Ryan Gosling & Eva Mendes in NYC

Posted on May 11, 2012

It’s amazing how the most innocuous celebrity photos can spur a conversation around here.

Boy. By Band of Outsiders Ribbed Striped Sweater

Because really, except for her sweater, which is kind of cute, there’s nothing there to talk about. No, we were laughing, because it seems every time we encounter pictures or commentary regarding these two, there always seems to be the subtle implication that she’s trading up and he’s dating down, if you know what we mean. To which we have to ask: When did Eva Mendes stop being gorgeous? Did we miss a memo? And there’s been some subtle and not-very-subtle-at-all commentary on their age difference. Which, again, we have to ask: When did Eva Mendes stop being gorgeous? And since when is a seven-year age difference considered notable? We admit that we always found them an odd sort of couple, but only because we assumed he’d go for quirkier types than her; not because she’s not up to his level, or whatever. And also because we naturally assume any nascent celeb-on-celeb relationship is publicist-generated. But this one’s been going on for a while now, so we’re resigned to it being somewhat on the up and up. Besides, they look like a cute couple here. Seriously, if they weren’t famous, and you passed them on the street, wouldn’t you think, “What a good-looking couple?” Would anyone really think “He could do better than that?”

We like to think the online vitriol is coming from a lot of jealous hipster fanboys and fangirls, weeping into their Lars and the Real Girl posters at the injustice of it all because he didn’t pick them.


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  • Sobaika

    I think the ‘trading up’ comments have more to do with his career being more A-List than hers. It’s just as irrelevant though. She is gorgeous and I covet her hair, her outfit, and her ability to pull off said outfit.

    • This is it, tbh, and I’m really not a fan of him.  He’s an Oscar nominee and indie/arthouse/critical darling.  She’s been in a few good movies but is mainly filling roles any woman with sex appeal could.  

      • But is this a result of her being typecasted or a reflection on her acting skills? I feel like she’s a better actress than most people are giving her credit for.

    • NC_Meg

      That’s what I think too. She’s gorgeous. If he’s trading down to Eva Mendes (based on her looks, not career), then…I don’t even know. That’s some good trading down.

      • Lisa_Cop

        I also think she’s gorgeous but someone please explain her ill-fitting pants to me.

    • SassieCassy

      I dont know, lots of celebs pair off like that. Look at Ryan Reynolds and the Gossip Girl. Maybe some of it is because of there differing career levels but I think it has more to do with him dating ‘against type’ if you know what I mean.

    • lordandtaylor

      I covet HIM.

    •  Ah, he used to be rumored to date Blake Lively.  I’d think Eva is a significant trading UP here (not that I would ever stop being bitter about Rachel/Ryan not working out).

      • filmcricket

        But Rachel’s with Michael Sheen (isn’t she, still?). I’d say that’s a trade up for her.

        • Alisa Rivera

          Yes, that speaks all kinds of good things for Rachel McAdams because Michael Sheen is awesomely talented. Not that Gosling isn’t, but they aren’t in the same league when it comes to acting chops.

        • Really? Oh, I love him. He’s my favorite Liz Lemon boyfriend. 

      • fursa_saida

        He was? You sure you’re not mixing him up with Ryan Reynolds, who is spending his days pottering around Connecticut and Napa with Blake Lively, allegedly looking for a house? Oh god, why do I know these things.

  • granddelusion

    See, I was thinking it was the other way around, just because she’s been around and established longer. And I find him kind of bland. But she’s pretty dull, too, so, what the hell. As for her being gorgeous, it’s all makeup and mirrors, my friend.

    • leave_Blake_alone

      “all makeup and mirrors”… really? So she’s, like, hideous otherwise? The thing about (most) famous beautiful people is that they generally take *less* makeup and mirrors to look gorgeous than the average mortal.

      • granddelusion

        No, she’s pretty, like a lot of female stars — and non-stars — are. I’ve worked with a lot of women actors, and they come in for their make-up calls looking like any “ordinary” — albeit, pretty — woman. When they come out of the trailer 2-3 hours later, they are transformed.

