In his Golden Globes acceptance speech last year, he surprised everyone by dedicating his La La Land gong to his wife, Eva Mendes, announcing to the crowd, ‘While I was singing and dancing and playing piano and having one of the best experiences I’ve ever had on a film, my lady was raising our daughter, pregnant with our second and trying to help her brother fight his battle with cancer. If she hadn’t have taken all that on so that I could have this experience, it would surely be someone else up here other than me today. So, sweetheart, thank you.’
Just this week, Ryan got personal about his family once again, opening up about his wife and children while appearing on a special Games Night episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live to talk about his new film, First Man.
Admitting he hadn’t had a chance to watch the games, Ryan explained, ‘I knew I was going to be on the show so I was excited to watch the games. But I have a two-year-old and a three-and-a-half-year-old, so, let’s be honest, I’m not watching anything that doesn’t have a talking tiger in it.’
He then went on to talk about his wife, Eva Mendes, explaining how she worked out he had concussion after he underwent intense training to play astronaut Neil Armstrong.
‘I did some physical training. At NASA, they put us through the paces in certain ways,’ he explained to Jimmy. ‘For instance, they built this multi-axis trainer, which is something NASA designed just to help the astronauts prepare for the worst-case scenarios in space. But it’s this thing that kind of sends you ass over teakettle.’
‘They would only do it for 20 minutes at a time or something but in the movie, because we had to get a lot of shots, I was in it for like six to eight hours,’ he continued, going on to explain that he had hit his head repeatedly.
‘Well, I knew something was wrong when I went home one night and I called Eva, and I was just hellbent on this idea that there were people in doughnut stores all around the world that were trying to charm their way into getting free doughnuts.’
He continued: ‘She was so patient and listening. She was like, “I think you might have brain damage. I think you should go to the hospital.”’
And it turns out she was right, with Ryan diagnosed with a concussion from his astronaut training.
First Man is set to hit cinemas in October 2018 and we officially cannot wait.
This article originally appeared on marie claire UK