With a roster of famous alumni that reads like a who's who in Hollywood, the revamped Mickey Mouse Club was like the ultimate launch pad for superstars-in-training back in the 90s. And, for former Mouseketeers like Ryan Gosling and Britney Spears, it made for some very interesting play dates.
"Britney was a sweetheart," the hunky Place Beyond the Pines actor said in a recent interview with the UK's The Sunday Times magazine. "She lived right above me, the girl next door. The little girl I used to play basketball and spin the bottle with."
Gosling, 32, added that he hasn't really kept in touch with his fellow Mickey Mouse Club costars, however. The star-studded alumni list includes the likes of Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Keri Russell.
"I mean, sometimes you are at the same event, but it's a lot like I imagine what it's like to run into someone from elementary school," he said of keeping tabs on his former gang of childhood stars-to-be.
Despite the disconnect, however, Gosling said that he isn't surprised by how successful that class of 1993 has been in the entertainment industry.
"It is remarkable, but it isn't, in a way," he told the publication. "Now you have the X Factor and all that stuff, but back then it wasn't around. You give these kids an unparalleled work ethic, which is why you see the difference between 'N Sync and those other bands, and between Britney and Christina and the other girls."
Gosling himself has been no slouch in building up his own brand in Hollywood, though he announced earlier this year that he's decided to take a break from acting in order to "reassess."
"I've been doing it too much. I've lost perspective on what I'm doing," he told The Associated Press in March. "I think it's good for me to take a break and reassess why I'm doing it and how I'm doing it. And I think this is probably a good way to learn about that."
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