They once lived together after co-starring on The Mickey Mouse Club as kids, and could cross paths later this month as Oscar nominees, but their past doesn't mean that Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake are friends now.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Timberlake, whose song 'Cant' Stop The Feeling' is nominated for a Best Song Oscar, opened up about his unconventional childhood, where he became a star at a young age, and revealed in the process that despite Gosling living with him and his mom for a year when both were co-stars on The Mickey Mouse Club (alongside fellow eventual superstars Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Keri Russell), they haven't stayed close over the years and aren't really friends now.
"We aren't the closest of friends, for whatever reason," Timberlake said nonchalantly.
However, despite the two not staying in touch, Timberlake has nothing but praise for the show that helped catapult the two, as well as their co-stars to eventual massive fame later in their careers.
"We were at the age where you just soak in everything," he said of the show. "We were taking acting classes, music classes, dance classes. We were learning how coverage and editing and cinematography work. And being put in front of a live audience, learning how to engage the crowd to get a laugh. Honestly, it was like SNL for children."
Of course, it isn't completely far-fetched to believe that both Timberlake and Gosling lost touch with one another over the years, especially after their time on MMC came to an end. After that show, Timberlake went on to join NSYNC, and later launch a solo career when the band broke up. He has also launched a career as a successful actor as well. His romantic life was also followed religiously for years, specifically his long-term relationships with Spears, Cameron Diaz, and later, his now-wife, Jessica Biel, with whom he has a son, Silas.
Gosling meanwhile, found success with a series of small roles after MMC, eventually gaining more momentum with roles on Breaker High and Young Hercules, before landing his massive big break being cast as Noah Calhoun in the big-screen adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' The Notebook. His career continues to blossom from there, with him earning his first Oscar nomination for 2007's Lars and the Real Girl. At the time, his relationship with Notebook co-star Rachel McAdams was also religiously followed, and the two were still discussed often after their 2008 breakup. His career saw an even bigger resurgence after his first project with eventual perennial co-star Emma Stone, Crazy Stupid Love, in 2011. His romance with Eva Mendes has remained mostly out of the spotlight despite the pair being together for over five years. They are also parents to two daughters, Esmeralda and Amada.