Eva Mendes Opens Up About Motherhood
Most of the time we have access to our favorite celebs. We know what they’re eating, where they’re going for the day, all about their kids and family, and how many houses they own and much of the info we get they give willingly through social media and interviews. But, there are a handful of celebs that are purposely secretive and keep to themselves as much as possible and Eva Mendes is definitely one of them.
Her love life with actor Ryan Gosling and both pregnancies were kept mostly out of the public eye. Ryan and Eva are raising their two girls, Esmeralda Amada and Amada Lee, and when she’s not doing that, she is a busy entrepreneur. Her beauty company CIRCA carries luxury products that are available nationwide and she has teamed up with New York & Company for a chic clothing line for women with of all sizes.
Born in Miami, the beautiful 42-year-old Cuban actress has come along way. From her first breakthrough role playing Denzel Washington’s wife in “Training Day” to more recent movies like “Hitch” and “The Women,” her career is definitely thriving.
In an interview with Latina Mag she talked about her perseverance and determination to make it. “I didn’t think acting could be a profession you could make a career out of,” Eva remembers. “I grew up, what, 20 minutes outside of Hollywood? It seemed like a foreign land. But when I saw the door open, when I saw the crack, slightly ajar, I kicked it open.”
Check out a few things she said about motherhood with Latina.com…
Your birthday entry in the book characterizes you as logical, emotionally objective, and also passionate. That certainly comes out in your films, but what about as a mom?
“Well, I have two girls. That’s a lot. It’s early for me to make any big statement about having children. My older little girl is not yet 2 years old. My little one is still an infant, and right now it’s really about surviving those nights and trying to enjoy this time as much as possible with them, and start the bond between Esmeralda and Amada. It’s a really, really special time. I’m loving it.”
You’re staying home with your girls now. How long do you see yourself taking a break?
“I’m not sure, but it would definitely take something really special. I don’t like saying “take me away,” but essentially that’s what work does. I think it can be very, very healthy if it’s something that feels worthwhile. Right now I feel very fortunate to be home with my kids. I feel so lucky, and I’m just taking advantage of that.”
Is there a reason you named both of your girls Amada?
“My grandmother’s name is Amada, and Esmeralda Amada is the name of our oldest. We had a few names picked out for our new baby, and when she was born, we didn’t feel like those names were her. We came up with a few more, even that morning, and tried them out. We were like, “What about Viviana?” But we just kept going back to Amada. In true Latin fashion, we reuse names all the time. I used to know five sisters that were all Maria del Carmen, Maria Elena, Maria Liliana…. [Laughs]”