Ryan Gosling reveals he originally wanted to be an NBA player when he was younger

by Asfa Shakeel

During a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Ryan Gosling shared his early career aspirations, and how he just fell short of realizing them.

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Ryan Gosling wanted to be an NBA player when he was young. (Image source: YouTube/Jimmy Kimmel Live)

Gosling was on the show to promote his upcoming movie, First Man. Kimmel asked him about his interest in the NBA, to which Gosling replied that despite wanting to, he did not get to watch anything because of his kids. He said, “Well, but I have a 2 year old and a 3 and a half year old so let’s be honest, I’m not watching anything that doesn’t have a talking tiger in it.

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The actor revealed his kids do not let him watch basketball. (Image source: YouTube/Jimmy Kimmel Live)

Ryan Gosling

He has two kids: a 2 year old and a 3 and a half year old. (Image source: YouTube/Jimmy Kimmel Live)

Kimmel, who has a 3 year old and a 1 year old, then proceeded to give him a little tip on how to watch basketball with young kids in the house. He said, “If you hold the kid right up to the TV and go ball, and have them follow the ball, they will watch the ball. At least my kids will sit there and watch the ball.

He also added, “It works on pets too.”

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Kimmel gave Gosling some tips on how to work around kids. (Image source: YouTube/Jimmy Kimmel Live)

Kimmel also asked Gosling if he had ever thought of being a basketball player himself. Gosling revealed that he had, but that several crucial shortcomings had hampered him from realizing his wildest dream. He explained, “Well I, you know like any kid growing up in the 90s, I thought I was going to be in the NBA, I was sure of it. A few setbacks: I was very short for a very long time, and I had no talent. So it didn’t matter.

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Like a typical 90s kid, Ryan Gosling also thought he would be in the NBA. ((Image source: YouTube/Jimmy Kimmel Live)

Ryan Gosling

He said he had neither the height nor the talent. (Image source: YouTube/Jimmy Kimmel Live)

He also revealed that while in his freshman year of high school, he once thought he had made it to the NBA when his coach made a very serious phone call. It turned out that the coach was doing something else entirely and Gosling’s dreams were crushed immediately.

He said, “I was on the freshman team and there was a moment in practice when my coach was picking up the phone really slowly and looking at me. And I thought, she’s definitely saying like, it’s the NBA and she’s saying, you’ve got to get down here and see this, you know. But I think she was just ordering pizza, and she was like, I got the perfect guy to pick those up.

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Ryan Gosling also narrated an awkward phone call that he thought would get him to the NBA but didn’t. (Image source: YouTube/Jimmy Kimmel Live)

First Man stars Ryan Gosling, Jon Bernthal and Crown‘s Claire Foy. The movie will open in theatrers on October 12 of this year.

Watch the full interview below:

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