Ryan Gosling: I Think Like a Girl and I Like Ballet!

Ryan Gosling may be known for his intense performances in dramas like The Ides of March and his manly displays of courage off-screen, but the 30-year-old actor says inside he's really sensitive and "thinks like a girl."

What does he mean by that, you might ask? The Drive star tells the British newspaper The Independent that his upbringing shaped his perception of the world -- in a more feminine way.

"I think like a girl, I think," he said. "I was literally raised by my mother and my sister. And I feel like I wouldn't know how to think any other way."

That's right, ladies. The gorgeous leading man is fiercely dedicated to his mother and sister, whom he often takes as his dates to red-carpet events. He even has his sister Mandi Gosling to thank for one particular pastime: ballet dancing.

"My sister was my best friend and my hero growing up," he says. "Because I was home-schooled I didn't have a lot of friends and I did ballet, which was always just girls. All that stuff had an effect on my brain."

And Gosling isn't shy about his love of performing at the barre. He told the English paper he still goes to a Los Angeles dance studio whenever time permits.

"I practice whenever I can," he said. And he's yet to be overwhelmed by fan worship from the students -- or their mothers!

"A lot of the students are young girls so they're there with their moms but they just kind of watch and tell me to keep it up," he added. "They try and be positive but I'm so bad. I don't even know what I like about it but it's like acting, I'm just compelled to do it and I do it to find out why. The not knowing is interesting."

We know we can't be the only ones keeping fingers crossed for an upcoming film that shows off Gosling's dancing skills. (And if he can show off his abs at the same time, more power to him!)

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