Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly described him as "a phenomenal talent even in junk like this" His second screen appearance of 2002 was in The Slaughter Rule with David Morse which explores the relationship between a high school football player and his troubled coach in rural Montana.
His directorial debut, Lost River, was released to poor reviews in 2014.
At the age of nineteen, Gosling decided to move into "serious acting".
He was dropped by his agent and initially found it difficult to secure work because of the "stigma" attached to children's television.
After a supporting role in the football drama Remember the Titans, Gosling secured a lead role as a young Jewish neo-Nazi in 2001's The Believer.
Director Henry Bean said he cast Gosling because his Mormon upbringing helped him understand the isolation of Judaism.