        •  Well you need to be at least pretty to be “transformed”.  No amount of make up other than going under the knife is going to make the average gal looking like that. 

          • Yeah. Plain transformed = Lingerie model. Seriously. Look at a Frederick’s catalog and try to guess what those girls originally looked like. It’s impossible.

        • Lisa_Cop

          Living in NYC you see alot of actors out and about, especially on the upper West Side, where I live. Many look better and younger in real life (Like Dianne Wiest); others (Embeth Daviditz) look about the same. Only a few ( won’t name names) look worse.

        • Lisa_Cop

          Living in NYC you see alot of actors out and about, especially on the upper West Side, where I live. Many look better and younger in real life (Like Dianne Wiest); others (Embeth Daviditz) look about the same. Only a few ( won’t name names) look worse.

  • Emily Scott

    Really? People are hating on them/her? I thought I was dialed in to the pop culture, but I missed out on that. Those haters are idiots because she is awesome, both a great actress and a beautiful woman. In fact, when I saw the photos, the funny thing was that I thought, “well that seems perfect, actually, those two together.”

    I wonder what people are saying about my favorite celebrity couple of the moment: Jason Segel and Michelle Williams.

    • Scimommy

      Re: JS and MW – I don’t know if I am “people” but I love them together. I hope it takes.

    • Oh thank god she has moved on. Maybe he will get her to grow out her hair.

    • zmayhem

      I had no idea! But I am strongly in favor, as long as he is being sweet to Matilda. MW has spent so long being gifted but fragile and wounded and haunted; a giant Muppet-man in her life can only do her good. 

    • fursa_saida

      As far as I can tell, everybody is rooting for them.

  • leah besson

    i love him. but his jeans are pegged.  

    • janedonuts

      Yeah, I was wondering how long I’d have to scroll down before someone said something about the PEGGED JEANS. Migawd. 

      But otherwise, they’re a seriously hot couple. She is stunning. Even in weird pants like that.

  • petalfrog

    Her ponytail is perfect.

  • Spicytomato1

    If I passed them on the street I would think “The 80s called, they want their pegged jeans back, dude.”

    As for the age difference, I had no idea and it’s really hard for me to discern any difference. I’m assuming she is the older one given the tone of the commentary? As for them being a mismatch, if anything I would imagine her with someone slicker and more polished. She seems glam and he seems hipster grungy.

    • mixedupfiles

       Yup. Would that age difference elicit commentary if she were the younger one? Not in a million years.

    • AudreysMom

       And somehow RG has always struck me as a guy who fit better with older (read: mature) women. Somehow I don’t quite relate 38 as old, but everything is relative.

      • Wasn’t he dating Sandra Bullock for a while? I’m pretty sure she’s a lot more than 7 years older than he is. So yea.

  • Jo Miller

    This is the first I’ve heard about them being a couple so I am unaware of comments about trading up or down with regards to them. I think he looks great in that blue shirt, and her red sweater is cute.

  • A_Rimbaud

    I personally have nothing against Eva Mendes – he’s definitely not “dating down” or anything of the sort, and the age difference doesn’t matter. But I guess I’ve always wished he would still be with Rachel McAdams, but I’ll admit that’s kind of an irrational preference. None of us really know any of the celeb couples personally, so we can only judge by appearance and photos. And you can’t judge relationships by that, so it’s best to just stick to discussing fashion.

    • Jean Marie Downing

      For me it is wanting him with Rachel McAdams as well.  Darn people for not conforming to the storylines I write in my head.

  • JasmineAM

    I think she is crazy hot, and he’s…not. Still, if they’re happy, then who cares?

  • I didn’t even realize there was that much of an age difference, but really who the hell cares?  (And does no one remember that Sandra Bullock thing a few years back?  Boy doesn’t mind an older woman, and I can’t fault either party for that.)

