Ryan Gosling Gets Mistaken For Ryan Reynolds, Says Ryan Gosling

By Kelly Conaboy / September 12, 2011

A thing that celebrities seem to do a lot is talk about what other celebrities people mistake them for “on the street.” This always seems kind of weird to me because who would EVER go up to a person they recognize as a celebrity and just guess at their identity? That seems crazy. “Can I get a picture with you, uummmmm, errr, ahhh, Parker Posey?” “Yes, but I’m Rachel Weisz.” “Oooohh, I was really hoping for Parker Posey.” I guess it’s not too hard to believe because maybe it is difficult sometimes to realize that celebrities are also humans and the boundary is kind of blurred since we can all see what they’re doing all day on Twitter and whatever, etc., but I still have trouble actually imagining it happening “IRL.” So it always seems kind of disingenuous to me when celebrities talk about this. Like it’s the easiest way to seem humble when you’re on the Tonight Show, to say you often get mistaken for another beautiful celebrity. Ryan Gosling tends to do this in interviews a bunch, with Ryan Reynolds. Like in this interview with E!:

They’re disappointed when I’m not Ryan Reynolds, “Oh can I get my picture with you?” And you’re like, sure, and they’re like, “I thought you were more muscley.” No. “Have you gotten, like, more unattractive for a role?” No. Just the role of my life.

Haha, aww. This is adorable, obviously, but also: GIVE ME A BREAK, RYAN GOSLING! While I certainly am able to believe that Amy Sedaris is sometimes confused with Amy Poehler, because they both have the same name and are blonde and in comedy things and are each not as famous as Ryan Gosling, I refuse to believe that, first of all, SO many people confuse Ryan Gosling for Ryan Reynolds because they are named Ryan and are in movies — enough to justify the amount he brings it up on every late night talk show, and second of all, that anyone would ask if he were more muscley or more unattractive than usual. GMAB. These are two very different actors and also I can’t live in a world where a person would would approach a stranger and say such embarrassing things. So. “We get it, Ryan Gosling, you’re humble and adorable and we’re all in love.” In honor of how this cannot be true, here are some other things that aren’t true presented with fake quotes.

  • “People always mistake me for Jim Carrey. They come up to me and say things like ‘Smooookin’!’ and I just have to say, you know, you got the wrong guy.” – Drew Carey
  • “People always mistake me for Jim Morrison. They’re always like, “Come on, can you give us a little ‘Light My Fire?’ I just have to laugh.” – Jim Carrey
  • “People always mistake me for Jessica Biel. It makes sense, kind of, because of how we’re both beautiful young actresses who haven’t really had any defining roles and also, you know, just with how Hollywood is it kind of can seem like we’re all interchangeable sometimes, which is something that really bothers me, but it’s like, you know, we don’t really look the same so I don’t get it.” – Jessica Alba
  • “People always mistake me for Ben Affleck. Haha, it’s flattering. I’m not sure if he gets the same thing but it’s flattering.” – Ben Stiller
  • “Something I get all the time is Kate Gosselin. People will say things like, ‘Hey, how are the kids doing?’ And I don’t know how to respond…Then I realize, Oh, they think I’m Kate Gosselin.” – Kate Winslet
  • “People always mistake me for Taylor Momsen. I didn’t know who that was so I looked her up and she seems really nice! It’s just a really nice thing, I hope she feels the same way.” -Taylor Swift
  • “People always confuse me for Michael Jordan, it’s so weird. Ha-ha, no. No, that was just a joke.” – Michael Cera