Eva Mendes Didn’t Want Children Until She Fell in Love with Ryan Gosling

Actress Eva Mendes spoke candidly about starting a family with her husband, Ryan Gosling, in a new interview with Nova 96.9’s Fitzy & Wippa radio show, during which she admitted that she wasn’t keen on becoming a mother until she fell in love.

Asked if she felt ready to start acting again after a six-year hiatus, Mendes said per People, “I am now that [my kids are] getting a bit older, but I really feel like I never want to send the wrong message to young women out there. It’s not an either/or situation.”

She offered her own personal experience as an example. “I was lucky enough to work my bum off for 20 years,” she said. “I never wanted babies before until I fell in love with Ryan, and it kind of worked out to where I was 40 and having my first baby. I think I was 42 for the second one, so it worked out in that way that I had a career and then I change my focus to my family.”

Still, Mendes said that she has been “thinking of definitely going back” to Hollywood. “I feel like it’s time,” she said, adding that “the list is getting shorter and shorter of stuff that I’d do. I don’t want to do anything violent. I don’t want to do something risqué. I think the only thing that’s left is Disney!”

Mendes and Gosling first met on the set of the 2012 film The Place Beyond the Pines. They share two daughters together: Esmeralda Amada, 6, and Amada Lee, 4.

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