Eva Mendes said having children was “the furthest thing from my mind” until she met her long-term partner Ryan Gosling.
The Hollywood actress started dating her former co-starr after meeting on the set of 2011 film A Place Beyond The Pines and the two are famously protective of their family life, only confirming their relationship after several years of dating. There are only a handful of pictures of them together throughout their eight year relationship.
Mendes, 45, and Gosling, 38, now have two daughters – Esmeralda, four, and two-year-old Amada.
However, 2 Fast 2 Furious star Mendes told Women’s Health magazine she was not thinking about becoming a mother before she met Gosling.
She said: “It was the furthest thing from my mind. 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. I’m starting to feel like a person again. We have an amazing support group: Ryan’s mom, my mom, Ryan’s and my sisters. It’s a village that helped us.”
She said she is particularly grateful for the support she receives from her inner circle, especially since her mother raised her and her three siblings largely single-handedly.
“My heart goes out to women who do this alone. I basically come from a single-parent household; although I love my dad, my mom mostly raised four of us on her own.”
Mendes’s film career began in the late 1990s with appearances in horror films such as Children of The Corn V: Fields Of Terror and Urban Legends: Final Cut.
She got her big break in 2001’s Training Day and later earned roles in Hitch and Ghost Rider.
And she said that motherhood has taken over her Hollywood career and she hasn’t appeared in an acting role since 2014, focusing instead on being a full-time mother to their two daughters. She has all but shunned her former life and shunned the red carpet during Gosling’s much-lauded performance in La La Land in 2017, even skipping out on the Oscars that year, saying at the time that “she’d rather be with our girls.”
In her Women’s Health interview, she expanded on her feelings, saying: “I felt a lack of ambition if I can be honest. I feel more ambitious in the home right now than I do in the workplace.”
Mendes rarely gives interviews and it’s usually done so in conjunction with her fashion line with New York & Company.
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