Ryan Gosling Says ‘The Notebook’ Introduced Him To the ‘Great Love of His Life’

The Notebook is one of the most romantic movies ever created. This is not up for debate. The relationship between Allie and Noah is overflowing with passionate grand gestures to lengths of which we’ve never seen before. Coincidentally, the romance between these two lovebirds didn’t come to an end whenever the director would yell “cut.” This is because Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling were romantically involved as well. Gosling even admits that The Notebook has introduced him to one of the ‘great loves of his life.’ 

Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling
Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling | M. Caulfield/WireImage

Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling hated each other at first 

Just like their on-screen characters in the Nicholas Sparks adaptation, McAdams and Gosling had trouble getting along at first. Apparently, the two couldn’t stand each other in real life, to the point where Gosling tried to kick the Mean Girls star off the film for good. 

In the movie, Allie and Noah have trouble getting along at first as well. In fact, this line from The Notebook perfectly sums up Gosling and McAdams’ romance:

“They didn’t agree on much. In fact, they rarely agreed on anything. They fought all the time—and they challenged each other every day. But despite their differences, they had one important thing in common: They were crazy about each other.”

Ryan Gosling says ‘The Notebook’ introduced him to ‘one of the great loves’ of his life

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Solid proof that true love exists. (Or at least it did from 2005-2007 when Gosling and McAdams were together.) Not only has Gosling referred to his co-star as “one of the great loves of my life,” but he also goes on to say that his relationship with her was way more romantic than the one shared between Allie and Noah. 

In an interview with GQ, Gosling recalls his relationship with his co-star. “God bless The Notebook,” he says. “It introduced me to one of the great loves of my life. But people do Rachel and me a disservice by assuming we were anything like the people in that movie. Rachel and my love story is a hell of a lot more romantic than that.” 

Can this man get any more romantic? Jeez. 

‘The Notebook’ musical is currently in the works 

Those of us who can’t get enough of Allie and Noah’s love story are in luck. Not only is there a paperback version of The Notebook as well as a film version, but there is also going to be a broadway musical! (We know which soundtrack we’re going to be playing on repeat once the music comes out.) 

What’s more, the people who are working on the musical adaptation are incredibly talented. Ingrid Michaelson is writing the score for the musical, while This is Us producer, Bekah Brunstetter, will be the playwright. 

The creator of The Notebook, Nicholas Sparks, reveals his excitement for the musical

“I am thrilled to work with Bekah and Ingrid in order to make The Notebook a reality on Broadway,” he says. “They are amazingly talented, and obviously, the story is near and dear to my heart.”