Wait, was Ryan Gosling in Holidate?

Was Ryan Gosling in Holidate? Fans are convinced that Hollywood actor cameoed in the Netflix film.

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If there’s two things we love it’s Netflix’s Holidate and fan theories, so we were delighted when people started to wonder if that was Ryan Gosling we saw in Holidate?!

The (extremely) cheesy film has been the talk of the town since it first hit Netflix on 28 October with its tale of two singletons teaming up to be each other’s plus ones for the holiday season. You know, to avoid any unwanted questioning from family members about settling down... We've all been there.

The film stars Emma Roberts as Sloane and Luke Bracey as Jackson. Despite it being the epitome of all things rom-com, its feel-good factor has won us over (we're all looking for things to do in lockdown or to distract us from election anxiety after all). And the cheesiness and rom com cliches do nothing to detract from Emma and Luke’s performance. 

But it also includes an unexpected Ryan Gosling appearance, as many fans now believe...

Was Ryan Gosling in Holidate?

Many fans are now convinced that there’s a celebrity appearance others might not have noticed - until now. 

A man spotted in the background of one of Holidate’s key scenes looks rather like Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Gosling. 

WHERE DOES HE APPEAR?

In this much-watched scene, Jackson accuses Sloane of being afraid to love.

Ryan Gosling himself is referenced, when he says: “If Ryan Gosling waltzed down this frozen food aisle and offered to take you on the ride of your life, you would still say no,”

He goes on to say that she would “be too afraid to get on that train: the Ryan Gosling train.” 

But Sloane isn’t prepared to let Jackson have the last word. She fights back, replying: “You are so wrong. Ryan Gosling would never do his own shopping. He's way too cool for that."

It’s at this pivotal moment that the supposed cameo occurs. With perfect timing, Ryan Gosling - or at least someone who looks very like him - peruses frozen goods in the background. 

HOW HAVE FANS REACTED TO Ryan Gosling's supposed cameo?

Fans quickly took to Twitter to air their thoughts. One user posted: "SOMEBODY PLS TELL ME THAT THE GUY IN THE BACK IS @RyanGosling!!! @netflix #holidate".

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Another commented: "Is that @RyanGosling down the freezer aisle in #holidate ???", followed by commenters putting forth their own thoughts. 

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BUT WAS IT REALLY RYAN GOSLING?

However, despite the Twitter frenzy, we finally have the truth. Fans may be slightly disappointed to learn that the Ryan Gosling-looking man was in fact just a man who looks like Ryan Gosling!

Actor and stuntman Chat Zigmund plays Luke’s stand in and has solved this mystery.

Hi, I am Chad “Frozen Food Aisle Ryan Gosling” Zigmund. #holidate Chad Zigmund

A photo posted by @woosawchum on Nov 2, 2020 at 3:03pm PST

In an Instagram post this week, he revealed: “I am Chad ‘Frozen Food Ryan Gosling’ Zigmund”. 

It might not be quite what we expected, but even we have to agree - fans weren’t wrong when they spotted the resemblance. 

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com.


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!