  • Kristina Toma

    Well said! My only surprise by their coupling is the one you posed, “Wouldn’t he go for someone quirkier?” She’s beautiful, he’s beautiful, so whatever. It’s amazing the amount of unnecessary criticism that gets thrown when one is hidden behind a computer screen.

  • fashionablylate

    If anything, I’d say he’s the one trading up – she’s lovely, and he does nothing for me.

  • I just don’t get the whole Ryan Gosling thing. I think Eva could do better. But about the sweater: super cute, but looks a little dumpy on her.  Maybe it’s the pants?  The t-shirt underneath?

    • Jean Marie Downing

      I think it’s the slouchy pants and slouchy sweater together.  It makes the whole thing look a little less polished than it could be.  Not bad exactly, but not perfect.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I think if she had worn more fitted pants with the sweater the look would be a tad more polished, but, she’s got Ryan on one arm, and she’s gorgeous, so what do I know?

    • I really don’t like her pants, I think they make her look dumpy.

      I don’t feel strongly enough about either of them to care whether they are a couple.

      • terekirkland

         For me, it’s the way the sweater is folded under at the waist. I like the length and the wide band—the way it hits on the model. Maybe that length didn’t work with these pants? Interesting swap out of the red buttons for yellow. Not sure if I like it better but it does add visual interest. Looks great in photos. Wish I could afford it…

        • kimmeister

          Yes, the folded-in sweater weirds me out!  How is it staying that way!  It clearly can’t be tucked into anything.

  • I’m in the camp of not liking them as a couple and thinking he’s dating down – guess I’m the only one. 

    Obviously I don’t know them beyond their roles in film, but he strikes me as cool/smart/edgy and she seems totally vanilla and just not compelling at all. They don’t seem to match (I loved him and Rachel McAdams). 

    I don’t think it’s a fangirl jealousy thing so much as just not getting it. It reminds me of HS when all the hip musician/artist types still dated “pretty girls” instead of smart/artsy girls. Like, what gives? Okay…maybe it’s a bit jealous. 

    •  On the other hand, you can think it this way:  “Pretty girl” dating the “ordinary looking “artsy” guy”?  I bet a lot traditionally handsome men are jealous and confused too.

    • rawrgrowlrawr

       No, you are not alone and I will fully admit to being the jealous type. I remember the first time I saw an artsy looking guy (like that means anything about actual artistic ability) with what looked to be a more…I don’t know, preppy, blonde, tan, Hollister wearing type girl. I was in high school, the token art girl at my school and my reaction was pretty much, “Stop it! You are supposed to date me, not Blandly Hot Girl Barbie! We go together!” I should have been slapped.

      It is an even dumber reaction to have with celebrities, but I still whine like an 11th grader when it comes to celebrity crushes.

    • I definitely think this is what’s going on. I’m surprised they have anything to talk about?

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Not only conversations, but serious animosity. How dare you have an opinion different from mine!?! *stabstabstab*

    No, I wouldn’t think “he could do better than that”; I would think “he should be with ME, but there’s not a chance on earth”.

  • LJoRey

    Fanidiots who think they can decide who’s good for whom should leave the celeb couples alone and be happy that they’re happy and having great sex.

    As for me, I wish my man would let me hold his hand in public, but he’s like Samantha Jones in that way.

    • formerlyAnon

       Though I bet one can tell even LESS about whether celebrity couples are happy and having great sex by looking at them (or even hearing them talk about it in interviews) than one can tell about normal human couples one hardly knows.

  • SpcilK

    WHO CARES! He is going to move on soon and she is going to keep making grade B movies.

