In 2005, Gosling appeared as a disturbed young art student in Stay, a psychological thriller film co-starring Naomi Watts and Ewan Mc Gregor. I'm just as proud if someone says, 'Hey, you made me sick in that movie,' as if they say I made them cry.” Gosling next starred in 2006's Half Nelson as a drug-addicted junior high school teacher who forms a bond with a young student.
In an uncomplimentary review of the film, Manohla Dargis of The New York Times said that Gosling "like his fans, deserves better." Gosling was unfazed by the negative reaction: "I had a kid come up to me on the street, 10 years old, and he says, 'Are you that guy from Stay? To prepare for the role, Gosling moved to New York for one month before shooting began.
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.
Timberlake's mother became Gosling's legal guardian after his mother returned to Canada for work reasons.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.Gosling has said that the opportunity to work with Morse made him "a better actor".where Gosling and Pitt portrayed a pair of high school seniors who believe they can commit the perfect murder.Bullock played the detective tasked with investigating the crime.