But if you thought you were thrilled with director Greta Gerwig’s vision for Mattel’s iconic doll, rest assured no one is more excited than Eva Mendes.
The usually press-averse star, who shares two daughters with Gosling, uncharacteristically voiced her support for the film, particularly in regards to the underwear her longtime partner wears as Ken.
“I said, ‘Can I have this underwear please? Please! I never ask for anything,” Mendes laughingly told the co-hosts of CBS’s “The Talk” during a recent episode. “So anyway, I have it. I’m wearing it right now.
The first look at Gosling as Barbie’s lover was released earlier this month, featuring the actor in all his shirtless glory wearing a cut-off denim vest and his own Ken-branded briefs, which are apparently now in the possession of Mendes.
“Well, first of all I saw the photo and the 14-year-old girl in me was like ‘Ahhh,'” she said. “It’s a funny picture and he’s trying to be funny. So it worked on all levels.
“There was something about the image that triggered my, you know, this little teenager…” she continued.
As Mendes is on board with Gosling’s new role, she playfully addressed critics of his transformation online, adding, “People know he’s not playing a real person, right? he’s playing a fake person!
Mendes had an equally enthusiastic response to Gosling’s transformation when it was first unveiled on Instagram.
Besides Gosling and Robbie, who stars and produces the film, “Barbie” also includes actors Kate McKinnon, Alexandra Shipp, Michael Cera, America Ferrera, Ncuti Gatwa, Simu Liu, Issa Rae, Hari Nef and Will Ferrell.
Robbie encouraged fans not to expect a conventional story about the character, who she admitted “comes with a lot of baggage and a lot of nostalgic connections”
“But it comes with a lot of exciting ways to attack it,” Robbie told British Vogue last year. “People usually hear ‘Barbie’ and think, ‘I know what this movie is going to be,’ and then they hear that Greta Gerwig is writing it and directing it, and they’re like, ‘Oh, well, maybe I don’t ‘t…’”
Written by Gerwig and her co-star, Noah Baumbach, “Barbie” is set to hit theaters on July 21, 2023.