Blue Valentine

A Love Story

Ryan Gosling

Landing the controversial lead role in the film THE BELIEVER was a career breakthrough for Ryan Gosling. His performance garnered him rave reviews and industry-wide attention. He continues to be noticed as "one of the most exciting actors of his generation," as recently declared by Manohla Dargis, critic for The New York Times. In 2004, he was lauded as ShoWest's Male Star of Tomorrow.

In 2007 Gosling was honored with both a Golden Globe and SAG Actor nomination for his work in LARS AND THE REAL GIRL. The previous year he garnered an Academy Award Nomination for Best Actor for his role in HALF NELSON. His performance as Dan, a drug-addicted inner city junior high school teacher also garnered Best Actor nominations from the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Broadcast Film Critics Awards, Film Independent Spirit Awards, Chicago Film Critics, Online Film Critics’ Society, Toronto Film Critics and the Satellite Awards. He was awarded the Male Breakthrough Performance Award from the National Board of Review, and won Best Actor Awards from both the Seattle and Stockholm International Film Festivals.

Gosling’s performance in THE BELIEVER, which won the Grand Jury prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, garnered him a Best Actor Film Independent Spirit nomination, a Best Actor nomination from the London Film Critics’ Circle, and earned him the Golden Ram for Best Actor by the Russian National Critics Association.

He returned to Sundance in 2002 starring in the independent feature THE SLAUGHTER RULE, playing an emotionally vulnerable and estranged teen, opposite David Morse. He received strong reviews for his follow-up performance as a nihilistic predator in the psychological thriller MURDER BY NUMBERS, opposite Sandra Bullock. Other film credits include REMEMBER THE TITANS, starring Denzel Washington.

Gosling’s penchant to take on intricate and complex characters earned him the lead and title role in THE UNITED STATES OF LELAND, opposite Kevin Spacey and Don Cheadle. Subsequently, he starred in the blockbuster romantic drama THE NOTEBOOK, followed by Marc Forster’s STAY, opposite Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, starred opposite Anthony Hopkins in the thriller FRACTURE as well as the lead in ALL GOOD THINGS.

In addition to his work on screen, Ryan recently released the album Dead Mans Bones.

Michelle Williams

Williams' riveting performance in Ang Lee's BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN earned her a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award as well as Best Supporting Actress nominations from SAG, Golden Globe, BAFTA and ultimately an Academy Award® nomination.

In 2004, Williams shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination with her fellow actors from Thomas McCarthy's THE STATION AGENT for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. In 2005, Williams was honored by the Motion Picture Club as Female Star of Tomorrow. Williams was nominated for a 2007 Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress for her performance in Wim Wenders' LAND OF PLENTY. In Kelly Reichardt's critically acclaimed independent film WENDY AND LUCY, Williams' moving and evocative performance as “Wendy” garnered her a Toronto Film Critics Award for Best Actress in 2009 and her third Independent Spirit Award Nomination.

Williams will next be seen in her second collaboration with director Kelly Reichardt in MEEK’S CORNER and in TAKE THIS WALTZ starring opposite Seth Rogen.

Williams' other film credits include Sharon Maguire's INCENDIARY, Charlie Kaufman's SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK, Todd Haynes' I'M NOT THERE, Dan Harris' IMAGINARY HEROES, Richard Ledes' A HOLE IN ONE, Ethan Hawke's THE HOTTEST STATE, Julian Goldberger's THE HAWK IS DYING, Sandra Goldbacher's ME WITHOUT YOU, and Andrew Fleming's DICK. Williams was last seen in Martin Scorcese's SHUTTER ISLAND, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.

On television, Williams starred opposite Chloë Sevigny in Martha Coolidge's critically acclaimed HBO movie IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK 2. She also had a six-year run as “Jen Lindley” on the WB's hit television series DAWSON'S CREEK. The series premiered in 1998 and remained one of the WB's top-rated shows throughout its run.

On stage, Williams received glowing reviews for her portrayal of Varya in Chekhov's THE CHERRY ORCHARD at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. She also achieved critical acclaim for her run in Mike Leigh's SMELLING A RAT at the Samuel Beckett Theatre and her off-Broadway debut in KILLER JOE.

Faith Wladyka

Faith Wladyka (Frankie), a six year old New York native is thrilled to be making her film debut in BLUE VALENTINE among such a superstar cast. Playing the daughter of Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling was a very exciting experience for her. Known for her free spirit and bubbly personality, Faith can also be seen in many TV commercials and an episode of ONE LIFE TO LIVE. When Faith is not filming, she enjoys dancing, soccer and playing with her brother, sister and dog.

Mike Vogel

Mike Vogel has quickly become one of the most sought after young actors in Hollywood. He will be soon seen on the highly anticipated series MIAMI MEDICAL by Jerry Bruckheimer on CBS. His most recent film is the comedy SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE.

Other recent films include: ACROSS THE HALL, the blockbuster CLOVERFIELD, produced by J.J. Abrams. Additional film credits include POSEIDON, RUMOR HAS IT, CAFFIENE, THE DEATHS OF IAN STONE, SUPERCROSS, THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS and opposite Jessica Biel in THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE in 2003.

Vogel won critical praise for his break-through performance in MTV’s musical adaptation of WUTHERING HEIGHTS.