Yep. According to an incredibly glorious interview of Ryan by Steve Carell in Interview Magazine, the life-altering incident occurred when Ryan was just a wee-Canadian:
CARELL: How do you think your Canadianness has impacted who you are and what you’ve become?
GOSLING: I loved growing up in Canada. It’s a great place to grow up, because—well, at least where I grew up—it’s very multicultural. There’s also good health care and a good education system. So it’s a great place to be from, although, when I was 8, I was walking to school one day and I saw a frozen cat by the side of the road, and I picked it up and hit it against a tree.
CARELL: Just to confirm that it was frozen?
GOSLING: Yeah. It was frozen solid, almost mid-step. So I thought, “This isn’t right. I’m moving to California as soon as I can drive.” And that’s what I did.
Let’s be honest – we don’t care why you left Canada Ryan. We are just so very glad you did. We are also pleased that someone had the brilliant idea to have Steve Carell interview you, so that we could enjoy more nuggets like the following:
GOSLING: Well, it feels like not that long ago that I was on a TV show called Young Hercules in which I had a fake tan and wore tight leather pants and fought imaginary monsters.
CARELL: And that’s not the performance for which you received your Academy Award nomination?
Touche Steve Carell. Touche.