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Ryan Gosling Covers GQ January 2011

Posted Tuesday December 14, 2010 10:37 AM GMT

In the midst of promoting his new movie "Blue Valentine," Ryan Gosling landed the cover of the January 2011 issue of GQ magazine.

On newsstands nationwide December 21, the hunky actor was interviewed by Brett Martin while visiting a few favorite L.A. spots including the Magic Castle and The Varnish.

Discussing family and his various jobs outside of acting, highlights of the GQ interview are as follows:

On his family’s willful suspension of disbelief:

“My mother still believes in Santa Claus. We tried to break it to her once, but she wasn’t having it. There are very few believers in the world, but my mother is one of them. I don’t know if she’d admit that this is why she does it, but it’s just more fun to believe in Santa than not to.”

On why he got a job at a deli after his Hollywood hit, The Notebook:

“ ‘I’d never had a real job,’ he says. The problem with Hollywood, he goes on, is that nobody works. ‘They have meals. They go to Pilates. But it’s not enough. So they do drugs. If everybody had a pile of rocks in their backyard and spent every day moving them from one side of the yard to the other, it would be a much happier place.’ ”

On expecting retribution from his success:

“Look, this is crazy. I don’t understand how I’m here, living this life, wearing this suit. I assume I’m going to pay for it someday…. And that’s okay. It seems fair to me. I just want to be ready for it. I want to meet it like a gentleman.”

Photo Credit: Mario Testino/GQ