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Ryan Gosling Is Exactly As Sensitive a Director As You Hoped He’d Be

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 07:  Actor Ryan Gosling arrives at Warner Bros. Pictures' "Gangster Squad" premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on January 7, 2013 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) "Hey girl. I'm an actor's director."

Ryan Gosling wasn't at Cannes to hear the boos his new film Only God Forgives received. That's because he's in Detroit, directing How to Catch a Monster, which Saiorse Ronan (Atonement, The Lovely Bones) says is going well. "It's different working with an actor as a director," says Ronan, who will appear in Gosling's directorial debut alongside Christina Hendricks, Doctor Who's Matt Smith, and the Gos's girlfriend, Eva Mendes. "So much of his approach is character-based, and he has a lot of respect for how we feel about them. If there's something we don't feel like doing, like, if my character doesn't feel like she would get in a car, and I tell him that, he'll rewrite the scene later. He's just so relaxed and very, very creative." Ronan says How to Catch a Monster is Gosling's "baby," too. Awww.

Photo: Jason Merritt/2013 Getty Images