Ryan Gosling is admittedly a man of many talents: he’s been nominated for an Oscar, he has impeccable street style and he adopted his scraggly dog George from a shelter. But, there’s an argument to be made that it’s his penchant for showing off his impeccable biceps that really seals the deal for Ryan Gosling fans—and come on, in reality, aren’t we all Ryan Gosling fans?
Though it’s hard to pinpoint our obsession to one project, it was probably the 2004 Nicholas Sparks rom-com The Notebook that sparked our uncontrollable infatuation with The Gos. Noah was the dreamy, good ol’ Southern boy that all teen girls wanted to date. The moment he said "If you’re a bird, I’m a bird," we were hooked. Regardless of whether we actually understood what that meant (I know I still don’t).
In honor of the 10-year anniversary of The Notebook‘s theatrical release today, let’s take a look back at all the times Ryan Gosling showed off his beautiful biceps for us. Although to be honest, do you really need an excuse?