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Eva Mendes Didn't Want Kids Until She Met Ryan Gosling

The notoriously private star opened up about motherhood and her relationship with Ryan Gosling.

Despite the fact that they've been together for around seven years, Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling have made a point to keep their private life as just that.

First meeting on the set of The Place Beyond the Pines, the (super hot) pair quietly began dating while filming the flick in which they play a turbulent couple that share a young son.

Now, fast forward to the present day, and the pair now share two daughters of their own -- Esmerelda, 4, and Amada, 2, though Mendes revealed in the latest issue of Women's Health that having children was “the furthest thing from [her] mind”.

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So what happened?

"Ryan Gosling happened,” she told the publication. “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.”

She continued that since becoming a mum, she's taken a step back from Hollywood to focus on her girls, as well as other projects.

"I felt a lack of ambition if I can be honest," the 45-year-old said. "I feel more ambitious in the home right now than I do in the workplace."

With both her and Gosling working hard on various projects, Mendes added that she simply couldn't do it if it weren't for her support system: her and Ryan's family.

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“We have an amazing support group: Ryan’s mum, my mum, Ryan’s and my sisters. It’s a village that helped us. My heart goes out to women who do this alone. I basically come from a single-parent household; although I love my dad, my mum mostly raised four of us on her own.”

“[My mum] was the mum in Cuba who had to walk however many miles to fetch water from the well,” she explained. “That was her reality for a while, so the level of respect and appreciation I have for her now is incredible.”

Mendes added that it's important to her that when it comes to her children, she's adamant that her girls don't see her as "Hollywood" Eva, but simply as their mother.

"It's definitely a concern," she shares. "Not only are we in the industry, but the whole fame component is super scary when you try to raise your kids... The way I keep it normal is by not letting them see me in these situations. I'm just Mum."

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