Gosling co-starred in three mainstream films in 2011–the romantic comedy-drama Crazy, Stupid, Love, the political drama The Ides of March, and the neo-noir crime thriller Drive–and received two more Golden Globe Award nominations.
His directorial debut, Lost River, was released to poor reviews in 2014.
Gosling is a supporter of PETA, Invisible Children, and the Enough Project and has traveled to Chad, Uganda and eastern Congo to raise awareness about conflicts in the regions.
He has been in a relationship with actress Eva Mendes since 2011, and they have two daughters together.
He became particularly close friends with Timberlake and they lived together for six months during the second year of the show.