Eva Mendes might have hidden her entire pregnancy from the prying eyes of the press, but she has finally decided to speak out about her new baby girl on her own terms.
In an interview with the web magazine Violet Grey, Mendes explained the origins of her baby's name, Esmeralda Amada, and said that she was getting down to all of the nitty gritty of motherhood without the help of a nanny thanks to the help of some seriously doting grandmothers. The 40-year-old actress expained
I’m doing it without a nanny for now but I’m open to the idea of having a nanny in the future. Esmeralda has two amazing grandmothers and incredible aunties who come over and really help me. But as far as a nanny or a night nurse, for me that part of being a mother at this early stage is the struggle of not being able to sleep and not knowing what I’m doing and really going through it with her and battling out those nights
Predictably, the babies name comes from exactly where we all thought it did to begin with...Except Eva claims the Victor Hugo novel and not the popular Disney movie was the catalyst for the Hunchback of Notre Dame inspired name. Mendes told interviewers that:
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
Alas, there were no revelations about how Gosling is the most perfect lullaby singing, nappy changing, baby grow wresting father in the universe, but we will have to take what we can get with this notoriously secretive couple.
Mendes also spoke out about her thoughts on the notorious 'bump watch' and why she chose to totally retreat from the public eye during her pregnancy. She explained that:
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.’
Judging from Mende's words about respecting the privacy of her child, I doubt we will see any pictures of baby Gosling any time soon, but I'm confident she must be the most beautiful baby in Hollywood!