Eva Mendes made a rare public appearance last night to promote the extension of her New York & Co clothing line. At the launch of her plus-size collection, Mendes caught up with People Chica and opened up about her quiet life.
Mendes revealed, she and beau Ryan Gosling, who share two daughters, Esmeralda, 3, and Amada, 1, are raising their little ones in a Cuban household.
“Esmeralda mostly speaks Spanglish right now. It’s really cute,” Mendes explained. “She’s definitely bilingual, and it’s really important for us to make sure that she’s not only just familiar with the language, but also with the culture.”
The actress said her parents help a lot with bringing their Cuban flair into the home, “My mom, who lives 15 minutes away, makes it easy because she speaks to the girls in Spanish and cooks them Cuban food. And we’re always listening to Cuban music. It really is a big part of our way of life. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
She added that her father’s influence on her daughters really helps them hone their Cuban roots: “My dad, who had been here for 45 years and still doesn’t speak English, is a real asset. It’s so cool because now that I’m trying to make sure that my girls speak Spanish, it’s like, ‘Ok, Dad, take them,’ because I know that all they’re going to speak with him is Spanish.”
Getting into fashion, Mendes, 43, revealed her Cuban culture inspired her to start a plus-size line, “Being Cuban and being raised in a very typical Cuban household influences everything I do. My mom and two sisters – us 4 girls – have completely different body types, and I love that about Latin culture. Under this beautiful umbrella of being Latin, are many shapes, colours and sizes.”
The new collection form Mendes is available now.