Ryan Gosling, can you stop making us swoon for one second? Just one?! The Nice Guys actor appears on the cover of ES Magazine this week, which came out June 2, and his corresponding interview is a delight. Ryan opens up about everything from his uncle being an Elvis impersonator to his childhood, but what really stands out is his powerful, feminist outlook on life. As someone who was raised by his mother and older sister and is now a father to daughters Esmeralda and Amada with girlfriend Eva Mendes, he doesn't hold back his words of admiration for the female gender, which can be hard to come by in Hollywood. Check out the best quotes from his interview below!
- On men getting objectified for once: "It's our time as men to be on the receiving end of the stick. I grew up with women so I've always been aware of it. When my mother and I walked to the grocery store, men would circle the block in cars. It was very scary, especially as a young boy. Very predatory; a hunt."
- On how women are the stronger gender: "I think women are better than men. They are stronger. More evolved. You can tell especially when you have daughters, and you see their early stages, they are just leaps and bounds beyond boys immediately."
- On how he's looking forward to a female president: "I think [America] needs a woman's touch. I've always liked women more. I was brought up by my mother and older sister. I found my way into dance class. My home life now is mostly women. They are better than us. They make me better."
- On "what percent woman" he is: "I'd say 49 percent, sometimes 47 percent, it depends on what day you catch me."
- On his uncle being an Elvis impersonator: "I came in the living room and he was bedazzling in a white jumpsuit. He had a birthmark, a moustache and no hair. He looked nothing like Elvis, but, by God, he was Elvis when he performed. [The whole family joined the act.] We would put these big shows on at malls. Women were throwing themselves on stage at him."