Ryan Gosling has revealed he's looking forward to directing his first film as he's been doing "too much" acting.
The Canadian heartthrob has conquered the big screen as an actor and is now gearing up to take the reins of How To Catch A Monster, and admitted he is happy to be stepping behind the camera for a change.
"I've been doing it too much," he said of acting.
"I've lost perspective on what I'm doing. 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. I need a break from myself as much as I imagine the audience does."
Ryan, 32, got his big break in 2001's The Believer and a new level of fame came with 2004 film The Notebook, a romance which made him a heartthrob.
"By virtue of being in a movie like that, it just changes people's perception of you," he said. "But it doesn't make it true."
But the actor also revealed he intends to fully appreciate his status in the movie world.
"The more opportunities I'm given, the more I learn about how easy it is to (expletive) it up," he said.
"You fight for freedom and then you get it, and then you have enough rope to hang yourself. It's like trying to exercise some restraint because I do have so much freedom."