Eva Mendes Says Ryan Gosling Made Her Realize She Wanted To Be A Mom

It’s hard to believe that at one point, Eva Mendes didn’t think she wanted to be a mom. But when she met Ryan Gosling, all that changed — now, the two share daughters Esmeralda, 4, and Amada, 2.

The actress recently told Women’s Health that being with Ryan Gosling changed her outlook on parenthood.

“Ryan Gosling happened,” she explained. “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 couple first met on the set of The Place Beyond the Pines in 2011.

“Ryan’s mom, my mom, Ryan’s and my sisters. It’s a village that helped us,” she acknowledged of raising their kids. “My heart goes out to women who do this alone. I basically come from a single-parent household; although I love my dad, my mom mostly raised four of us on her own.”

As far as being a working mom in Hollywood: “What I try to emphasize is that I don’t let them see me put attention to how I dress. 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.”