WATCH: Ryan Gosling Proves He’s Chris Stapleton’s Biggest Fan In Hilarious ‘Saturday Night Live’ Promo

Gosling is seen sporting Stapleton’s merch in the clip.


Lauren Jo Black

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April 10, 2024

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Ryan Gosling, Chris Stapleton; Photo Courtesy SNL, YouTube

Is Ryan Gosling a Chris Stapleton super fan? It appears so! 

Chris Stapleton Is The Musical Guest On SNL This Week

The Academy Award-nominated actor is gearing up to host NBC’s Saturday Night Live for the third time this week, and Stapleton happens to be making his third appearance on the show as a musical guest the same night. 

Ahead of the show, Gosling showcased his love for the country superstar in a hilarious SNL promo. 

In the clip, Gosling is seen wearing a Chris Stapleton “White Horse” t-shirt while holding a photo of the 10-time GRAMMY winner. Preparing to meet Stapleton in his dressing room, Gosling hypes himself up as he tries to come up with the best opening line possible to make a good impression on the Kentucky native. 

Ryan Gosling; Photo by: Rosalind O'Connor/NBC
Ryan Gosling; Photo by: Rosalind O’Connor/NBC

As he shakes off nervous energy, Gosling can be heard saying, “Mr. Stapleton, big fan. Love your music. Nah, that’s stupid.” 

After scraping that idea, he tries another, this time, hoping for a selfie. “Yo. Chris, one for the gram?” 

Gosling finally lands on the line, “Master. Stapleton? ‘Tis I, sir. Gosling.”

“That’s cool,” he quips before opening the door. 

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Then, as he makes his way into the dressing room, Gosling stumbles on Stapleton’s signature cowboy hat. At first, he resists touching the hate, but eventually, temptation takes over and Gosling picks up the hat and puts it on top of his head. Just then, Stapleton’s “White Horse” begins to play as the screen fades into black. 

Fans can tune in to see Ryan Gosling and Chris Stapleton on Saturday Night Live this Saturday, April 13 on NBC at 11:30 ET / 8:30 PT. The show is also available to stream live on Peacock. 

Appearance Follows ACM Awards Nominations

Stapleton’s third SNL appearance comes on the heels of the nominations announcement for the 59th Academy of Country Music Awards. The reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year was one of the top nominees, raking in a total of five nods.

Chris Stapleton at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 11, 2023 in Frisco, Texas; Photo by Gilbert Flores for PMC
Chris Stapleton at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 11, 2023 in Frisco, Texas; Photo by Gilbert Flores for PMC

This year, he is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for Higher (as both the artist and co-producer), and Artist-Songwriter of the Year. This marks his ninth consecutive nomination for Male Artist of the Year, an award he’s won three times throughout his career so far. 

Earlier this year, Stapleton took home two GRAMMYs, bringing his career total to 10.  

Stapleton is currently in the midst of his extensive All-American Road Show, bringing his electrifying headlining show to venues across the globe. Soon, he will headline the Hollywood Bowls for two nights, Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena for two nights, and also bring the show across the pond to the U.K., Ireland, and more. 

This summer, he will reunite with the legendary George Strait for several stadium concerts around the country.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.