The actress said she didn't picture herself as a mother.
She had a career as a leading lady in Hollywood with various successful films under her belt, so she didn't see herself starting a family just yet. "It was the furthest thing from my mind," she told the publication, until one man changed her perception.
Even though motherhood wasn't on her to-do list, meeting Ryan changed everything.
Eva says everything changed the moment the pair met and began dating after starring in 2012's The Place Beyond the Pines. "Ryan Gosling happened," she said. "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."
Eva hasn't taken on any movie roles since 2014's "Lost River," and has focused mostly on her daughters.
She has been hard at work on her Eva Mendes Collection for New York & Company and raising her two girls, so her personal and acting life has taken a bit of a back seat. "We’re just starting to get out of survival mode. I’m starting to feel like a person again," she told Women's Health, adding that she's officially back in the gym three times a week. "I’m envious of women who enjoy working out, because I have the worst attitude about it. My vanity gets me to the gym--and obviously health reasons--but I’m kicking and screaming the whole way through." She is also now sticking to a healthier diet, which consists of salmon, quinoa, scrambled eggs, and coffee with coconut oil in the morning, but also says she gives in to a soda craving once or twice a week. "I’m not squeaky-clean healthy," she says. "I have a sweet tooth, so I can’t keep anything in the house."
Eva said she felt a "lack of ambition" in her career when she became a mom.
"I felt a lack of ambition, if I can be honest. I feel more ambitious in the home right now than I do in the workplace," she revealed, adding how motherhood can be just as fulfilling. "Every day is such a learning experience--they challenge you in so many ways. Like, I’m their mom. I have to rise up, and hopefully, most of the time I do, but sometimes it’s definitely maddening."