“First Man” star Ryan Gosling covers the November 2018 issue of GQ magazine photographed by Giampaolo Sgura and styled by Mobolaji Dawodu.
On playing Neil Armstrong: “So I was trying to look for points of connection,” Gosling says, cracking a smile notable only for the way it upsets the symmetry of his famous face. “Because, you know, I couldn’t connect to his genius, or courage, or bravery, or…the list goes on. But: I am a fan of the theremin.”
On not the most comfortable environment to shoot: “There was always somebody on set that either had direct experience with the missions we were shooting or was indirectly related to it, and I think they were strategically there because it made it impossible to complain about whatever your trivial discomfort was in relation to what they had actually experienced.”
On the public interest in the lives of astronauts: “We were so interested in the duality of their lives,” Gosling says, “how these astronauts were using their ﬂashlight of scientiﬁc knowledge to explore the vast mysteries of space, and at the same time, they would have to come home and mow the lawn and take out the trash. We had this term for ourselves: ‘the moon and the kitchen sink.’ And I think that was something we really tried to understand, what those extremes might have been like—and to honor that.”
Cover: Coat by Dolce & Gabbana | Polo by Z Zegna | Pants by Canali | Watch by Rolex
Image: Blazer by Brunello Cucinelli | Jacket by Ermenegildo Zegna
[Photo Credit: Giampaolo Sgura/GQ Magazine]