Eva Mendez on her kids: ‘If they want to go in a costume to the market, I let them’

Eva Mendes is somewhat of a paradox to me. She used to get papped constantly when she first started dating Ryan Gosling, but now they have two children and she disappears for months until she has something to promote. She’s has an affordable clothing line with New York & Co. for years that’s available in all sizes and has been quite successful. At an event for the line she told E! that her daughters, Esmeralda, three, and Amada, who turns two next month, are welcome to wear whatever they want. She lets them pick out their own clothes and it sounds like they’re opinionated about it and she’s ok with with that.

When it comes to motherhood, Eva Mendes knows to pick your battles…

One thing that she won’t be stressing over is what her daughters want to wear day after day.

“Thank God there’s no fashion talk. But I let them wear whatever they want,” Eva shared with E! News exclusively while celebrating The Eva Mendes Collection for New York & Company. “They have the right…they want to wear jammies all day or if they want to go in a costume to the market , I let them do that stuff.”

She continued, “I let them win that battle. That’s the easy one. I’m trying to get them to eat broccoli. That’s the one I want to win. They can wear whatever they want.”

[From E! Online]

She also also said that she doesn’t care if their socks match or not. E! has video of the interview and you can see Eva get animated when she talks about her daughters. It’s cute! It’s also adorable whenever you see a kid out in a costume. That usually makes my day. My son didn’t care that much about his clothing when he was little. I would probably have tried to talk him out of wearing a costume, but if he was adamant about it I would have let him. Their childhoods go so quickly that those moments become important.

Also, in the video on E! Eva is wearing a headwrap! We’ve seen her in turbans and headwraps for years. Last year she said that she wears them so she doesn’t have to style her hair. “A turban saves me from washing my hair and from styling it… it’s just an easy way to throw it up and just kind of like try to make it look like I’m kind of put-together.” Now I have to try that, I have so many scarves.

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  1. Sunsetsnow81 says:

    She’s gorgeous! She probably decided that family was more important than being a sex object or relegated to “the girlfriend” roles.

    • Mrs. WelenMelon says:

      The chemistry between her and Will Smith in ” Hitch” was off the charts.

      Make more movies together, you two crazy kids! The new Rock Hudson and Doris Day…

      • Tiffany says:

        I think Eva is a good comedic actress and that could have been her niche as far as acting work goes.

        There was a story years ago when Gosling and McAdams were together that stated that Gosling had a hand in the direction that McAdams career was going and encouraged her to turn down plum parts that would have boosted her career. Instead Mr. Hipster told her it would not be cool the do them and McAdams career was at a inexplicable standstill.

        Now he is with Eva and she just straight up disappeared. You can’t tell me that Eva is not getting no opportunities at all as far as acting work is concerned.

        I am seeing a pattern with ladies linked to Ryan Gosling and this does not look good for the Internet’s Boyfriend.

      • why says:

        at tiffany : McAdams is also a self confessed hipster and anti hollywood, don’t you think there is a chance she turned all those parts down?

      • jwoolman says:

        Tiffany – her kids are very young. She may very well not want to tie herself down to an intensive movie schedule at the moment when she doesn’t have to do so. Movie making, like many other jobs, is not really parent-friendly. It could be, but it just isn’t. When the kids are older, it might be easier.

        But also people’s goals do change over life. It’s not unusual for people to make big shifts in the work they do. Interests change, new opportunities arise. Just because you can do something well doesn’t mean you have to keep doing it.

      • Lea says:

        Tiffany, I don’t know if I buy Gosling being so nefarious. He has openly said Eva doesn’t like it when he talks about her publicly so by that alone, I’m more inclined to believe he’s following Eva’s lead in what she wants (that and he clearly disappears for for Eva’s work to take care of the kids, she isn’t just a housewife). Reading old interviews with her around the time of The Place Beyond the Pines where she was excited to become more of a character actress, to an interview with Liv Tyler after her daughter was born, she seemed to become increasingly and noticeably unhappy with Hollywood and how they treated older, non-white women. She certainly seems way happier now than she did as a working actress.

        But I definitely agree that there’s no way the roles dried up for her. She had been working steadily for a decade and Hollywood LOVES a comeback. You can’t tell me she isn’t still getting scripts tossed her way and she’s just ignoring them.

