Watch Ryan Gosling and Simu Liu Rehearse "I'm Just Ken" in New 'Barbie' Featurette

Also featuring Greta Gerwig, Slash and Mark Ronson

BY Ben OkazawaPublished Aug 22, 2023

On the Barbie soundtrack headlined by some of pop music's biggest stars including Dua Lipa, Nicki Minaj and Billie Eilish, who would've thought that Ryan Gosling's goofy power-pop masculinity anthem "I'm Just Ken" would emerge as the most popular song of the bunch?

Well, the track has blown up on streaming platforms and social media alike — netting Gosling his first spot on the Billboard Hot 100 after it peaked at No. 87 — and the Barbie team is capitalizing on its success. 

Atlantic Records has shared a four-minute behind-the-scenes featurette showcasing a mixture of Gosling and the Kens (which also sounds like a really good folk band), including fellow Kenadian Simu Liu, rehearsing the choreography, in-studio footage of Slash and Mark Ronson producing the track, and the polished final product. 

As the video continues, even more clips emerge of the star-studded Kensemble, including Ncuti Gatwa, Scott Evans and Kingsley Ben-Adir, as they record backing vocals and nail down their dancing, fighting and dance-fighting moves. 

Despite standing behind the camera, Greta Gerwig — who helmed the movie to become the highest-grossing film directed by a woman — is the unlikely star of the featurette, with fans loving just how much she loved shooting the scene. 

One comment reads, "I especially adore seeing Greta putting her hand over her mouth to not laugh and ruin the take. Give us more, more, more!"

"I love seeing footage of Greta directing. She's such an inspiration to me and countless other women ... she is smashing the glass ceiling and I feel like she's just getting started," reads another. 

Watch Gerwig, Gosling, Liu, Slash, Ronson and the cast of Barbie put together what some are calling the song of the summer below. 


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