Why Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling make the right Barbie and Ken
Although Robbie as Barbie was a given, Gerwig wrote the role of lead actor Ken for Gosling without any assurances that he would be willing or able.
“I just knew he was going to be perfect for it,” she recalled to E!. When the producers saw Ryan’s name in the script, “they said, ‘Oh, that’s great, you know Ryan,'” she continued. “I was like, ‘Oh no, I’ve never met Ryan. I don’t know if Ryan will, I just want him to.’ I feel like I somehow conjured it up out of thin air. But I can’t believe he said yes and then I can’t believe he put on the performance that he gave.”
The director was quick to add the performances he and Robbie put on.
“I knew they were great, but I was floored every day,” said Gerwig. “They created the comedy by taking it very seriously. They never made fun of it, they never stood by. They always went about their work with absolute dedication and truth – and that’s why it’s funny. But they definitely exist.” Moments in this film where I just can’t believe they did it. I still can’t believe they did it!”