Many stars choose unique and esoteric names for their children that may carry some significance to the mother and father but cause onlookers to scratch their heads. Mendes and Gosling didn't go quite so far when they named their first daughter. Though they chose something with a special significance to them, the name also happened to be a classic and beautiful one. When asked why they chose Esmeralda for the name of their first child, Mendes explained to interviewers that the choice was actually a literary reference that was important to both Mendes and Gosling.
The actress said this is a common thing in Latin culture, and that she and Gosling simply loved the name Amada so much that they used it again. Many were curious to see how the talented actor would use his artistic skills to crafting a film of his very own.
Gosling has said that Mendes was highly involved in the production of Lost River, even down to the smallest of details, such as helping the costume designer choose clothes and put together possible outfits for the movie. But she was very helpful in so many ways. Fans of the Cuban actress wondered what her experience was like working with Gosling as a director as opposed to a fellow co-star, like they had been previously on The Place Beyond the Pines.
It might come as no surprise that Mendes had only good things to say. In fact, she only had the highest of praises for Gosling. He might not know why the internet created those memes, but Gosling has been a vocal feminist from the beginning of his career. The actor has always emphasized his respect for women, and he has said that his childhood growing up with his single mother and sisters showed him how resilient and strong women are. With the birth of his two daughters, Gosling has only grown more supportive of feminism.
They are stronger, more evolved. However, before the show was on network television, it was first a series of online sketches from the site Funny or Die. Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling starred as a married couple with children in the amusing five-minute sketch along with Jim Carrey, who played Santa Claus. But Mendes and Gosling were not public with their relationship at this point in time, and the fact that they volunteered to act together again after The Place Beyond the Pines in such a small comedy project hinted at the fact that the two were closer than many knew.
For Mendes, this used to be one of the big highlights of her career. And according to Mendes, so have her priorities. In an interview with Shape that year, Eva Mendes revealed that while she was enormously proud of Gosling, she was also grateful at the opportunity to stay at home.
She said many people suspect that she loves going on the red carpet, but her preferences are actually the opposite. The Place Beyond the Pines, however, was the first instance that they had worked professionally together.
Despite the fact that the two had been friends, Mendes revealed that still had some anxieties going into the first day of shooting with Gosling. In interviews today, he not only gushes about how amazing life is with his daughters, but how grateful he is to have a partner like Mendes by his side throughout the process as well.
In an interview with GQ, Gosling described how all of the things people told him to expect with having children came true. I'm dreaming it all. He ended his discussion on his current family lifestyle with a short by sweet summary that shows exactly how grateful he is of Eva Mendes, Esmeralda, and Amada. With his speech accepting the award, Gosling took the opportunity to thank Mendes through a veiled reference.
In one interview, Gosling confirmed that Mendes was the only one truly for him. When interviewers pressed Ryan to name some qualities he looks for when dating women, Gosling gave a simple yet amusingly specific answer. People Magazine spotted the A-list couple shopping for houses outside of Los Angeles this past April. Though the couple are typically secretive about big lifestyle changes and news such as this, Gosling and Mendes don't seem to mind going out in public for house shopping and letting the whole world know that they're ready for a big move.
Mendes and Gosling brought along both Esmeralda and Amada for the trip so the daughters could see their potential home.
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