Eva Mendes is finally opening up about her relationship with Ryan Gosling and the two daughters they share. The intensely private actress was at a mall in Cerritos, CA, to promote her new collection for New York & Co., and talked to People about raising her kids.
Because Eva is Cuban, she revealed that 3-year-old Esmeralda speaks mostly Spanglish and says that her Cuban heritage is a huge part of her household.
“Being Cuban and being raised in a very typical Cuban household influences everything I do. My mom and two sisters — us 4 girls — all have completely different body types, and I love that about Latin culture. Under this beautiful umbrella of being Latin, are many shapes, colors, and sizes. I grew up with everyone looking so incredibly different from one another. It’s part of my heritage and culture to embrace all different kinds of body types,” Eva says, adding that she’s planning to take a trip to Cuba soon.
Her kids are also heavily influenced by mom’s background.
“Esmeralda mostly speaks Spanglish right now. It’s really cute. She’s definitely bilingual, and it’s really important for us to make sure that she’s not only just familiar with the language, but also with the culture. My mom, who lives 15 minutes away, makes it is easy because she speaks to the girls in Spanish and cooks them Cuban food. And we’re always listening to Cuban music. It really is a big part of our way of life. I wouldn’t have it any other way. My dad, who has been here for 45 years and still doesn’t speak English, is a real asset. It’s so cool because now that I’m trying to make sure that my girls speak Spanish, it’s like, ‘Ok, Dad, take them,’ because I know that all they’re going to speak with him is Spanish,” she says.
The actress rarely speaks about her family, the last time Eva, 43, and Ryan, 36, were spotted together was doing an outing to a park with the kids The two met while working on The Place Beyond The Pines together in 2011 and have been together since.
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