“Up until this point, I only knew Ken from afar. I didn’t know Ken from within,” Ryan Gosling declared at CinemaCon in Las Vegas this week. Discussing his upcoming role as Ken in Greta Gerwig’s Barbie starring Margot Robbie, he added, “I doubted my Ken-ergy. I didn’t see it, but Margot and Greta, they conjured this out of me somehow.”
I stayed up all night thinking about “Ken-ergy.” When the promotional character images and lead poster of Barbie dropped, we fixated on many newly found details about the film: Dua Lipa as a blue-haired Barbie mermaid! Issa Rae as president Barbie! America Ferrera as a…human? But the biggest revelation was simple: Barbie is everything, and Ken? He’s just Ken.