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Eva Mendes defends Ryan Gosling's performance in 'Barbie' – Le Journal de Montréal

Eva Mendes defended Ryan Gosling's performance Barbie on Instagram on Wednesday, who was nominated for the Oscars the day before.

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“I am so proud of my husband,” wrote Eva Mendes, 49. “There was so much hate when he took on this role. So many people tried to shame him for it.”

The Ghost Rider star continued, “Despite all the ridicule and articles written about him in #Notmyken, he created this completely original, hilarious, heartbreaking and now iconic character and took him all the way to the Oscars.”

Eva Mendes defends Ryan Gosling's performance in 'Barbie'

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In her post, Eva Mendes shared screenshots of articles questioning the 43-year-old “The Pages of Our Love” star's suitability for the role of Ken in Greta Gerwig's film. The actress' statement comes amid controversy following Ryan Gosling's Oscar nomination for his performance in the film.

The Canadian actor was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category, while America Ferrera was selected in the Best Supporting Actress category. However, fans were surprised to see that Greta Gerwig, co-writer and director of the film, was not nominated in the Best Filmmaker category. Additionally, Margot Robbie, who plays the title character, was not nominated in the Best Actress category.

Shortly after the nominations were announced, Ryan Gosling released a statement expressing his disappointment that his two Academy colleagues were not nominated for the record-breaking film. The actor said: “There is no Ken without Barbie, and there is no Barbie film without Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie, the two people most important to this groundbreaking feature film that is celebrated throughout history and around the world are.”

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes have been together since 2011. They have two daughters, Esmeralda (9) and Amada (7).