Ryan Gosling Shares Playground Tips with Daughter Esmeralda, Teases First Photo of Newborn Amada

05/13/2016 at 01:50 AM ET

Ryan Gosling says being a dad of two girls is “heaven” but he’s also teaching them the meaning of “vengeance.”

The father of two opened up about his daughters Esmeralda, 20-month, and newborn Amada Lee during Friday’s appearance on Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime show, even teasing fans with the first photo of the 2-week-old. (Unfortunately, it was a Photoshopped image of a baby with Ellen’s head)

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Ryan Gosling Shares Playground Tips with Daughter Esmeralda, Teases First Photo of Newborn Amanda

Gosling, 35, did however share an anecdote about playground rules he’s been passing down to his eldest child. “When I was a younger man I had a fantasy of getting into the graffiti world. I was living downtown, and I heard that if you tag over someone else’s that that’s how you start a battle. So I did this for a few months and no one ever bothered to battle with me because I was so bad at it,” the Nice Guys star explained before setting up the story about Esmeralda, whom he adoringly calls Essy. 

Some kid has been erasing her name and writing their name over it. So now I’m in a proper tagging battle. And this kid has access to an unfair amount of chalk,” Gosling continued, adding, “I’m trying to explain to my little girl that this is [unacceptable]. She doesn’t care. She’s like, ‘Well let’s just chalk anywhere else,’ and I’m like, ‘No, no. They’re disrespecting your mother. Because, she gave you this name and they’re erasing it.'”


While keeping respect to his longtime love and the mother of his children Eva Mendes, Gosling does not go down without a fight.

“So the only way to really get back at them is to erase their name. And not disrespect their mother, but definitely put her on notice. Because I think she’s the chalk supplier,” he said. “You’ve got to be careful when you’re trying to teach your kid what a reasonable amount of vengeance is.”


Gosling and Mendes welcomed daughter Amada Lee on April 29. The birth comes less than a month after PEOPLE confirmed Mendes was pregnant.

“It’s like walking through a field of flowers every day. I live with angels. It’s a ray of sunshine,” Gosling sarcastically quipped about being in a household of females.

— Karen Mizoguchi

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Julieta on

What did Eva do to deserve this man? 😀

Guest4419 on

I’m amazed at how well this couple manages to maintain their privacy. Just goes to show that being a celebrity doesn’t automatically mean your life has to be a media circus. Congrats for the new baby! 🙂

Mrs. B on

I like Eva, but I never understood what people saw that is so great about him. Anyway, congratulations to them both on the birth of their baby girl.

Agnes on

That photo most likely is not of the 2-week old as they can´t hold up their head like that yet…

Voz on

Congratulations on their baby girl.

Kateh on

I love how they separate their public and private lives. They have a lot of class.

Guest on

He’s going to ruin these kids. They’re going to be the kids that will bully ours. this is how is starts, trust me, i’ve seen it in my own SIL and the way she parented HERS.

Guest on

Eva looks so old. And what were they thinking with these ridiculous names. And by the way Ryan & Eva nobody really cares what your kids look like.

Kristen on

How has he managed to take this child to a public place without being noticed? I assumed they just didn’t go anywhere ever because surely someone would have spotted them. I can’t help but wonder how they have pulled off the secrecy.

elaria on

if i was Eva i would be on my 10th child by now.

Stacey McRae on

Either show the kids or don’t, but stop pretending to show them. What a stupid game.

Col on

Is the newborn’s name Amada or Amanda. Does anyone proof read anymore?

Andeez on

@Guest (comment 7) You’re projecting dear lol and Guest (Comment 8) Of all the people that don’t care you’re the only one who took the time to comment so stfu

Etsy on

@Col- her name is Amada….after Eva’s grandmother.

bugsforever on

Nothing wrong with the name Esmerelda, other than she’s going to hate learn to write it. (lengthy plus those daggone s’s

Nadia on

to be honest majority of people most likely no not care to come after them .If the were like Beyonce, or huge mega superstar they would not hide there children that well.Maybe they live in Canada we do not go after hollywood stars like Americans do.