Eva Mendes opened up about having children with Ryan Gosling.
In her May 2019 Women’s Health cover story, Mendes revealed that she did not see herself having kids until she met her longtime love. The two now share Esmeralda, 4, and Amada, 2, together.
[Kids were] the furthest thing from my mind,” the actress explained. “Ryan Gosling happened. I mean, falling in love with him. Then it made sense for me to have … not kids, but his kids. It was very specific to him.”
“We’re just starting to get out of survival mode,” Mendes said. “I’m starting to feel like a person again.”
She added, “Every day is such a learning experience — they challenge you in so many ways. Like, I’m their mom. I have to rise up, and hopefully, most of the time I do, but sometimes it’s definitely maddening.”
“It’s definitely a concern,” she said of fame. “Not only are we in the industry, but the whole fame component is super scary when you try to raise your kids.”
“I don’t let them see me put attention to how I dress,” Mendes said. “They’ve never seen me get ready for something; they’ve never seen me at work. Which is fine, for whoever wants to do it that way, but the way I keep it normal is by not letting them see me in these situations. I’m just Mom. And I’m more than happy to just be Mom.”