  • I think the idea that he’s dating down has nothing to do with looks. I personally don’t really have any opinions about their coupling except to think, like you, that it seems a bit random, like picking two names out of a random-celebrity-generator. But I believe most people see him as an intelligent actor (despite not knowing him personally) with indie cred and maybe people believe he has more substance than she does? Again, I’m just speculating. Perhaps it’s because she’s so gorgeous that, despite the fact that he’s working the whole Hollywood heartthrob thing now, a few years ago people thought of him as more of a quirky, thoughtful-type guy and in comparison, maybe they see her as just a beautiful face? I could be wrong. I would hope the kind of sexism that labels a beautiful woman (especially an actress) as nothing more than that isn’t as ubiquitous today.

  • MilaXX

    I seriously had a really good, wake the cat up belly laugh from your commentary on this couple. 
    I find him to be a bit of a douche and her to be pretty , but “meh”.  I like that sweater she is wearing, but otherwise this picture doesn’t get more than a passing glance from me.

  • I can never look at him without thinking, “Hey girl…”

  • Anathema_Device

    I think he seems more interesting than she does. That’s the mismatch in my eyes. But then again, I had no idea they were dating, so what do I know?

  • Rand Ortega

    “she’s trading up and he’s dating down”
    Ouch, ya’ll.
    Eva’sincredibly gorgeous, IMO. But as a Latina in Hollywood, what are her options, really? Does she have the same opportunities as a Charlize or a Natalie? Thanks to the decisions in the Exec offices, her best role to date is in “Hutch”.
    But when she cleans up, AIW, she’s freaking amazing.
    Him? I find him in the Tom Cruise category of handsome, watered down so not to offend/intimidate. Washboard abs are not a trait of magnetism. In his category I’ll take Matt Bomer, Michael Fassbender, et al.
    To me if anyone’s trading up, it’s him.

    • mellbell

      It’s a small role, but she’s great in The Other Guys as the Will Ferrell character’s improbably hot wife. (Actually, it’s a pretty good movie all around, if you like buddy films.) I do wish she got better parts, because she’s obviously up to the task.

    •  Really?  I find him to be actually pretty ordinary looking.  I think his attractiveness come from his indies/hipster roles.  Tom Cruise, minus the height issue and craziness, is actually good-looking when he was younger, not to mention Matt Bomer or Michael Fassbender. 

    • Lisa_Cop

      Men date looks while women often date money/power/status. I think they’re even.

    • H3ff

      You should see Last Night. Very underrated.

  • VeryClaire

    She’s a lot better looking than he is, imo. If he was just some dude on the street, I don’t think anyone would be salivating over him. He’s just an average good-looking guy. But he’s RYAN GOSLING so he’s bumped up to god status somehow. She is rather striking, famous or not.

  • AlinaValero

    it’s because if ryan gosling is going to be with anyone but me, it better be rachel mcadams. 

  • BrooklynBomber

    I had no idea all that chatter was going on about them. But I didn’t know they were a couple, so what do I know? 

  • Whenever I see them together I think of Schenectady, NY (nearby me), where they met making a movie last year. I’m kinda surprised they’re still together after filming ended.

  • allyc

    Those tight-rolled jeans remind me of my husband’s senior picture circa 1992. Still, they’re beautiful people and I like seeing pretty people together.

  • Looking at these pics, I would think she could do so much better.  

  • I don’t like her outfit, and he’s never been my type. They look like a pair of Walmart People with cash to burn, yay for them. I can’t generate excitement for them either way.

  • “Seriously, if they weren’t famous, and you passed them on the street, wouldn’t you think, “What a good-looking couple?” Would anyone really think “He could do better than that?”
    We like to think the online vitriol is coming from a lot of jealous hipster fanboys and fangirls, weeping into their Lars and the Real Girl posters at the injustice of it all because he didn’t pick them.”
    crying at the perfection of that quote. hahaha

  • Judy_J

    I’ve got no opinion about these two, one way or the other.  However, I do want to comment that I do not like the way she rolled up the hem of that sweater.  Looks bunchy around the hips.  That is all.

    • formerlyAnon

       I once owned a sweater that did that. & even though I was pretty thin I retired it because it made me feel like I looked fat. (Yes, I was not rational on that topic, at the time.)

