Photo Credit: Courtesy CTV
From our friends up North comes the gift of tween Ryan Gosling giving a television interview in his mother country of Canada.
In honor of its 40th anniversary, CTV's Canada AM has been re-broadcasting vintage interviews with famous native sons and daughters, including Gosling, rapper Drake (who was on the Canadian teen drama Degrassi), and singers Alanis Morissette and Avril Lavigne.
Of course, nowadays Gosling, 31, is an Oscar-nominated Hollywood hearthrob known for his random acts of heroics and his perfectly sculpted body. But back when he was just a 12-year-old boy, he had just received word that he was joining the new version of the Mickey Mouse Club -- along with fellow soon-to-be stars Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Keri Russell.
Wearing a denim shirt, necktie and gelled hair, the young Gosling talks to Canada AM about beating more than 15,000 other young applicants to become "Canada's only official Mouseketeer."
"I hit the roof. It was so fun. My mother and I -- we were just jumping around," a surprisingly eloquent Gosling explains when asked how he reacted to getting the gig on the revamped Disney show. "The people of Disney are amazing... they treated us like we were kings and queens."
And you don't have to listen too closely to hear the Canadian accent, like when Gosling -- who details how he had to be a Triple Threat to get the job -- says he's excited a-boot the opportunity to meet his favorite celebs such as basketball legend Michael Jordan and the late king of pop, Michael Jackson.
"Canadians will be watching you," the anchor tells Gosling as a farewell. Nearly 20 years later, the entire world does, too.
Watch the interview below!