Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling at the World Premiere Of "Barbie"

Margot Robbie Confesses How She Got Ryan Gosling On Board 'Barbie' Filming

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By Afouda Bamidele on July 22, 2023 at 6:30 PM EDT

Margot Robbie spills the beans on how she convinced Ryan Gosling to join the "Barbie" film project.

The Academy Award nominee shines not only as the star but also as a producer in one of this summer's most-awaited blockbusters. Although the movie boasts a stellar lineup of industry giants from pitch to production, getting one of the biggest names on board took some work. 

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Margot Robbie Reveals Her Strategy That Got Ryan Gosling

After the Barbie posters featuring the bare-chested, spray-tanned Hollywood heartthrob as Ken caused a frenzy, it turns out that the actor was enticed into the role with a clever bribe. Robbie confessed that she had to sweeten the deal for the 42-year-old to accept the part. 

During a recent Heart Radio interview, the "Suicide Squad" actress revealed the intriguing tidbit with a playful smile, saying, "I bribed him essentially. I felt his hesitation, and i said, 'If you do this movie with us, I'll buy you a present every single day.'" 

Gosling said, "And she did. Every day there was this pink wrapped present from Barbie to Ken in order to, I think, encourage Ken-ergy. They were all beach-related or horse related."

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"Well, it worked," the host quipped, to which the father-of-two responded with a smile, "Yeah, it was amazing. I mean, it was a long shoot, so at a certain point, it felt like 'this is not sustainable. This can't continue,' but it did."   

It turns out that "The Notebook" actor is not the only person Robbie sent gifts to. To help fellow co-star Issa Rae feel welcome in her homeland Australia, the "Neighbours" actress had a delightful goodie basket delivered to her room, knowing she is a snacker at heart. 

Excitedly, the 38-year-old shared the delicious snacks she indulged in and could not help but express her delight via her Instagram Stories, listing each one individually. 

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The "Insecure" star excitedly said, "We got some honey soy chicken [chips], we got some I don't know yellow candies, a lollipop, a Cadbury Crunchie," she then giggled as she confessed to already devouring one of the Sesame Snaps. 

The snack adventure continued, with Issa expressing her amusement over the Burger Ring crisps, playfully joking, "Big Burger Taste, I will be the judge of that." The writer went on to share her delight in classic barbecue-flavored Sakata rice crackers, practically salivating at the thought of the Snickerpods.

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As the list went on, the producer's excitement remained unabated. She expressed her eagerness to indulge in Tim Tam Chewy Caramel flavor, a Peppermint Crisp bar, and Mint slices from Arnott's. The feast of Australian snacks had "President Barbie" ready for a delightful and delicious exploration.

Ryan Gosling Claps Back At Critics Over His 'Barbie' Ken Casting

Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling at Barbie European Premiere

The "La La Land" star did not hold back in response to critics who raised concerns about his portrayal of Ken in the highly anticipated "Barbie" film, particularly citing his "old" age as an issue.

During an interview with GQ, the award-winning star addressed the controversy head-on, humorously stating, "I would say, you know, if people don't want to play with my Ken, there are many other Kens to play with."

The "First Man" star also noted that he considered the entire discourse amusing, pointing out that his character never received much attention until he (Gosling) was cast.

The "The Ides of March" actor noted, "But suddenly, it's like, 'No, we've cared about Ken this whole time,' No, you didn't. You never did. You never cared. Barbie never f**ked with Ken. That's the point." 

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In a powerful conclusion to the interview, the "Crazy, Stupid, Love" star directly addressed the critics, stating, "If you ever really cared about Ken, you would know that nobody cared about Ken. So your hypocrisy is exposed. This is why his story must be told." 

Gosling also playfully embraced his role as the character's "representative," humorously remarking, "I care about this dude now. I'm like his representative. Ken couldn't show up to receive this award, so I'm here to accept it for him."

Despite concerns from fans, Mattel, the toy company, unveiled striking look-alike dolls of Robbie and the "Drive" actor, capturing their respective characters from the movie. Fans can see Margot Robbie as Barbie in theaters now! 

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