      A good 30% of my evaluation of her as hotter than he is comes from the fact that she still looks fabulous even when her clothes roll up – and that she’s confident enough that she still looks fabulous that she’ll wear the sweater.

  • Sue_Asponte

    Gorgeous couple.
    What’s going on with the bottom of his shirt? Is that a shirt or a shirt-jacket? It’s more interesting than I thought at first. Great color.

  • I agree it’s an odd pairing, but I definitely wouldn’t say he’s dating down. She’s stunning, just not remotely the type I’d expect him to be with. Plus I’m still a little sad about he and Rachel McAdams not working out.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Ha. Considering how overexposed he became this year, I’d say there is just general hate towards him for being him now. I don’t know a lot about Eva Mendes, but I’m yet to see her in a movie and say “hey, she should get a leading role”.

    Guess I’m the wrong crowd for this post. Adios.

  • AlexisPayne

    They’re a gorgeous couple. Full Stop.

    Sure I’m very very very very jealous of her, but she looks so beautiful and I kind of love how they look together.

  • If I saw them in the street I would wonder a) why he has rolled up the bottom of his jeans and b) why they look so bored with one another. 

    • Sara Loud

       Yes on the bored aspect…or even “wow, what sort of horrendous fight did they just have that they don’t seem to be even remotely engaged with each other?”  They look like they are walking in parallel universes and just happen to be holding hands.

  • Unwashed and in sunglasses, Gosling reminds me of Colin Farrell.  I think Gosling has tons people in love with him not for his looks, which are nice, but not amazing, but because of the emotionally compelling and complex roles he has had (and been only so-so in, IMHO).  Mendes has been given lots of shallow pretty-girl roles, maybe because she is Latina, but more likely because she is so stereotypically sexy-femmy-hot. There are fewer complex female roles, and they tend to go to less attractive, older women.  So there isn’t a lot of interesting, occurred-in-movies character depth that gets projected onto her.    I doubt Gosling is anywhere near as complex, compassionate, or quirky as his early roles, and he certainly isn’t as manly and dangerous as the Driver.  But we think he is, and it makes him more human to the public, and therefore hotter.  If I’m going for hot but grimy, I’ll go back to Colin Farrell, who can act the pants off of Gosling. (Wish that he would…)

    •  Colin Farrell is a lot more handsome than Ryan Gosling…  Ryan Gosling is the type who looks like a hipster so he gets hipster/indies roles.  It’s somewhat true about men too, what you said “There are fewer complex female roles, and they tend to go to less attractive, older women.”  George Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio had to work much harder to prove themselves, to be seen as more than a pretty face. 

      • Agreed on all points, although I think DiCaprio has aged out of being too pretty.  Clooney…still super pretty. 

        • Melissa Brogan

          There’s no doubt that age has changed Leo’s face a bit, but he’s also made a conscious decision to change some of his styling to look less pretty-boy. Look at pics in his younger years compared to now — for example, he doesn’t wear his hair longer any more.

  • EllsSmith

    I just cannot sign off on most of what she wears. She loves these twee, ultra girly outfits for both RC and street wear and they do nothing for her. I mean, from what I can see above, she is wearing high-water harem pants. With a sweater that looks like it crawled out of a Gymboree catalogue.

  • he just seems like such an immense douche canoe to me.  it makes me sad she’s with him because i’ve always liked her.

    • Alexa42

       I couldn’t agree less with the sentiment behind any of this, but I will be appropriating the bejeebus out of “douche canoe”…

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  • Ali

    I think he’s dating down, but to me it was more in terms of celebrity. Can’t really think of anything Eva Mendes has done recently that was notable. I didn’t even realize there was an age difference – and yes, she’s gorgeous. But usually celebs tend to date those at their own level, fame-wise (unless eschewing the scene altogether) so it does strike me that he’s dating down.

    I’m going to go put on some hipster glasses and cry now, haha.

