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Meet 'Young Hercules'; JUST FOR KIDS; YAK'S CORNER

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Yak had a chance to yak recently with Ryan Gosling, the 18-year-old star of "Young Hercules," the live-action TV show on Fox Family Channel.

Ryan was born in London, Ontario. He has starred in hit Canadian TV shows and has had roles on Nickelodeon's "Are you Afraid of the Dark?" and Disney's "Flash Forward."

We chatted with Ryan on the phone because he's in New Zealand, where the regular "Hercules" show also is being filmed.

Ryan, what's it like there?

It's summer; it's great. It's the perfect place for a mythical show. The locations are breathtaking.

When did you start acting?

I was 12 and picked to be on "The Mickey Mouse Club" on Disney. I went to audition by singing and dancing, and I did the best I could. I got a part and was hired (out of 17,000 kids) as a dancer. Then one kid wasn't doing too well, so they took away his script and I got to act.

What's different about your part now?

I'm used to playing the awkward kid or the annoying guy or the guy already failing somewhere socially. Now "Young Hercules" is the cool guy; he's the rock. When it comes to pressure situations, he saves the day.

What's the best part of doing the show?

The comedy. There's a lot of that. I love the fight scenes. They're fun after you choreograph and plan them.

What do you do when you're not acting?

I sing. I play the guitar, too.

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