'I'm like a dad first': Ryan Gosling gives rare insight into fatherhood with partner Eva Mendes as he admits to doing The Gray Man and Barbie movie for his daughters

He may be one of the biggest names in Hollywood, but Ryan Gosling's number one role is still that of father. 

The actor, 48, who is notoriously private about his personal life, has opened up about being a dad and how he juggles that with his work as a movie star.

He shares two daughters, Esmeralda Amada Gosling, seven, and Amada Lee Gosling, six, with partner and actress Eva Mendes, 48.  

Fatherhood: Ryan Gosling, 48, who is notoriously private about his personal life, has opened up about being a dad and how he juggles that with his work as a movie star

Fatherhood: Ryan Gosling, 48, who is notoriously private about his personal life, has opened up about being a dad and how he juggles that with his work as a movie star

Ryan explained that one of the reasons he had taken on his latest role in Netflix's The Gray Man, was to spend time with his children and take them to new destinations.

He added that his current role as Ken in the Barbie movie, was also partly inspired by his kids, as it's how he is able to start introducing his work to them.

Speaking to heat magazine, he said: 'I'm like a dad first, and part of the reason for doing the film [The Gray Man] was this opportunity for us to go to these interesting places and be there with my kids.'

Family matters: He shares two daughters, Esmeralda Amada Gosling, seven, and Amada Lee Gosling, six, with partner and actress Eva Mendes, 48 (pictured in 2012)

Family matters: He shares two daughters, Esmeralda Amada Gosling, seven, and Amada Lee Gosling, six, with partner and actress Eva Mendes, 48 (pictured in 2012)

He then recalled: 'You know it's funny, we went to France and we went everywhere - we went to the Louvre and all these things. And if I asked them now, "What was you favourite part about France?" They will say "The fruit plate at the hotel." 

Speaking about how he would introduce them to his work as an actor, Ryan said: 'Well, Barbie was a way to do that. Not necessarily like I'm making it for them, but it's the first time I think they kind of are understanding, Although they can't for the life them understand why I want to play Ken because nobody plays with Ken! But that's why we must tell his story'. 

The rare insight comes after Ryan recounted how he was in the in the middle of filming an epic explosion scene for The Gray Man when Eva called him about their daughters' Zoom piano class. 

Action-packed: Ryan explained that one of the reasons he had taken on his latest role in Netflix's The Gray Man, was to spend time with his children and take them to new destinations (pictured in The Gray Man)

Action-packed: Ryan explained that one of the reasons he had taken on his latest role in Netflix's The Gray Man, was to spend time with his children and take them to new destinations (pictured in The Gray Man)

'That whole scene hinges on me handcuffed to this bench and we're in Prague and there's lots of explosions going up, off, and I was there with Eva and the kids, and they were in a hotel nearby, and I got a call in the middle of one of the scenes,' he revealed on Good Morning America

'I kinda hid behind a bench and used my free hand, and it was Eva saying, "How long are these explosions gonna go on because the girls have a piano Zoom class."'

Ryan started dating Eva in September 2011 after working together on The Place Beyond The Pines.  

Iconic: He added that his current role as Ken in the Barbie movie, was also partly inspired by his kids, as its how he is able to start introducing his work to them (pictured in Barbie)

Iconic: He added that his current role as Ken in the Barbie movie, was also partly inspired by his kids, as its how he is able to start introducing his work to them (pictured in Barbie)

Ryan talked about two of his upcoming films while on GMA, his Netflix film The Gray Man and his highly-anticipated new Barbie project which sees him star opposite Margot Robbie as Ken.

But worlds collide in The Gray Man, where Chris Evans calls Ryan's character Court Gentry a 'Ken doll.'

Ryan admitted that line was added to the script after he was cast in the Barbie flick.

'It was after I was cast. Yeah, they could just feel it, I guess. I was the last to recognize the Ken in me, but I see it clearly now,' Ryan said jokingly.

Ryan joked 'its a lot' to play Ken. 

'I can't even get into it really, we don't have the time,' Ryan joked when asked about his new role. 'It's a lot to be Ken,' he added. 

Dishing on all: The rare insight comes after Ryan recounted how he was in the in the middle of filming an epic explosion scene for The Gray Man when Eva called him about their daughters' Zoom piano class

Dishing on all: The rare insight comes after Ryan recounted how he was in the in the middle of filming an epic explosion scene for The Gray Man when Eva called him about their daughters' Zoom piano class

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Ryan Gosling gives rare insight into fatherhood with partner Eva Mendes

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