Is Ryan Gosling Taking A Break From Acting? “I’ve Been Doing It Too Much.”

Mark Deming
Movie Talk

It's not as easy as you think being Ryan Gosling. Just ask Ryan Gosling.

In an interview published Wednesday, Gosling talked about his career in movies, and said he plans to take a hiatus from acting as he sorts out his feelings about his chosen trade.

"I've been doing it too much," Gosling told reporter Jake Coyle. "I've lost perspective on what I'm doing. I think it's good for me to take a break and reassess why I'm doing it and how I'm doing it. And I think this is probably a good way to learn about that. I need a break from myself as much as I imagine the audience does."

Audiences might wonder how much they need a break from Gosling, since he's appeared in a handful of critical and commercial successes over the last few years, including "Gangster Squad," "Drive," "Crazy, Stupid, Love," "The Ides of March," "Blue Valentine," and "Lars And The Real Girl." But in the interview, Gosling reveals a thoughtful take on his craft and how stardom impacts his work.

Gosling also revealed that he prefers character roles and being part on an ensemble over traditional leading man characters ("There's a lot of pressure to be the lead of a film... I have done it. It's not my favorite way to work), and how his role in "The Notebook" changed his image in the eyes of moviegoers ("By virtue of being in a movie like that, it just changes people's perception of you. But it doesn't make it true"). But if one gets the idea that Gosling is quitting the business, don't fret. He has two movies due for release later this year, and will soon be making his debut as a director.

"The Place Beyond The Pines," which goes into limited release March 29, reunites Gosling with director Derek Cianfrance (who also helmed "Blue Valentine") in a story about a biker (played by Gosling) who turns to bank robbery to make serious money after learning he's a father.

"Only God Forgives" teams Gosling again with the director of "Drive," Nicolas Winding Refn, is due in May, and finds the star playing a morally conflicted ex-cop turned gangster. And Gosling will serve as both director and screenwriter on "How To Catch A Monster," a dark fantasy tale that will star Christina Hendricks (of "Mad Men" fame; she also appeared in "Drive") and Eva Mendes (who co-stars in "The Place Beyond The Pines" and is Gosling's real life girlfriend). The film is expected to begin production in the spring, with a likely 2014 release.

So if Gosling is taking a break soon, at very least he's leaving his fans plenty to tide them over for a while.

Watch the theatrical trailer for 'The Place Beyond The Pines':