything," Odar says in the YouTube video caption. "A couple years later we found this video collecting dust in our garage, so we posted it on YouTube!"
Gosling, 31, was raised by Mormon parents in Ontario, Canada and has talked about performing in talent shows as a child. He rose to fame as a cast member of the Disney Channel series "The All New Mickey Mouse Club," in 1993. The show also featured many celebrities who went on to become major pop stars, such as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake, as well as Keri Russell of "Felicity."
"I found Ryan in Montreal," casting director Matt Casella told the New York-based newspaper Newsday in 2007. "His singing and dancing were good, but just talking to Ryan, he was such a nice kid. I had him do a comedy scene, and his timing was perfect. It's ironic, since he's known as a great indie actor. He has 'it,' that special something."
After "The All New Mickey Mouse Club" ended its run in 1995, Gosling went on to star in shows such "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues" and "Goosebumps." The Between 1997 and 1998, Gosling starred in the Canadian teen drama series "Breaker High," which lasted one season. He played title character in the short-lived Greek-mythology-themed adventure series "Young Hercules," made by the creators of "Hercules" and "Xena."
In 2000, Gosling made his major film debut with a role in the football-themed movie "Remember the Titans," along with Denzel Washington. But it was the 2004 romantic drama film "The Notebook" that made Gosling an international heartthrob. He ended up dating his on-screen love interest, Rachel McAdams. They broke up in 2007.
The actor went on to star in films such as "Half Nelson," "Lars and the Real Girl," "Drive," "Crazy, Stupid, Love" and the raunchy "Blue Valentine." He appeared with Oscar-winning actor George Clooney in the political drama movie "The Ides of March" in 2011.
Gosling also showcased his singing and dancing skills on "The All New Mickey Club" as well as in various humorous media interviews and films. For example, he re-enacted the famous lifting scene from "Dirty Dancing" in "Crazy, Stupid, Love" and on NBC's "Today" show. He jokingly sang a song from "My Little Pony" - off-key - in an interview with ABC News in 2010.
Gosling's popularity inspired an online meme in which fans post photos of him with captions containing the words "Hey Girl." The actor was named "Coolest Person of 2011" by Time magazine.
He made headlines in 2011 by trying to stop a street scuffle in New York City and later said he was "embarrassed" about the incident, which was caught on camera.
In April, a British journalist drew media attention by saying on Twitter that Gosling had saved her from being hit by a car. There was no photographic evidence of that incident and the actor did not comment about it.