To be honest, I don't know much about Ryan Gosling. I've never seen The Notebook (gasp!), and I just kind of assumed he was boring in the standard "nice guy" way that all those chiseled jaw Hollywood actors are (sorry hot white guys, but you are all the same to me). But boy, was I wrong. Ryan Gosling is totally weird.
On Friday, Ryan Gosling appeared on Ellen and talked extensively about his Roomba. How much can be said about a Roomba? A lot, when you have as deep a connection to it as Ryan Gosling. Ellen was asking Gosling about what he planned to get his family for Christmas this year, and his reply was, "I think I'm going to get a Roomba for our Roomba." Wow, let's unpack. Why would one Roomba not be enough? I will tell you why. It's because Gosling thinks his Roomba might be lonely.
"I feel bad for it because it works tirelessly, and at night I can hear it cleaning downstairs," he says. "If it hits your foot it acts ashamed. It's complicated. I wanted to get a Roomba for my Roomba this year, so it has company." Gosling suggests that he might "put them in a room and see what happens," and Ellen is quick to remind him that they'll probably bump into each other and then go in opposite directions. But Gosling is not convinced. "I don't know, we'll find out," he says. Is it insane for me to think that maybe he was high for this?
I really didn't think the ethical issue of humans feeling emotional connections with AI was going to be a topic that cropped up on The Ellen Degeneres Show (no shade to Ellen, AI just doesn't seem like her bag), but here we are. So, now I have to completely redefine my understanding of Ryan Gosling. I guess instead of the boring hunky type, he might be more of a weirdo injured poetic type, à la Garden State. You know, the type that truly believes they are deep. Does this make Eva Mendes his manic pixie dream girl?
I've learned a lot about Ryan Gosling today, but probably the most difficult truth I have had to swallow about him cropped up when I was reading his IMDB page. Because guess what: Ryan Gosling and I have the same birthday. It might all make sense now. Us Scorpios are freaks.
You can watch the bizarre interview here: