Social media prompts Ryan Gosling to drop into Toronto coffee shop

Ryan Gosling with Joelle Murray at Grinder Coffee in TorontoWhen Ryan Gosling dropped into a coffee shop in the east end of Toronto, it was the result of an internet campaign by Grinder Coffee.

Last year, they campaigned to get actor Idris Elba to visit, to no avail. This year, they set their sights on Canadian Ryan Gosling -- and it worked. Ryan is in town to promote his movie First Man at the Toronto International Film Festival. In it he plays astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first American to walk on the moon.

Grinder Coffee has been posting for nine days in an effort to get Ryan to stop in and on Tuesday, store owner Joelle Murray posted a photo of Ryan hugging her, with the caption: "And this happened... it worked. Our #ryanneedsgrinder campaign actually worked. The man himself Ryan Gosling showed up at Grinder and had a coffee with us. What a good sport (you can only imagine what Joelle actually said) thanks for everyones support. A big thanks to Ryan for taking the time out of #tiff to visit Leslieville. What a gracious well brought up Canadian boy. Take that Idris Elba your loss!!!!"

Murray told CTV News: "Ryan Gosling actually walked into our shop, so it’s been quite an exciting day. He was just here for a few minutes. He came in (and) I pounced upon him. He actually (saw) all the posts and thought they were quite funny.”

She found out from Ryan that it was his mother, who was his date to the First Man premiere on Monday, who noticed the campaign and talked her son into the visit.

Murray said, “She has free coffee for life at Grinder whenever she wants."

Murray says her next celebrity target is Irish actor Chris O’Dowd, who's famous for his hilarious roles in the comedies Bridesmaids and Juliet, Naked. "I absolutely adore him," she said. “I would love Chris O’Dowd to come see me anytime he wants to have a coffee. I think he’d actually more want to have a pint.” ~Alexandra Heilbron


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