You may recall men and women wailing in the streets and tearing their clothes when perennially hot actors Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling married and decided to breed with each other. The envious weeping of the public at large has died down some over the past few years, as Mendes and Gosling are notoriously private about their family life, so it’s not like they’re rubbing it in our faces every day (thanks, guys).
The couple now has two daughters: Esmeralda, 3-1/2, and Amada, who will turn 2 this May according to Us Weekly.
Recently, Mendes chatted a little bit with E! Online about motherhood — and she was so relatable as a mama, we had to laugh.
Mendes was promoting her new fashion line — The Eva Mendes Collection for New York & Company — when the E! Online reporter asked what her kids like to wear. “Thank God there’s no fashion talk. But I let them wear whatever they want,” she replied. “They have the right… They want to wear jammies all day or if they want to go in a costume to the market, I let them do that stuff. I let them win that battle. That’s the easy one. I’m trying to get them to eat broccoli. That’s the one I want to win. They can wear whatever they want.
Go, Eva! She also spoke a while back with Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show about Esmeralda and the way she describes being completely exhausted — and loving it — is super-sweet.
“I’m so incredibly tired. I thought I was tired before at times, you know, but no. Nothing like this, but I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Mendes told Ellen.
There are no pics of Esmeralda or Amada on either Mendes’ or Gosling’s social media. Like, none. (Not even the sneaky profile of a swaddled baby in a shadowy room thing. This Hollywood couple is all about their daughters’ privacy. “Whether we like it or not, privacy is going to be very difficult for Esmeralda. I think it’s unfair but that’s our reality,” Mendes said to Violet Grey prior to Amada’s arrival. “So Ryan and I decided early on to give her as much privacy as we could. And my pregnancy was the first opportunity to give her that.”
Mendes continued, “It’s such an intimate time for the mother, too. I know that it seems all very innocuous when you’re flipping through a tabloid at the doctor’s office or see a photo of a pregnant lady online, but I find the media’s ‘bump watch’ obsession to be both intrusive and stressful. So I made a decision to eject myself from it completely. I was like, ‘Annnnd I’m out.'”
Sounds like Mendes and Gosling know exactly what they’re doing as parents. Esmeralda and Amada might have a shot at a kind-of, sort-of normal Hollywood upbringing after all. Don’t expect any playdates with the Kardashian-Jenner crowd, kids.