During a Friday appearance on Today, new mom Eva Mendes dished on family life with her beau, The Notebook star Ryan Gosling, and their 1-year-old daughter Esmeralda.
“I love being an example to somebody,” Mendes gushed of motherhood.
As it turns out, her daughter has become an inspiration when it comes to career choices.
“All I have to do is think about my daughter, I see her face and I know the answer immediately,” she said of taking on any new project. “She’s like my moral compass in a way, it’s just beautiful to be an example for her.”
The interview marked only the third time she’s been away from her baby girl. According to the Hitch star, 41, the baby is home with “Papa and the family.”
“Thank God I have my entire family 10 minutes away,” she said of her supportive family.
Both fiercely private, Mendes and Gosling refuse to release a photo of their firstborn child. When asked if Gosling does diaper duty, she replied, “That’s a given these days, I don’t think that’s a plus.”
As for her Cuban heritage, the Lost River actress says she is proud of her background.
“We are first generation American and we didn’t have much growing up,” she shared. “My mother is incredible — she was always making sure I knew I was an American and that that is a privilege.”
Newlyweds Jennie Garth and Dave Abrams were spotted with her daughter Fiona, 9, in Los Angeles, Calif. on Wednesday (October 7).
Garth and Abrams – who were wed in July of this year – stepped out for lunch with the actress’ youngest daughter.
Garth recently opened up about the overnight success of playing Kelly Taylor in the popular teen series Beverly Hills, 90210, which premiered in 1990.
“I was so young and green, I didn’t even know what a major project was or what it meant to be signing on for something like this and the possible impact it would have on my life,” she told ABC News. “I don’t think you have that mental capacity to think about the possible outcome at that age, so I was just thrilled to be doing something that seemed fun.”
She added: “Everything that I had known before [was] replaced by my new life: working very extensive hours, managing having a house of my own and all that goes with that, dealing with money and all the complications of having it. I was thrown into a grown-up world that I really wasn’t equipped to handle quite yet. On the other hand, I was ‘living the dream,’ so how could I complain? [But] people looked at me differently, even some family members. People treated me differently. It was a head trip for sure. I honestly just didn’t know what was happening, or have any idea of changing the course.”
Now a mother of three daughters (including Luca, 18, and Lola, 13, whom she co-parents with ex-husband Peter Facinelli), she’s letting them watch the show.
“My middle daughter, Lola, has been watching the series in order lately [and] it is fun to see her take on things,” Garth said. “She loves all the dramatic eye rolling!”