While Ryan was a mouseketeer on the Mickey Mouse club, he became good friends with Justin. They lived together for 6 months during the filming of the show and when Ryan’s mom had to return to Canada for work reasons, Justin’s mom became his guardian.
Ryan got a 2 year contract to do the Mickey Mouse Club. He wasn't featured on the show as much as his co-stars, but he says that the gig helped him get a sense of structure in his life. While the show was cancelled in 1995, Ryan kept making family shows. He appeared on shows like Goosebumps and Are you Afraid of the Dark?
The Mickey Mouse Club is famous for launching careers. Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Keri Russell, along with Gosling and Timberlake, are among the most notable to have started out on the show.