On Sunday, I lived out what I imagine would be a fantasy of many girls around the world: I hugged Ryan Gosling. Awkwardly.
You see, I’m a film journalist for a living. That means I get to watch films, review films, chat to film stars and travel the world going to film festivals. It’s a dream job for a movie geek like me. And while I take my job pretty seriously and try to approach my interviews in an intellectual manner; occasionally, when faced with a dreamy movie star or impressive director, my awkward nature pops out.
After many unsuccessful attempts to try to just “act” cool, I have learned to embrace my awkwardness in all its embarrassing glory.
The press junket for Gangster Squad was filled with journalists from all over the world — Spain, Germany, Russia and for me, the Australian film site Moviehole.
After a disastrous high five incident with director Ruben Fleischer (he thought I was going for a handshake, I was trying to force the high five), I decided to end all my interviews in a similar awkward manner.
With Emma, we stared at each other in silence for a good ten seconds. With Josh, it was a cheesy fist bump explosion. And with Ryan, I asked for an awkward hug. Hey, I’m only human.
You never quite know how a celebrity will be when you meet them at a press junket. So many things depend on their mood: the time of the day, who was the journalist before you, how tired are they of answering questions. Sometimes, these stars will do 80 four-minute interviews in the one day.
But Ryan, well, he exceeded my expectations.
He was so nice, so funny and so willing to have fun. As soon as I walked in, he stood up, shook my hand and complimented my vintage Star Wars t-shirt — putting me so at ease that it felt less like staring at a famous star and more like talking to a friend I had met somewhere before.
Ryan answered my questions about Gangster Squad well — we both agreed that gentlemen’s hats should make a comeback — and obliged me with a high five — and a hug. I’ll admit, I had a hard time letting go.
— Alicia Malone
Watch the video above to see Malone’s magical moment with the one and only Ryan Gosling.
Gangster Squad opens in theaters this Friday, Jan. 11.