“I've been doing it too much,” Gosling said. “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.”
Gosling was recently seen in “Gangster Squad,” and will be seen again in “The Place Beyond the Pines,” in which he reunites with “Blue Valentine” director Derek Cianfrance, and in “Only God Forgives,” in which he reunites with “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn. He also just finished filming an untitled Terrence Malick film.
When it comes to acting, Gosling said he prefers to be a supporting actor rather than the lead.
“There's a lot of pressure to be the lead of a film,” he said. “I have done it. It's not my favorite way to work.”
Gosling isn’t stepping away from movies altogether. He is currently working on his first directorial effort, “How to Catch a Monster,” which stars Saoirse Ronan and Eva Mendes. But he feels that he’s not entirely comfortable with taking another role at this point in his acting career, he said.
"The more opportunities I'm given, the more I learn about how easy it is to (expletive) it up," Gosling 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."