by Rebecca Carter
Categories: People.

Ryan Gosling has been at acting for a long time. Though most of us associate him with Rachel McAdams and The Notebook or his recent role in Half Nelson, which has earned him much attention, Gosling started out young. Mickey Mouse Club with Britney Spears & Christina Aguilera, young. In fact, in researching for this post, I found out that Ryan may have turned these girls bad. They all used to live together and one day the girls went up to him and asked about sex. After explaining some positions that he had heard about, Britney ratted him out to her mom. Is that where it all started?

But I digress. In a recent interview with regarding his new film with Anthony Hopkins, Fracture, Ryan talked about some very Ecorazzi-worthy topics. First off, gift bags. They were apparently on the light side this year, and he was glad to see it saying, “I guess this year they kind of tamed them down, which is good ultimately.” Gift bags continue to be an issue in the greening of Hollywood – at least in our book.

JoBlo also brought up his work in “third world charities”. Here is Ryan’s complete response:

I’m not so much involved in the charity work so much as I’ve had some experiences that have become part of my life and part of my personal interests. Two years ago I went to the Darfur refugee camps in Chad and I was shooting a little piece of a documentary on the conditions in the camps. And I think with anybody who goes to Africa, the experience never leaves, certainly the kids don’t. It was there that I learned of the whole phenomenon of child soldiers and night commuters, and this whole situation in Uganda of a 20 year conflict, with 30,000 kids abducted and 1.5 million removed from their homes.

It’s gruesome. It’s like a Grimm’s brothers fairy tale, you can’t believe it. I for myself, I need to know what I was hearing was true. It’s a great thing about this job, that you have the luxury to go to places like this and have access to people who have made this their life’s work. I’ve been sitting down with people who have been involved for the twenty years. I get to learn from them and spend time with them, and then I’m given a platform to talk about those experiences. Some people find it irritating but I don’t think we have a choice. If you see those things and you’re given the opportunity to talk about them, you have to.

If it weren’t for celebs like Gosling & George Clooney talking about Darfur, I think I’d still be in the dark, too.

Thanks for the tip, Linton!

About Rebecca Carter

Rebecca Carter is the Co-Founder of Ecorazzi. Rebecca was recently featured in the book Hot, Rich, and Green. She is one of 70 eco-achievers featured in Glamour magazine in April 2009, named Best of Green 2010 by Miami Magazine and Best Environmentalist by Miami New Times Best of 2008. She's raising a couple of little boys in Miami and speaks English & Spanish. Find out more at Follow Rebecca on Twitter: @rebeccacarter

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