Lovebirds Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes have a beautiful family! The actors are the proud parents of their two kids — Esmeralda and Amada — and being around them makes the Notebook actor and the Hitch actress feel like they’ve done everything right.
“My two little girls are already these two little self-empowered little women. I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, I need to get out of the way and you guys lead,’” Eva sweetly shared while attending an event in February 2020. “Obviously [I] protect them, but I just want to get out of their way because they’re already these amazing creative beings. I take great inspiration from them.”
The brunette beauty’s children always come first, that’s why she put her acting career on hold in 2014. “As a mother now, there are many roles I won’t do,” she told one of her fans on Instagram in January 2020. “There are many subject matters that I don’t want to be involved with, so it limits my choices and I’m fine with that. I have to set an example for my girls now. But no worry, I got some side hustles.”
Although everything seems good at home, the Training Day actress noted she runs into her fair share of challenges parenting her two kids. Fortunately, she can always count on Ryan — whom she’s been dating since 2011 — for support.
“It’s so hard, of course,” Eva said during an appearance on Access Daily in September 2019. “But it’s like that feeling of … you end your day, you put them to bed and Ryan and I kind of look at each other like, ‘We did it, we did it. We came out relatively unscathed.’”
Not only that, but Eva and Ryan have a great relationship with their family members. If they ever need any extra help with the girls, then they know where to turn.
“Luckily, we have a lot of family support. A lot of family,” the Ghost Rider actress gushed. “My family lives here. His family comes in. They live in Canada, but they come in all the time and stay for a very long time, and it’s very welcomed.”
Because Eva gets so much enjoyment out of her role as a mom, she’s always coming up with new ways to make her daughters smile. The Out of Time actress revealed she’s even willing to let her little ones decorate her “from head to toe” in paint.
“My kids did this to me. Again,” she jokingly captioned a March 2021 selfie, which featured the colorful design on her face. “I guess, when in doubt, be their canvas.”
Ryan revealed in an October 2021 interview with Modern Luxury that the couple are raising their daughters to be bilingual, which has caused him to have to catch up on his Spanish lessons. “It’s more like Spanglish right now, thank God,” he said about their kids, adding, “Once it’s full Spanish, then ay dios mio, coño!”
The hunk also said that his girls have not seen any of his films, including his brilliant musical La La Land. “I’m not in a hurry for them to see any of my movies. Eva did a kids film, though, called My Brother the Pig, that was a big hit with our girls,” Ryan shared, gushing, “I highly recommend it, by the way; she’s amazing in it.”
The Oscar nominee shared some adorable insight on life as a father of two in a January 2022 interview with GQ. “My kids are growing up so fast, I need to keep an eye on the clock in a way I never used to,” he said.
Scroll through the gallery below to meet Eva and Ryan’s two beautiful kids!
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