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The greatest internet reactions to Ryan Gosling’s Ken in ‘Barbie’

He’s the buff boyfriend in Greta Gerwig’s ‘Barbie’ movie

Written by Jon Hornbuckle
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Ryan Gosling is one of Hollywood’s most handsome actors, there’s no doubt about it. But now he’s embracing his inner Barbie Girl in a new image for Greta Gerwig’s movie about everyone’s favourite power couple, Barbie and Ken. 

The film will also star Margot Robbie as the titular doll, Simu Liu, America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon and Will Ferrell.

Plot details are under wraps but Margot Robbie advises fans to expect the unexpected. ‘Our goal is to be like, whatever you’re thinking, we’re going to give you something totally different,’ she tells The Hollywood Reporter, ‘the thing you didn’t know you wanted.’

Since the first-look at Gosling as Ken was shared online, the internet has melted like a plastic doll on a summer’s day. And it has delivered some of the finest takes since memes began, with Freddie Prinze Jr callbacks, boyband tributes, and comedian Conan O’Brien willing to ‘bump smooth mounds’ with Ken.

Here are the internet’s most doll-lightful reactions to the first-look image of Gosling’s Ken.

1. The Freddie Prinze Jr memes

2. Ken-doll Roy, anyone?

3. Relationship goals

4. The niche LA architecture tweets

5. The Conan O’Brien nightmare fuel

6. The real-life relationship goals 

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7. Ryan Gosling as Archer as Ken



8. Spanish Ken


Barbie will be in cinemas July 21, 2023.

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