"The Mickey Mouse Club" (1993)
Everyone has to get their start somewhere, and you could pick a much worse place than The Mickey Mouse Club. Here, Gosling was able to flash his adorable smile to a national audience, while working alongside the likes of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Justin Timberlake.
"Are You Afraid of the Dark?" (1995)
Soon, Gosling was finding guest spots in a variety of kids' shows. One of the most popular (and terrifying) was Are You Afraid of the Dark? In “The Tale of Station 109.1," he locks his little brother in a hearse to curb his obsession with death. I think we all know how that turned out.
In another scary TV appearance, Gosling starred in the Goosebumps episode “Say Cheese and Die.” He plays a boy who comes across a mysterious camera that tells of horrible things to come in the future. He was still young enough to pull off the shaggy hair, too.
"Ready or Not" (1996)
In 1996, Gosling has a small part in an episode of the Canadian teen drama Ready or Not. The highlight of his appearance? Trying to use his eyebrows to make his dialogue more convincing.
"Flash Forward" (1996)
If you were of a certain age in the 90’s, then you probably were invested in the lives of Tucker James and Becca Fisher on Flash Forward. For two episodes, Gosling had a stint as a possible romantic interest. I think we were all a little bummed when it didn’t pan out.
In the 7th season of Avonlea, Ryan Gosling makes a guest appearance as a young orphan named Bret McNulty. Luckily, he's since learned how hone his abilities as a believably dramatic actor. And he got rid of that accent once and for all.
"Breaker High" (1997)
This was Gosling’s first starring spot in a series, and it would lead to bigger and better things for his career. It’s tough to believe now, but his character on Breaker High had worries such as how to kiss a girl he has a crush on. If you get a chance to watch this show, you will see that it is full of Canadian stereotypes.
"Young Hercules" (1998)
Not only did Gosling land the title role in Young Hercules, he was playing the son of Zeus. Keeping his humility, he told Teen Magazine in a 1999 interview of playing the character: “Hercules is part god and I’m not. He’s a hero and I’m not. Yet we both have the same insecurities: We’re not that great with girls! When I first heard about the audition, I told my friends and they said, ‘No offense, but look at you!’ When you look at me you don’t think ‘god.’” Those friends are singing a different tune now.
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"Remember the Titans" (2000)
It's often difficult for a TV actor to make the transition to film, but Gosling pulled it off nicely. Remember the Titans got people talking about the kid who could hold his own around Denzel Washington and Will Patton. Alan Bosley is still our favorite corner.
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"The Believer" (2001)
Here, Gosling got a chance to star as a Jewish neo-Nazi. Part of the reason the director chose Gosling was because he felt that his religious upbringing was isolating in a similar way to the character’s. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.