Shaunna Murphy
Updated February 23, 2017
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We deeply apologize if you’d blocked this out because the memories are just too damn painful, but Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams dated in real life after starring together in The Notebook.

From the blessed era of 2005 to 2007 (and then again, briefly, in 2008), diehard Nicholas Sparks fans were fortunate enough to see “Noah and Allie Calhoun” together IRL, until he moved on with Eva Mendes and she with first Josh Lucas, then Michael Sheen, then Patrick Sambrook, and now her current boyfriend Jamie Linden (get it, girl).

We’re glad that it didn’t work out because both parties seem super, super happy with their current partners (and of course, for the sake of Gosling and Mendes’ two daughters), but we’re also pretty mesmerized by this photo of Gosling straight-up kissing McAdams at the 78th Annual Academy Awards – Science and Technical Awards Ceremony back in 2006.

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This is especially interesting because Gosling has since famously shied away from public displays of red carpet affection — in fact, he’s shied away from carpets with Mendes, period. Despite having dated for six long years, their only red carpet appearance together was for The Place Beyond the Pines — but that only happened because both of them starred in the movie.

Obviously, he was a bit more willing to be affectionate back in 2006.

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Hey man, we all do things we regret in our 20s.

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…Just, y’know, for most of us those “things” never included Ryan Gosling.