Eva Mendes didn’t see herself as a mom until she met her longtime love, Ryan Gosling.
“[Kids were] the furthest thing from my mind,” the actress, 45, said in her May 2019 Women’s Healthcover story. Then, “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.”
The model and the actor, 38, now share Esmeralda, 4, and Amada, 2.
“We’re just starting to get out of survival mode,” Mendes said. “I’m starting to feel like a person again.”
She added: “Every day is such a learning experience — they challenge you in so many ways. Like, I’m their mom. I have to rise up, and hopefully, most of the time I do, but sometimes it’s definitely maddening.”