  • I didn’t even know they were an item.  I don’t know on what planet dating Eva Mendes could possibly be trading down, but apparently all of Ryan Gosslings’ fans live there. I guess he was young Hercules.

  • Frank_821

    I never heard the vitriol of him dating down by being with her, but I have to say, she comes across as rather generic. She’s a competent actress and yes she’s extremely beautiful and sexy but she’s never really made much of an impact on me. Nothing that makes for watercooler talk. That’s okay. she’s got her fans and a respectable career and will likely continue to do so. Maybe she’d make more of an impact if she lobbied for roles that poked fun at her looks or if she did a “Cher”.

    I guess if you were to compare her to someone like Michelle Pfeiffer you can see the difference. She’s someone people talk in terms of her looks plenty of times but they also think of her more than just a “great beauty” and that’s both on and off camera. Nobody thought David Kelly was trading down when they got together.

  • They really do seem more PR stunt than couple.  All I can think of when I see them together is, ‘oh, when is their rom-com coming out?’

  • joe_tey83

    I definitely won’t describe her as ‘gorgeous’. Sure, she’s prettier than most people, but that’s about it. I’ll file her under the category of generic and pretty and dull as dishwater starlets together with the Jessica Biels, Jessica Albas, Kate Beckinsales blah blah blah.

  • Le_Sigh

    Ehhh – I’m cool with it – I never understood le hoopla about them two.

    But really – I just really kind of want her outfit.  It looks both super-comfy and stylish.   I’ve always loved nobbly sweaters and big comfy pleated pants. 

  • crash1212

    I think they’re cute together. I don’t care about the haters out there. Also, I want her outfit…all of it…right now.

  • I kind of love them together. Maybe people can’t get over The Notebook? No clue. I would sell my soul to have a body like hers.

  • Shannon Cary

    Personally, I don’t understand how it was decided that Ryan Gosling is hot. I’d say he is definitely trading up.

  • What strikes me as odd between them is that in interviews he comes across as reasonably normal, and she (if you read against the grain) seems batshit crazy. But of course, those interviews are constructions as much as anything else, so who really knows.

  • I think it seems like he’s dating down because he’s a serious actor who makes interesting choices, works with charities, and generally seems more intellectual and interesting than she- who doesn’t seem to have any hesitation about selling herself as a sex symbol. It has nothing to do with her not being gorgeous, more that she seems desperate. 

    • Catiline

      she- who doesn’t seem to have any hesitation about selling herself as a sex symbol.

      To me, this is a “women can’t win” dilemma.  Virtually all young actresses entering the business are expected to market themselves as sexy.  Yet if they dare to be too sexy, well, there goes your credibility. There are some actresses who manage to balance those expectations, but I think they are pretty rare in the grand scheme of things.

  • suzq

    This is how I felt about Ben Affleck and JLo, back in the day.  I would have never put them together, but not because of any trading up or down.

    In any case, I’m drawn to her sweater and the yellow buttons.  That she had the presence of mind to change out the buttons raises her fashion stock with me.

  • Funkykatt

    You stated in another post that actors are acting so really who knows what they’re like unless one knows them personally. I am happy for anyone who finds true love. 

  • Ohhhhh… I had no idea that kind of commentary was floating around.
    Whatever, they make a cute couple as odd as they seem.

  • MzzPants

    Yeah, they’re a couple…and they’re cute…blah…blah…blah.  
    What really caught my eye was the PEGGED JEANS!
    HELLO??  Are we back to pegged jeans?!?  And is Ryan really old enough to know how to do it properly???

    • LesYeuxHiboux

       He was on The Mickey Mouse Club in the 90s. There was definitely some pegged jean action going on there.

  • EmJayEl

    The age difference definitely isn’t a big deal and doesn’t surprise me, he did date Sandra Bullock when he was 22 and she was 38 after all!  I love him, but I don’t mind these two together.  I have never understood why people have such strong reactions to who someone famous is dating, as though they might be dating YOU otherwise?!  Girl, please.

