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Eva Mendes on Naming Daughter Esmeralda Amada: ‘We Love the Hunchback of Notre Dame

09/16/2015 at 08:40 PM ET

Actress and fashion entrepreneur Eva Mendes isn’t letting Hollywood’s standards dictate her view on motherhood.

Mendes, appearing on the The Wendy Williams Show on Wednesday to promote her New York & Company line, opened up about her life as a new mom, naming her daughter and how she feels about the pressure on women in Hollywood to “bounce back” after having a baby.

“I feel like we can be really hard on each other,” the 41 year old said when asked about losing baby weight. “That whole term ‘bounce back’ after pregnancy … I don’t like that terminology.”

She adds, “Look, if you go into the bikini two weeks after, good for you, but that wasn’t me. I just feel like we as women need to support each other more.”

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Eva Mendes Loves When Her ‘Raucous’ Family Comes Over and Sings Cuban Nursery Rhymes to Her Daughter

09/15/2015 at 05:15 PM ET

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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.”
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Eva Mendes Jokes She Had a ‘Really Wild’ Night with Daughter Esmeralda – See the Snap!

06/10/2015 at 04:30 PM ET

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Eva Mendes is wearing motherhood well!

The actress, 41, shared a (sort of) selfie of her slender waist on Instagram on Sunday after a “wild” Saturday night with her 8-month-old daughter, Esmeralda Amada.

Capturing only her midsection in a floral-printed dress from her collection at New York & Company, the new mom kept her face out of the shot due to a “long and crazy” evening with her little one the night before.

She wrote in the caption, “Loving this summer dress from our new @nyandcompany collection. Didn’t include my face because last night was long and crazy. Yup, really wild like 8 month teething baby kinda wild.”

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Why Eva Mendes Has ‘No Plan’ to Celebrate Herself on Mother’s Day

05/06/2015 at 04:00 PM ET

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It’s her first Mother’s Day, but Eva Mendes plans on shining the spotlight on someone else in her life.

Despite welcoming daughter Esmeralda Amada in September, the actress will be celebrating her own mother on Sunday.

“There is no plan [for me],” she tells Access Hollywood Live. “I kind of feel like I haven’t quite earned my stripes yet in a way.”

Instead of being showered with gifts, Mendes, 41, plans to spend the day with her extended family. “This Mother’s Day is definitely all about my mom,” she explains.

“She’s had a really hard year. My brother’s sick so it’s all about my mom, honoring her.”

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Eva Mendes: Don’t Be Fooled by My Body After Baby

03/19/2015 at 11:30 AM ET

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Six months into motherhood and Eva Mendes has found the sweet spot in her new sleep schedule.

But although her daughter Esmeralda Amada is letting her parents get a good night’s rest, the actress admits there are still a few sporadic incidents.

“You never know, something random can happen and she’s just suddenly not sleeping through the night and you’re like, ‘Wait, I thought we were sleeping through the night, what’s up?’ ” Mendes, 41, tells Extra.

She jokes, “Why does it always happen at three or four in the morning?”

As she learns the ropes of parenthood with her partner, Ryan Gosling, Mendes can’t help but be reminded of her own mother’s sacrifices. “Now I understand so much,” she says, “My mother’s never got more ‘I love you so much, Mommy’ texts randomly … I get it now!”

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Eva Mendes Won’t Give Motherhood Advice Because She Hasn’t ‘Earned the Right’

03/10/2015 at 04:00 PM ET

Eva Mendes is more than happy to hear any advice on motherhood, but she isn’t ready to dish out her own tips and tricks just yet.

“I don’t feel like I’ve really earned the right. I want to respect all the moms out there,” the actress, who welcomed daughter Esmeralda Amada in September, says in the April issue of Women’s Health.

“They’re going to be like, ‘You know what? You’re a few months in. Just shut up.’ ”

But despite the learning curves she and Ryan Gosling face as first-time parents, Mendes, 41, already seems to have mastered the all-nighters.

“I’m actually enjoying the sleepless nights because it’s bonding with my little girl,” she explains.

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Ryan Gosling Is ‘Cherishing Every Minute’ with Daughter Esmeralda

01/21/2015 at 06:00 PM ET

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Oh, to be Ryan Gosling‘s baby girl.

Since welcoming daughter Esmeralda Amada with longtime love Eva Mendes in September, the actor’s been busy flying back and forth between Los Angeles and Atlanta to shoot his upcoming film, The Nice Guys.

But that doesn’t mean the star hasn’t squeezed in as much quality time as possible with his family. “He’s been wanting to be a father for a long time,” a Gosling insider tells PEOPLE. “He’s cherishing every minute.”

Raising their daughter without a nanny, the new parents are “so tired, but so in love,” says a Mendes pal. “[The baby] is smiling and cooing and loves when Ryan sings to her.”

While Gosling, 34, and Mendes, 40, have no plans to wed any time soon, that doesn’t mean there’s trouble in paradise for the private pair, who stepped out for a rare date night on Saturday.

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