Barbie Fans Speechless After Finding Out That Ken Has A Last Name

Not only are fans thrilled by the excitement of the new Barbie film but they have also been taken aback to discover that Ken actually has a full name - as well as an astrological sign.
Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Not only are fans thrilled by the excitement of the new Barbie film but they have also been taken aback to discover that Ken actually has a full name – as well as an astrological sign.

Barbie enthusiasts are undoubtedly familiar with Ken, the iconic fashion doll introduced as her boyfriend in 1961.

In the hit movie, the talented Ryan Gosling now portrays this fictional character and he is depicted as a lovesick sidekick with chiselled abs.

The film’s straightforward tagline reads: “She’s everything. He’s just Ken.” However, many may not realise that he’s more than just Ken…

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Since the film hit the big screen, Barbie fans have been astonished to discover more about Ken’s backstory.

Fans of the movie have been particularly surprised by the revelation that Ken isn’t his full name. In reality, he has both a middle name and a surname.

Ken owes his creation to Mattel co-founder Ruth Handler, who named him after her son.

In actuality, his full name is Kenneth Seth Carson. Ken was formally designated with the surname Carson in the 1960s Random House books that featured the toys.

But there’s more to learn about him. Ken’s ‘official’ birthday, the day he graced shelves, is March 11, 1961, categorising him as a Pisces.

Ryan Gosling as Ken.
Barbie’s Ken actually has a full name. Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Ken came into existence as a response to numerous letters Mattel received from concerned customers who expressed their dissatisfaction with Barbie being single.

In light of this feedback, Ruth and her husband Elliot, who co-founded Mattel, created the first-ever Ken doll.

He donned a red bathing suit and cork sandals, debuting at a height of 12 inches, just half an inch taller than Barbie.

Additionally, both dolls were intended to hail from the fictional town of Willows, Wisconsin.

Ryan Gosling as Ken.
Barbie has been a blockbuster hit movie. Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Nevertheless, the original Ken spoke out in an interview with Los Angeles Times in 1989 saying that he bore no resemblance to his doll counterpart, as per The Mirror.

He reportedly said: “Ken doll is Malibu. He goes to the beach and surfs. He is all those perfect American things.”

He followed on by revealing that during his upbringing, he had a penchant for playing the piano and enjoyed watching movies with subtitles.

He candidly admitted: “I was a nerd – a real nerd. All the girls thought I was a jerk.”

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Directed by Greta Gerwig, the film stars Margot Robbie as the titular doll while Ryan Gosling plays Ken.

The movie also features an ensemble cast that includes America Ferrera, Simu Liu, Kate McKinnon, Will Ferrell and Michael Cera.

The Barbie movie has turned out to be a phenomenal success, raking in a staggering $155 million during its opening weekend, surpassing all expectations by a significant margin.

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Written by Ryan Wilks

Ryan is a former content editor at IGV who specialises in celebrity and entertainment news. He has a degree in Magazine Journalism and Production from the University of Gloucestershire. He previously worked as a social media editor for Reach PLC’s national brands including Daily Star, Daily Express, OK! and The Mirror.