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Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling welcomed their first child Esmeralda six weeks ago and Eva has opened up to digital magazine Violet Grey about being a mother and why she wants her daughter to grow up in privacy.
“I’m completely exhausted. I thought my wild nights were over but these are some of the wildest nights I’ve ever had.”
The stunning 40-year-old actress added that she and Ryan decided to keep their baby away from the spotlight.
“Whether we like it or not, privacy is going to be very difficult for Esmeralda. I think it’s unfair but that’s our reality. So Ryan and I decided early on to give her as much privacy as we could. And my pregnancy was the first opportunity to give her that. It’s such an intimate time for the mother, too. I know that it seems all very innocuous when you’re flipping through a tabloid at the doctor’s office or see a photo of a pregnant lady online, but I find the media’s ‘bump watch’ obsession to be both intrusive and stressful. So I made a decision to eject myself from it completely. I was like, ‘Annnnd I’m out.'”
She also revealed how they chose the name for their baby – and it might come as a surprise.
“We both love the Esmeralda character from the Victor Hugo novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame and just think it’s a beautiful name. Her middle is Amada, which was my grandmother’s name. It means ‘beloved’ in Spanish.”