As one of Hollywood’s most private couples, Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes like to remain low-key. It’s rare for them to talk about their personal lives together, and that includes their two daughters Esmeralda, 4, and Amada Gosling, 3.
The pair sparked dating rumors in 2011 when they worked on the film The Place Beyond the Pines. However, until this day, they have never confirmed or denied whether or not they were a couple then. Instead, they’ve only stated they were friends before working on the movie together.
It wasn’t long until it became obvious they were an item, though. In September 2014, the Notebook star, 38, and the Hitch actress, 45, welcomed their first child together — Esmeralda, which means Emerald in Spanish. Less than two years later, they had their second daughter, Amada, which translates to “loved.”
Before Ryan came into the picture, Eva didn’t really plan on having kids, and of course that all changed thanks to him. “It was the furthest thing from my mind,” she told Women’s Health in April about becoming a mom. “Ryan Gosling happened,” she continued, “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.”
These two go hand-in-hand. In a 2015 interview with People, Ryan gushed about his life as a dad. “It sounds so cliché, but I never knew that life could be this fun and this great,” he said at the time. “It’s heaven. It’s like walking through a field of flowers every day. I live with angels.”
The following year, after welcoming his second child with the Cuban-American beauty, the La La Land actor told Ellen DeGeneres he and Esmeralda bond over going “to the park and playing with chalk.” He then told a hilarious story about a little boy writing his own name over his daughter’s and how he hopes to get even. “You gotta be careful when you’re trying to teach your kid what a reasonable amount of vengeance is,” he joked. It looks like Ryan has this parenting thing figured out!