Eva Mendes reveals that she did not want children until she met Ryan Gosling in an interview with Women’s Health Magazine. The couple has two children.
The 45-year-old actress has been extremely private about her personal life, along with her husband Ryan Gosling. However, in an interview with Women’s Health Magazine Mendes revealed that she did not want children before meeting Gosling. “It was the furthest thing from my mind,” she started.
She continued further saying, “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.”
“I felt a lack of ambition, if I can be honest,” Mendes said about taking a break from Hollywood and focusing more on her children. “I feel more ambitious in the home right now than I do in the workplace.”
The couple has two daughters, 4-year-old Esmeralda, and 2-year-old Amada. “We’re just starting to get out of survival mode. I’m starting to feel like a person again,” said the New York & Company designer.
She admitted that it is a hard life saying, “I’m envious of women who enjoy working out because I have the worst attitude about it. My vanity gets me to the gym—and obviously health reasons—but I’m kicking and screaming the whole way through.”
Mendes also talked about her family and the importance of parenthood. “We didn’t have much growing up. My mother would say, ‘As little as we have, there are so many people who have less.’ She made me appreciate that from an early age.”
“I basically come from a single-parent household; although I love my dad, my mom mostly raised four of us on her own…She was the mom in Cuba who had to walk however many miles to fetch water from the well,” the Ghost Rider actress continued. “That was her reality for a while, so the level of respect and appreciation I have for her now is incredible.”
The La La Land actor Ryan Gosling dedicated his Golden Globe to “lady” and Mendes said, “It was like a dream. But really, what I heard was that he said my brother’s name. It was the most beautiful gesture, and I had no idea Ryan was going to say it. Losing my brother was incredibly difficult.”
The couple has been together since 2011.