Eva Mendes Admits She 'Never Wanted Babies' Until Falling In Love With Ryan Gosling

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Eva Mendes didn’t mind shifting her life after having kids. The actress admitted during a new interview with Nova 96.9’s Fitzy & Wippa that she “never wanted babies” until she fell in love with Ryan Gosling. The private couple are parents to daughters Esmeralda Amada, 6, and Amada Lee, 4.

Mendes began by explaining that she would “never want to send the wrong message to young women” about putting one’s career on hold, adding that it’s “not an either-or situation.”

“I was lucky enough to work my bum off for 20 years,” Mendes continued. “I never wanted babies before until I fell in love with Ryan, and it kind of worked out to where I was 40 and having my first baby. I think I was 42 for the second one, so it worked out in that way that I had a career and then I changed my focus to my family.”

Mendes — whose last project was 2014’s Lost River, directed by Gosling — said that she’s “thinking of definitely going back” to acting, now that her daughters are getting older. However, she has a new outlook on the roles that she will take.