Eva Mendes did a Wednesday interview with Wendy Williams, and during their talk, the 41-year-old actress finally explained where she and her longtime boyfriend, Ryan Gosling, got the inspiration to name their daughter Esmeralda. It turns out the unique name was the couple's choice for more than one reason.
"We love The Hunchback of Notre Dame. We loved the name, the cartoon and the novel… it just kind of kept coming back to us," Mendes explained. "It’s actually a very popular Latin name, so it’s easy for my father and certain family members that still don’t speak English to pronounce. That was a good selling point."
Sources close to Mendes and her family recently described little Esmeralda's first birthday party as a close-knit family affair.
"It was a quiet and casual party, not the typical celebrity first birthday blowout with vendors and other celebrity guests," an insider told Us Weekly. "It looked like it was just their simple style and more about family and close friends coming together to celebrate Esmeralda."
Mendes explained in her Wednesday interview how that close-knit family has allowed her to continue working and raise her daughter without a nanny.
"I’ve never appreciated my family so much," she said. "They've been amazing. I don’t technically have a nanny, but I do have help. I’m certainly not anti-nanny, you do what you need to do as a parent, but I’m so grateful that I have help with my family and [Gosling's] family."
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