Eva Mendes on Bouncing Back After Baby: ‘If I Never Fit into My Original Jeans, It’s Fine’

09/08/2016 at 01:45 PM ET

Eva Mendes on Daughters
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Eva Mendes couldn’t be happier as a mom of two.

The actress opened up to Extra to talk about her life with her daughters Amada Lee, 4 months, and Esmeralda Amada, 2 on Monday, with partner of five years Ryan Gosling.

“They really are little angels,” says Mendes, 42. “The baby‘s 4 months and she’s just the best — she sleeps.

“It’s amazing — it really is,” she adds. “I’m in that mommy happy place.”

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When asked about her secret to staying in shape, Mendes — who recently launched her New York and Company Eva Mendes Collection during New York Fashion Week — says she doesn’t “put a lot of pressure” on herself.

“I try to take care of myself as far as eating right and things like that, but especially so soon after a baby, I’m like, ‘It’s okay, I don’t need to fit into my jeans for a while, I’m all right,’ ” she says. “Maybe if I never fit into my original jeans, it’s fine. It’s all good.”

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The Fast 8 star recently told Latina magazine that her experiences right now in parenting her two girls directly following the passing of her brother are difficult and emotionally complex, but is “a really, really special time.”

Mendes also shared how she now chooses projects based on the well being of her daughters.

“I think like such a mom now — big picture — as far as what I’m putting out there,” she said. “Not only for my children, but for other children.”

Jen Juneau

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Strange on

They really like the name “Amada”. Unique name, except for the fact that now both kids are named that. I get that it was her grandmother’s name but if they have a third kid is it also going to be Amada? A little carried away.

Right on

Especially since her brother died days before the second kid was born. Why not turn Carlos into Carla?

guest on

She has a great attitude but her clothes line, meh!!