Ryan Gosling remembers trying to impress 1st crush

By NICOLE EVATT | July 17, 2011 | 3:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In his new romantic comedy "Crazy, Stupid, Love," Ryan Gosling plays the ultimate ladies' man who can get women into bed faster than it takes him to flash that winning smile and sparkling baby blues.

In real life, the Canadian actor started out as quite a romantic, entering a local air band contest to win the heart of his childhood crush, Melanie.

He says the pair did a duet to "Uptown Girl," which won him a kiss in the end.

The 30-year-old says he "got a lot of heat from it at school. But it was worth it."

Gosling has earned critical acclaim for films including "Half Nelson," ''Lars and The Real Girl" and last year's indie darling "Blue Valentine," which garnered him his second Golden Globe nomination.