    • minx says:

      She is just stunning. I can understand why she kept a low profile for awhile, Gosling has some crazy stans.

  2. Zoe says:

    Her body is insane. Gorgeous face too.

  3. Nicole says:

    Her NY & Co line has some good pieces. I have a few as staples. And yes let your kids wear what they want! My parents let me pick my clothes and as long as I was covered I was good. I wore tutus to school that were meant for dance class all the time. Its the same as letting your kids pick the toys they want. They are kids. Let them be

  4. Astrid says:

    I’m OK with kids wearing what they want. It’s not worth the fight. My only rule was that my kids had to wear long sleeve/long pants during the cold season. Other than that, open season for whatever crazy.

    • Anna says:

      My daughter wore costumes all the time during the “princess years”. She was Cinderella, Pocahontas, Belle, Esmeralda etc. My son was batman for a long time. Part of his costume was like an adult sized chest-plate with muscles that covered him. He was 4 . We were walking up Santa Monica Pier and all of the people walking by us were pointing and saying “hey look…it’s batman” My son said to me “mom, and I the real batman?”

  5. psl says:

    Wow, she’s an amazing Mom! I don’t know ANY “regular” parents who let their kids do that!

    Yes, that was sarcasm.

    • Justwastingtime says:

      The reality is that people ask her about her kids.

      And, I know a lot of people who view their children as a reflection on them and force them to wear what they want them to wear.

      So – she is just answering a question not forcing her view on the world – and yes, I do think it’s a positive that she lets her kids wear what they want.

      • psl says:

        Hmmm, interesting how so many people don’t see that when Jen Aniston talks about her hair…….

    • Ehhhh says:

      There are a lot of “regular” parents who don’t do this, though. I know plenty of moms who force their girls in dresses and bows, just for a trip to the store. I think it’s gross, but to each their own, I guess. When my son was that age, he wore his Batman costume everywhere he went, and those same moms were telling me, “I can’t believe you let him go out like that.” The horror! 🙄🙄🙄

  6. Branvoyage says:

    When my son was 4 he had a 3 piece suit he wanted to wear every. Single. Day.

    I usually let him, he was the cutest thing and it got him a lot of attention.

  7. Michelle says:

    Although I pretty much allowed my kids to wear what they wanted to daycare/school, they never chose to wear pajamas or costumes to places other than the house. It is cute to see some small kids out and about with little costumes on. I know it is not worth the battle. My daughter (who is now 17) always loved wearing mix-matched socks and I let her because I think it was because she felt like she was being a rebel, but inside it drove me insane because I am a little OCD about how things should match….she still does it!

    • Janey says:

      Oh! I didn’t know it was such a common thing! My daughter mis-matches her socks on purpose. Her chore is to match up and put away the socks so she deliberately mis-matches them so she has a “set” for when she picks out her outfit for tomorrow. She’s the picky one. My son doesn’t even want to decide what to wear. At. All.

      Yes, I would love to be able to dictate what my daughter wear to create a “cute” outfit but she flat out refuses. So what can I do? As long as their clothes are correct for the occasion and weather then they can choose. Like… if it’s formal for a wedding then yes, please no PJs. If it’s cold out, you must wear a hat.

  8. MerrymerrymonthofMay says:

    Wearing costumes to the store is part of the fun of being a kid!

  9. pia says:

    At Costco a mother wouldn’t let her grade school son buy a red shirt as it is too “girly”. Parents (some of them) can still have 1950s mindsets.

  10. Lexilla says:

    My 3-yr-old insists on choosing her clothes (with mismatched socks) AND doing her own hair. It’s quite a sight to behold. I’m sure I’m judged when we’re out but I don’t care. It’s not hurting anyone and she has those choices all to herself. There are plenty of other choices she doesn’t get to make.

  11. megs283 says:

    Right now my daughter’s favorite shirt has a sparkly witch on it and it says “I left my princess costume at home.” Not really seasonal, but it has long sleeves and she loves it…so I’m happy.

  12. sunshine gold says:

    Did she have ANY say in the clothes? Because they’re awful. Can you ever imagine her wearing any of them outside of the promo shoot?