Ryan Gosling Says His Relationship With Rachel McAdams Was ‘More Romantic’ Than ‘The Notebook’

Ah, The Notebook. The movie that single-handedly gave a generation of people unrealistic expectations about their love lives. Because of Noah and Allie’s unbreakable bond, we fully expect our romantic partners to swing from the top of Ferris wheels in order to get our attention. We assume date-night will involve rowboats and passionate kisses in the rain as opposed to Netflix and Chill. And we secretly hope after a bad breakup, that our exes have been writing us love letters every day for a year (and we just don’t know it.)

Yet as romantic as the movie is, Ryan Gosling claims that his relationship with Rachel McAdams was “a hell of a lot more romantic” than the one shared on screen. Excuse us while we swoon. 

Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams | Ray Mickshaw/WireImage

‘The Notebook’ starring Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling is still discussed worldwide

The movie (based on the Nicholas Sparks novel) is still actively discussed as though it came out yesterday. The story centers around Allie and Noah, who are from opposite sides of the social spectrum. Allie comes from a stuck up family that cares more about status than happiness. Noah is a passionate poet who lives his life for himself as opposed to trying to please others. Allie finds herself attracted to this quality, and Gosling’s character is able to teach her how to let loose. 

They share a passionate relationship filled with slow dancing in the middle of the street and reading poetry under shaded willow trees. Yet unfortunately, their relationship comes to an end when the star-crossed lovers are forced to split. Not because they want to, but because Allie’s parents think Noah is “trash.” (That’s the actual word Allie’s mom uses to describe him, because apparently she was way ahead of her time with millennial slang.) 

Yet thankfully, the two rekindle their relationship as adults and they rediscover their undying love for one another. Oh, and they also die in each other’s arms, so there’s that. *Insert ugly cry, here.*  

Noah and Allie from ‘The Notebook’ are just like Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams

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Luckily, the actors who play Allie and Noah ended up falling for each other in real life as well. Their romance, as it turns out, is a lot like the one shared between the characters they portray on-screen. 

Gosling and McAdams were in a romantic relationship from 2005-2007. In an interview with GQ, Gosling admits that his love story with the Mean Girls actress was way more romantic than The Notebook

“People do Rachel and me a disservice by assuming we were anything like the people in that movie,” he says. “Rachel and my love story is a hell of a lot more romantic than that.”

Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling hated each other at first


Just like Allie and Noah, Gosling and McAdams started on the wrong foot. In fact, it is pretty well known that the actors couldn’t stand each other for the longest time. Things got so heated that Gosling wanted McAdams to be replaced with a different actress. Just like the characters, their passionate disdain for one another morphed into a passionate romance. 

In an interview with VH1, director Nick Cassavetes recalls the experience. 

“They were really not getting along one day on set. Really not. And Ryan came to me, and there are 150 people standing in this big scene, and he says, ‘Nick come here.’ And he’s doing a scene with Rachel and he says, ‘Would you take her out of here and bring in another actress to read off camera with me?’ I said, ‘What?’ He says, ‘I can’t. I can’t do it with her. I’m just not getting anything from this.’”

Little did he know, he would end up “getting” one of the greatest loves of his life.