Eva Mendes went from actress to full-time mom in her 40s. She happily embraces the trade, feeling “so lucky” in the life she created with “Barbie” actor Ryan Gosling.

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Eva Mendes Launches Estee Lauder New Dimension Skincare At Nordstrom Aventura at Nordstrom Aventura Mall on July 25, 2015, in Aventura, Florida | Source: Getty Images

Eva Mendes Launches Estee Lauder New Dimension Skincare At Nordstrom Aventura at Nordstrom Aventura Mall on July 25, 2015, in Aventura, Florida | Source: Getty Images

When Eva Mendes met Ryan Gosling, she knew she wanted to create life with him. For the first time, Mendes wanted to become a mom.

Eva Mendes takes part in a Q&A following the "Lost River" premiere during the 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Topfer Theatre at ZACH on March 14, 2015, in Austin, Texas | Source: Getty Images

Eva Mendes takes part in a Q&A following the “Lost River” premiere during the 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Topfer Theatre at ZACH on March 14, 2015, in Austin, Texas | Source: Getty Images

In the years since they met “way before” 2012’s “The Place Beyond the Pines,” the couple settled into a privately kept relationship that includes their children. Mendes had since also traded one creative vocation for another.

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Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes seen at Tao Restaurant for SNL after party on September 30, 2017, in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes seen at Tao Restaurant for SNL after party on September 30, 2017, in New York City | Source: Getty Images

During an interview, she elaborated on the decision to give up acting in favor of being a full-time mom.

Eve Mendes attends 'The Other Guys' Premiere at the Vue Cinema, Leicester Square on September 14, 2010, in London | Source: Getty Images

Eve Mendes attends ‘The Other Guys’ Premiere at the Vue Cinema, Leicester Square on September 14, 2010, in London | Source: Getty Images

“I never experienced anything like that. The way he worked, his commitment to his craft. How he wants to make everything the best it can be, and that means making his co-stars the best they can be, but unfortunately, or fortunately, there is only one Ryan, so I pretty much stopped acting after that,” she said.

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Eva Mendes attends Eva Mendes for New York & Company Fall Holiday 2018 Fashion Show at The Palace Theatre on September 13, 2018, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Eva Mendes attends Eva Mendes for New York & Company Fall Holiday 2018 Fashion Show at The Palace Theatre on September 13, 2018, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

It felt natural for Eva Mendes to then become a full-time mother of their two daughters, Esmeralda and Amada.

Eva Mendes attends Create & Cultivate Los Angeles at Rolling Greens Los Angeles on February 22, 2020, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Eva Mendes attends Create & Cultivate Los Angeles at Rolling Greens Los Angeles on February 22, 2020, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

“It was like a no-brainer. I’m so lucky, and I was like, if I could have this time with my children. And I still work, I just didn’t act, because acting; takes you on location, it takes you away,” Mendes explained.

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Motherhood, Mendes said, is the “most creative thing” she’s ever done. “I’m an actress, I’ve designed clothes, I’ve done a number of different things. But this is the most creative thing, to create life with them.”

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Eva Mendes attends the "La dolce vita" world restoration premiere during The 5th International Rome Film Festival at Auditorium Parco Della Musica on October 30, 2010, in Rome, Italy | Source: Getty Images

Eva Mendes attends the “La dolce vita” world restoration premiere during The 5th International Rome Film Festival at Auditorium Parco Della Musica on October 30, 2010, in Rome, Italy | Source: Getty Images

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She told the fan that the two don’t do those things together when the fan said she was hoping to see Mendes beside Gosling during the awards season after the release of “Barbie.” Mendes added that she was only comfortable sharing photos that were already out there.

Eva Mendes is seen celebrating the New York & Company store opening at Dadeland Mall in Miami on March 16, 2017, in Miami, Florida | Source: Getty Images

Eva Mendes is seen celebrating the New York & Company store opening at Dadeland Mall in Miami on March 16, 2017, in Miami, Florida | Source: Getty Images

The mother of two again revealed a bit more of her life in response to another fan, who asked her to tell Ryan Gosling to take her out more, but the actress responded that she’d rather be home with her man than anyone else in the world.

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However, Gosling’s road to parenthood followed a path similar to Mendes’s. It was only after they met each other that thoughts of bringing a child into this world began.

Ryan Gosling arrives at the 39th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival: 16th Annual Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence In Film Honoring Ryan Gosling at Ritz-Carlton Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California on January 13, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

Ryan Gosling arrives at the 39th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival: 16th Annual Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence In Film Honoring Ryan Gosling at Ritz-Carlton Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California on January 13, 2024. | Source: Getty Images

When Gosling was asked whether he had seen a future with kids, he admitted that he hadn’t considered kids before he met Mendes. However, when they crossed paths, he knew he just didn’t want to have children without her.

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As Gosling and the actress acted as family on screen, the actor realized he didn’t want to play pretend anymore, and he’d be lucky to create a family with Mendes.

Eva Mendes attends the Eva Mendes For New York & Company Spring Launch at the Los Cerritos Center in Cerritos, California, on March 19, 2014. | Source: Getty Images

Eva Mendes attends the Eva Mendes For New York & Company Spring Launch at the Los Cerritos Center in Cerritos, California, on March 19, 2014. | Source: Getty Images

After Gosling welcomed his second child, he started appearing in fewer movies, and for four years, he wasn’t featured in anything. He explained that he wanted to spend as much time as possible with his kids, so he took a break from Hollywood.

Ryan Gosling smiles as he arrives for the screening of the film "Lost River" at the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 20, 2014. | Source: Getty Images

Ryan Gosling smiles as he arrives for the screening of the film “Lost River” at the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 20, 2014. | Source: Getty Images

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The movie star also said he and Mendes didn’t have a nanny, as they did everything by themselves. So, Gosling tried only to do one or two movies per year because he had to bring his family from their quiet town in the southern half of California to the location of each movie he shot. However, most of the time, they stayed at home with visiting relatives.

Having found a dynamic that works for them, Mendes and Gosling keep true to their values and spend time on, and with the things that bring them joy.

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