That all changed on this year when he talked "Hey Girl" at SXSW. On Monday, the 34-year-old actor took it one step further, filming himself eating cereal as tribute to the meme's creator, Ryan McHenry, who lost his life to cancer over the weekend.
"My heart goes out to all of Ryan McHenry's family and friends," he wrote in a follow-up tweet. "Feel very lucky to have been apart of his life in some small way."
McHenry, who was just 27 years old when he passed, was first diagnosed with bone cancer in 2013 shortly after creating the viral sensation.
On Sunday, Vine confirmed his death with a tribute post of its own after the platform's community helped raise funds-via an indiegogo campaign-for treatment and chemotherapy.
McHenry vowed to continue with the meme until Gosling admitted his love for the breakfast food. "The only conclusion I can see out of this whole thing is to have Ryan Gosling respond to this," he told The Verge. "Even if it's just him eating cereal."
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Ryan Gosling eats his cereal in touching tribute to meme creator
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Canadian actor Ryan Gosling poses as he arrives for the screening of the film 'Lost River' at the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: Director Ryan Gosling attends Apple Store Soho Presents Meet The Filmmaker: Ryan Gosling, 'Lost River' at Apple Store Soho on April 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
Russell Crowe, Jack Kilmer and Ryan Gosling are seen on the set of 'The Nice Guys' on January 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by TSM/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 14: Director/writer Ryan Gosling takes part in a Q&A following the 'Lost River' premiere during the 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Topfer Theatre at ZACH on March 14, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SXSW)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 13: Actor/director Ryan Gosling (L) and director Guillermo del Toro partake in 'A Conversation With Ryan Gosling' during 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 13, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SXSW)
THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES 2012 Focus Features film with Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes (Photo via Alamy)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 20: Ryan Gosling along with his dog George visits 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on July 20, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 07: Actors Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling attend 'The Place Beyond The Pines' premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 7, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: (L-R) Actors Reda Kateb, Ryan Gosling, Christina Hendricks and Geoffrey Arend attend the 'Lost River' premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/FilmMagic)
Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (R) is congratulated by actor Ryan Gosling during a photocall after being awarded with the Prix de la Mise en Scene (best director) for his film 'Drive' at the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2011 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT (Photo credit should read ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)