It’s nearly impossible to forget about the one, or in the case of actor Ryan Gosling, the two, that got away.
For the star of “Drive,” “two of the greatest girlfriends of all time” slipped through the cracks.
The Canadian PETA spokesperson recently told UK-based newspaper The Times that he hasn’t encountered anyone comparable to former flames Rachel McAdams and Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock.
“I had two of the greatest girlfriend of all time. I haven’t met anybody who could top them,” the 30-year-old said.
Gosling co-starred with Bullock in the 2002 thriller, “Murder By Numbers.” Bullock, who is sixteen years Gosling’s senior, dated the handsome actor for two years.
In 2004, Gosling portrayed McAdams’s big love in “The Notebook,” which became an instant classic and reveals the chemistry between the two celebrities. They were born in the same hospital but met on the set of “The Notebook” and started dating a year after the film’s release. They split in 2008. (RELATED: ‘The Notebook’ actor comes to bat for PETA, takes on slaughterhouses)
Gosling credited the popular drama for bringing him to McAdams, but told GQ in 2007 that his relationship with the “Morning Glory” actress was even more romantic than that of their characters in “The Notebook.”
“I mean, God bless ‘The Notebook,’ it introduced me to one of the great loves of my life,” Gosling said. “But, people do Rachel and me a disservice by assuming we were anything like the people in that movie. Rachel and my love story is a hell of a lot more romantic than that.”
Though Gosling and McAdams undoubtedly had something special, the 32-year-old leading lady has long since moved on to another guy. For the past year, McAdams has been dating “Midnight in Paris” co-star Michael Sheen. In 2010, Bullock was involved in a high profile divorce from Jesse James, who famously cheated on his wife with tattoo model Michelle “Bombshell” McGee. Though the Bullock was rumored to be dating “The Proposal” co-star Ryan Reynolds, another young actor, she denied that the two were a pair.
Earlier this month, Gosling was spotted kissing and holding hands with “Hitch” star Eva Mendes at Disneyland. If you lost the greatest girlfriends of all time, you may as well settle for the available.
Speaking to The Times, Gosling attributed Hollywood to the crumbling of his relationships.
“Show business is the bad guy,” Gosling continued. “When both people are in show business it’s too much show business. It takes all of the light, so nothing else can grow.”
Gosling most recently made headlines for standing with PETA in challenging the slaughterhouse euthanasia process for turkeys and chickens. The activist wrote letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in opposition to the USDA-approved method of killing the birds. According to Us Weekly, the process is slow, painful and suffocates the birds.
“If dogs and cats were killed in this way, the person committing these acts would be charged with cruelty to animals,” Gosling wrote. “Won’t you please end the foam-based suffocation practice immediately?”
PETA president Ingrid Newkirk told The Daily Caller that the organization was pleased to have Gosling on board.
“[H]e’s a kind man and we are proud to have his support,” Newkirk said.