• Ryan Gosling performed at the 2024 Oscars
  • The show went viral online
  • Ryan opened up on how it went down that night

It truly was an unforgettable performance from Ryan. The 'Barbie' star spilled the beans on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' about his head-turning "I'm Just Ken" performance at the Oscars on March 10, 2024, and guess what? He was this close to turning it down!

The Ken-troversy:

When first approached with the idea, Gosling's reaction was a hard "100% no." The actor confessed, "There’s a lot of ways that could go wrong," and boy, wasn't he right? Yet, the risk paid off spectacularly, leading to what can only be described as a pop culture moment.

Dressed in a hot pink suit and black cowboy hat, Gosling, alongside Mark Ronson and a posse of "Kens" including Simu Liu and Scott Evans, delivered a performance that was nothing short of legendary.

Gosling, bathed in pink lighting and wearing a sparkling pink suit and pink gloves, started singing "I’m Just Ken" while in the audience sitting behind Margot Robbie.

He then made his way to the stage, where he was joined by Mark Ronson and Slash on guitars. His fellow Ken actors Simu Liu, Scott Evans, Ncuti Gatwa and Kingsley Ben-Adir joined the armada of backup dancers behind Gosling.

At one point, the actor made his way back into the audience and held the microphone up to his 'Barbie' collaborators.

With special appearances by Slash and Wolfgang Van Halen, and even a mic pass to Margot Robbie and Emma Stone, this act was designed to dazzle.

But here's the kicker - the inspiration behind Gosling's unforgettable performance? His daughters, Esmeralda Amada and Amada Lee, and their mixed feelings about Ken! Gosling shared, "Dad’s kenning again," mimicking his daughters' reactions with a chuckle.

Their involvement didn't stop at home; they were right there on set, soaking in the magic and even outshining their dad with their dance moves backstage!

Also interesting:

After bringing Ken to life on the Oscars stage, Gosling's partner, Eva Mendes, had the sweetest Instagram shoutout, playfully urging him to return to dad duties.

"You took Ken all the way to the Oscars, RG. Now come home, we need to put the kids to bed," Mendes wrote, capturing the hearts of fans worldwide.