  • I can’t help but think there is also subtle (or not so?) subtle racism about this.  Like she is a hot mami, but not marriageable?  Like she is not good enough.  Anyway, smacks of racism to me.

    • ChicaDificil

       Thank you!  I think so too, but I thought I was the only one.  The way I’ve seen her and their relationship talked about on the internet seriously smacks of racism.

    • Catiline

      Some of the reaction (not all) reminds me of white girls flipping their lids over Michael Fassbender’s black/mixed girlfriends… like, it ruins their fantasies of having a chance.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    They both look cute and comfy here, I like her bouncy ponytail with the cheery sweater. I never would have guessed that they would become a couple, but I think it works. They both give off a pretty laid-back, realistic vibe in interviews, and they both seem to have a good sense of humor. Plus they are both pretty hot.

  • CatherineRhodes

    I read the mismatch as the difference in the state of their careers rather than due to a gap in their ages or attractiveness.

    Professionally, he is now in the stratosphere after doing “Crazy, Stupid Love” and “The Ides of March” last year. He’s also made a slew of terrific indie movies that showcased his acting chops (“Blue Valentine,” “Lars,” and the one about the crack addict teacher that got him an Oscar nomination).

    So, he’s one of the leading men in H’wood right now, whereas her career is a non-starter. In fact, I cannot think of a single movie I have ever seen her in.

    People feel more comfortable when their celebrity couples are paired with actors of similar stature (think Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield or Angie and Brad).

  • Also, he has a long history of dating older women, which I think is cool. I don’t really have an opinion on them together one way or the other, except that she seems a little dull for him (plus, she sometimes comes off as kinda shrill, I think), but hey, I don’t know them personally. Maybe he’s a huge pain in the ass and she’s fucking awesome; who knows. 

    Also, she looks gorgeous.

  • His jeans. I wore mine like that too, in 1983. Was he even alive in 1983?
    I agree that the hateration is misplaced, they are a pretty couple and famous and whatnot, 7 years means nothing if the younger person is over 25. I have been wondering if the hate might actually be racism..? Like with JLo and Ben, it feels like people are judging “dating up/dating down” and not considering that both of them have oodles of money, are really beautiful, and actually have a lot to talk about (work, oodles of money, how beautiful they are, etc.).
    I do wish she could suggest better fashion for him, use her powers for good.

  • Lina_bee

    omg I can’t sign off on anything he’s wearing. I think she looks adorable, though I sort of hate those sunglasses. Apart from that, I’d totally wear her outfit.

  • formerlyAnon

    “Would anyone really think “He could do better than that?””

    Not me. I’d think “He’s nice looking – but not really in her league.”

  • filmcricket

    Okay, I just looked her up on IMDB, and she is 6 months older than I am, whereas I would have guessed she’d be 6 *years* younger. I’m afraid I have to hate her now. She can have the Gos, though, he doesn’t do it for me.

  • I also can’t help but notice that in every picture I’ve seen of them, he’s walking ahead of her looking totally bored, and she’s desperately clinging on to his arm looking annoyingly smug. Not at all like his adorable body language with Rachel McAdams. I really don’t mind her outfit though- she makes that sweater look much better than it did on the model. 

  • She’s made that sweater so much cuter by turning up the hem and changing the buttons.  And I can’t opine on trading up or down, but I’m seven years older than my husband and I’d say the age gap was just about perfect.

  • Juniper Rogneby

    They’re both stunning. Full stop. But what I really want to know is, what shoes is she wearing? With your eagle eyes, I implore you to  make the call. 

    • Lisa

      Same question for me, except it’s her sunglasses I’m after!  Anyone know?

  • T-LOL’D pretty hard at that last sentence. Love you guys!

  • enid soto

    I hadn’t heard of this “he’s dating down” thing. I sincerely hope it’s not because she’s hispanic. She is stunning and could get any guy she wants. She could do better than him.

