Why Eva Mendes Asked Ryan Gosling for His Ken Underwear From Barbie

By Elyse Dupre Jun 29, 2022 6:52 PMTags

Barbie and Ken have extensive wardrobes, but there was one piece in particular Eva Mendes wanted to keep from her longtime love Ryan Gosling's closet.

In fact, the Hitch actress made a special request to the actor, who is playing Ken in the upcoming Barbie movie. "I actually have that underwear—the Ken underwear. I asked for it," Mendes exclusively revealed in this sneak peek at the June 29 episode of E! News' Nightly Pop. "I just said, 'Just please bring home the Ken underwear. That's all I want.'"

Fans got their first look at Gosling's portrayal of the doll in a June 15 Instagram post, which showed him flashing his abs while wearing a denim vest, jeans and those Ken briefs Mendes mentioned. And of course, Mendes thought his look was totally fantastic.

"It's my teenage dream, for sure," she said. "It's so funny because it's like he's playing a character. He's not playing a real person, he's playing a doll."

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Previously calling the film "So. F. Funny [and] So. F. Good" on Instagram, she also praised Gosling's co-star, Margot Robbie, who's stars as the film's titular doll.

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Other than that, Mendes told Nightly Pop, "I can't say anything else about the movie. I've been really threatened," but not before adding, "You're in for something. You're in for a treat."

During a recent episode of The Talk, co-host Jerry O'Connell debuted his own take on the Ken look, and Mendes couldn't help but think that Gosling had started a trend.

"I feel like my man has started a real renaissance," the entrepreneur said, "like a Ken-aissance." 

And in case you were wondering, yes, she's seen the memes about Gosling's Ken. Mendes—who shares daughters Esmeralda, 7, and Amada, 6, with The Notebook alum—spoke about one particular post that caught her attention that features side-by-side images of Gosling playing Ken in Barbie and Court Gentry in The Gray Man along with the words, "Inside of you there are 2 Ryan Goslings."

So which would Mendes choose? "Well I definitely want to spend my nights with the Gray Man and then spend my days with Ken," she replied. "That's a party. ‘Cause Ken's fun and the Gray Man, you know."

Tune in to E! tonight at 11:30 p.m. for more exclusive scoop from Eva Mendes on Nightly Pop.

Fans can see Gosling and Robbie in Barbie when it hits theaters July 21, 2023.

(Originally published June 29, 2022 at 5:44 a.m. PT)