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Eva Mendes: Children ‘Were the Furthest Thing From My Mind’ … But Then ‘Ryan Gosling Happened’

Change of plans! Eva Mendes didn’t see herself as a mom until she met her longtime love, Ryan Gosling.

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“[Kids were] the furthest thing from my mind,” the actress, 45, said in her May 2019 Women’s Health cover 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.

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Eva Mendes appears in the May issue of Women’s Health magazine. Molly Creeden

“We’re just starting to get out of survival mode,” Mendes said. “I’m starting to feel like a person again.”

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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.”

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When it comes to raising her little ones in the spotlight, the fashion designer finds “the whole fame component … super scary.”

“I don’t let them see me put attention to how I dress,” Mendes said. “They’ve never seen me get ready for something; they’ve never seen me at work. Which is fine, for whoever wants to do it that way, but the way I keep it normal is by not letting them see me in these situations. I’m just Mom. And I’m more than happy to just be Mom.”

Eva Mendes appears in the May issue of Women’s Health magazine.
Eva Mendes appears in the May issue of Women’s Health magazine. Molly Creeden

In November 2018, a source told Us Weekly exclusively that Mendes and the First Man actor are “extremely private.” The insider explained, “You’re not going to see them out on the town or hanging with other celebrities very often. Ryan wants to keep his private life out of the public’s reach … [but he] is completely infatuated with Eva. His main goal is to make her happy.”

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The pair started dating in 2011 after meeting on the set of The Place Beyond the Pines.

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