  • guest2visits

    They both look really good here. Except maybe his shoes.
    I’ve always thought she’s one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen. But… she needs a voice coach, in my opinion;
    she is tonally flat.

  • She is still gorgeous! I don’t really get his appeal. Is it because I was too old to grow up with him as a Mouseketeer? I’m a film buff, and he reminds me of a studio system movie archetype. The type of young man that the studio moguls cast for his everyday guy appeal–maybe better looking than the average guy, but not out-of-reach for the moguls or for movie-attending males to imagine they looked like him when young.

  • What is that, a jackety shirt or a shirty jacket? I love it and want one for my husband.

    And also, they are both sex on a stick. Good for them.

  • DCSheehan

    My first thought: when is she due? That combo makes her look twice as wide. Love x2 their sunglasses though.

  • Who cares? I want her outfit…

  • TieDye64

    Hmmmm, the whole dating down thing confuses me. I must be in the minority in thinking SHE is possibly dating down. Yes, I know he’s “hot” right now, but I’ve always thought she was truly gorgeous. Based on looks alone she’s got the goods and he’s just cute in a dorky, quirky sort of way.

    BTW what the hell is she wearing? Oh well, it looks comfy.

  • bluefish

    They look good together — That’s a pretty tight holding of hands too.  Up down who knows?  Youth beauty love — it’s all fleeting. I covet him, her sweater, and the sandals.  She’s a knock out and he’s Mr. Drive — Hope they are enjoying themselves.

  • They don’t have that weird Garfield/Stone vibe, now do they? I love them together, and I, too, thought that he would go for someone with more quirks, like maybe Ms. Stone. 7 year age difference? Please. Yawn. She’s gorgeous. He’s gorgeous. I’m jealous. 

  • bellafigura1

    It surprises me not at all that Ryan Gosling goes for someone older, Latin, and very very cool (because she is very cool). And this is a great shot.  I have those Pedro Garcia sandals!

  • quiltrx

    I think the trading up/down has to do with talent level, at least for me.  She’s sort of a mannequin as an actress…all looks, nothing inside, IMO.  He’s always impressed me with his ability, with the looks being one more part of an incredible package.

  • Eva Mendes could be 65 and she’d still be a catch. Jealousy must be the answer if people are wishing them ill. God knows I’m jealous. I would like her body, her face, her hair and her boyfriend. And I’ll take the sweater too.

  • i just can’t get with the t-shirt hanging down below the sweater look.  very unflattering.  sweaters looks great on the model, though.  it’s too short on eva, too.  he doesn’t interest me.  eva is a bombshell when she dresses right.

  • Cheri Lee

    I am definitely hot for Ryan but I agree, I don’t get where all the hate is coming from. Eva Mendes is gorgeous! They both hit the jackpot if you ask me.

  • I’ve liked and watched Ryan Gosling since Breaker High. Until I really started following fashion blogs, I didn’t find him particularly hipster, but maybe because his personality doesn’t give that off to me. He’s funny and down to earth in interviews; he also really seems to love his family and genuinely like his costars.  I’m really glad his career has taken off.

    As for her, she seems nice and good looking. I feel indifference. I get what you mean that you feel he is trading down because of his career and exposure. Also if you compare her to his exes…Rachel McAdams or Sandra Bullock, they have much more notable careers than Eva too. 

  • Sweetvegan

    I think the whole idea of “marrying up” or “dating down” is ridiculous. Love is love.

  • When did they become a couple? I am SO late.

  • She is NOT gorgeous and she will NOT be ever!

  • I can NOT get behind the tight-rolled jeans.  Ridiculous for a grown man.

    • Derek_anny

       Unless you’re on a bike.  Which he’s not.

  • marilyn

    I don’t like the white shirt tail sticking out underneath her sweater.  It makes her hips look wider, but she is still a beautiful woman..  They are out privately, they are both fine.  Actually, he looks better than she does.

  • Ann VerWiebe

    Aw, Lars and the Real Girl!