Things might get a little hectic when Eva Mendes‘ family comes for a visit — but the Lost River star and mom to daughter Esmeralda Amada, who turned 1 last Saturday, says it’s the best possible chaos.
“When my mom and sisters visit, they take over the house. They take my baby! They start cleaning everything! They sound like a bunch of hyenas, yelling in Spanish, English, Spanglish,” Mendes, 41, tells Glam Belleza Latina for its fall issue.
The new mom says that the tight-knit crew loves to sing to her daughter — and their tunes unlocked memories for the star, who grew up in a Cuban community in Los Angeles and says her mom still brings her home-cooked meals once a week.
“They sing [Esmeralda] all these Cuban nursery songs that I forgot my mom used to sing to me,” she explains. “They’re like a raucous crew … It’s incredible. I really appreciate my family, now more than ever. I’m so happy that my little girl gets to grow up with this.”