Ryan Gosling Reveals Nickname His Kids Have for Costar Emily Blunt

Ryan Gosling’s daughters have a special moniker for Emily Blunt — and it’s an homage to one of her most famous movie roles.

“My kids call [Emily] Mary Poppins,” Gosling, 43, disclosed on the Tuesday, April 23, episode of the Today program. “They’re like, ‘Are you working with Mary Poppins today?’ sure, sure I am.”

Blunt, 41 — who played the title role of the magical nanny in 2018’s Mary Poppins Returns — and Gosling both share two daughters of the same age with their respective partners: Blunt and husband John Krasinski are parents to Hazel, 9, and Violet, 7, while Gosling and longtime partner Eva Mendes share Esmerelda, 9, and Amada, 7.

According to Blunt, the admiration of their little ones goes both ways. She revealed that her daughters “love” Gosling profoundly, particularly for his role as Ken in 2023’s popular summer blockbuster Barbie.

“Actually, my oldest one [Violet] — It’s the first movie she has expressed any interest in, and it has nothing to do with me. It’s all about Ryan,” she quipped. However, when Gosling replied it’s more about “Ken, really,” Blunt had to concur.

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“It’s Ken,” she confessed. “They’re fascinated with what his hair looks like in real life. That was a query I got a lot.” (Gosling famously bleached his hair platinum blonde for the role.)

Gosling and Blunt costar in the upcoming film The Fall Guy, which hits theaters May 3. The movie follows battle-scarred stuntman Colt Seavers (Gosling) as he returns to the entertainment industry when the protagonist of a major studio movie abruptly disappears. Blunt portrays his ex-girlfriend, Jody Moreno, who also happens to be the director of the film Colt has been cast in.

Although Gosling’s own moniker for Blunt is “Emily Stunty Blunt,” he told Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday that the actress does have an inherent whimsical aspect that resembles her 2018 character.

“She just brings, you know, she brings that blunt force, she brings the magic, she just Mary Poppins it,” he explained. “And pulls whatever it is out of her bag. She ascends from the heavens, she draws all of the techniques out of her acting suitcase, she makes the enchantment. Then she’s off to assist other people on other features and you’re like, ‘Was that real?'”

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Blunt, meanwhile, has infinite regard for Gosling’s talent.

“I could actually write a sort of laundry list of things that I admire and adore about Ryan,” she told ET. I believe he is a complete peerless talent and he’s the greatest and he’s eternally hilarious, absurdly bright and kind … You are the kindest.”

While Blunt and Gosling are clearly close friends, they poked light at their 2023 films, Oppenheimer and Barbie, running head to head at the box office last summer while presenting at the Oscars in March. (Both were up for Academy Awards in the Best Supporting categories, but Emma Stone and Blunt’s Oppenheimer costar Cillian Murphy took home the honors.)

Ryan Gosling Reveals the Adorable Nickname His Kids Have for “Fall Guy”  Costar Emily Blunt

“I’m just happy that we can finally put this ‘Barbenheimer’ rivalry aside,” Gosling told Blunt on stage, to which Blunt remarked, “The way this award season has turned out, it wasn’t that much of a rivalry. Just let it go!”

“It’s true. You people are doing very well, you know? Congratulations,” Gosling replied about Christopher Nolan’s atomic bomb biopic, which ultimately took home Best Picture that night. “But I think I kind of figured out why it’s called ‘Barbenheimer’ and not ‘Oppenarbie.’ You’re on the rear end because you rode Barbie’s coattails all summer.”

Gosling was referring to the $1.4 billion Barbie garnered at the worldwide box office, which made Greta Gerwig’s comedy the highest-grossing film of 2023. Oppenheimer, meanwhile, earned a total of $960 million worldwide.

“Thanks for Kens-plaining that to me, all right,” Blunt fired back. “Mr. I need to paint my muscles on to get nominated! You don’t see Robert Downey doing that.”

The Fall Guy reaches theaters on Friday, May 3.