October 26th, 2010
02:00 PM ET
He may be one of Hollywood's most acclaimed young actors, but Ryan Gosling says his talent is nothing compared to that of fellow former Mouseketeers Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
Canadian Gosling, 29, tells the November issue of Interview magazine that he began his career as a child, singing "When a Man Loves a Woman" at weddings with his sister.
"We’d do it right before the garter ceremony," he explains. "While the bride was sitting on the chair, I would get down on my knees and sing the song, and then my sister would sing another song, and then together we would sing 'Old Time Rock & Roll.' Then sometimes if we were really killing it, I’d sing 'Runaround Sue.'"
Eventually, he joined Spears, Aguilera and Timberlake as a Mouseketeer in the early '90s Disney series, "The All New Mickey Mouse Club." But it wasn't long before he realized that his wedding warbling didn't quite cut it.
"It was kind of depressing because when I got there, they realized that I wasn’t really up to snuff in comparison with what some of the other kids were able to do," he says. "I remember one time they put four of us in a dance routine, but I was so off. I was on the end, so they just pushed the shot in closer on the other three guys to frame me out."
Ultimately, Gosling only appeared at the beginning and end of the show, giving him a lot of free time in between, which he spent with fellow Disney staffers at the theme parks.
"There was one guy who I became friends with. He played a genie and was this great dancer. He took us to a place called Pleasure Island, which was for adults to go after the kids had their days," says Gosling.
"He would sneak us in and we would go to a club there called 8 Trax and dance with the secretaries, who were grinding on us," he adds. "Now, that sounds completely inappropriate. I can’t imagine how it was possible."
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