Ryan Gosling is taking ballet classes.

The 'Drive' actor has enrolled in lessons, but is doing so purely for enjoyment rather than to prepare for a new movie role.

His private instructor Jaclyn Behtan said: "He's not taking it to prepare for a role. He wanted to learn ballet. He said he loved it so much. It's funny because he is such a dude's dude. He'll come in in basketball shorts, grab the bar and go."

Although he is only taking classes for himself, the ballet lessons have paid off for the sporty star with Jaclyn revealing his basketball has improved as a result.

She told National Enquirer magazine: "His turns have improved and he's a really good jumper."

Ryan likes to keep busy and previously claimed if everyone in Hollywood had jobs outside of the acting industry they would be much happier people.

He said: "They have meals. They go to Pilates. But it's not enough. So they do DRUGS. If everybody had a pile of rocks in their backyard and spent every day moving them from one side of the yard to the other, it would be a much happier place."