Eva Mendes says parenting in a pandemic feels like running a hotel for their kids—and we so get it

But despite the challenges, Mendes isn't losing sight of what's important. "When we feel like we're just 'in it,' like all parents do during these times," she says, "we remind ourselves that these are the good times, because we're all together and we're all safe right now."

Eva Mendes says parenting in a pandemic feels like running a hotel for their kids—and we so get it
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It sounds like Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling are just like every other couple grappling with raising tiny humans during the pandemic. "Sometimes it feels like we are running some kind of bed-and-breakfast with very drunk and aggressive guests," Mendes told The Sydney Morning Herald. 😂

Of course, the pint-sized and demanding guests she's referring to are Esmeralda, 6, and Amada, 4, the daughters Mendes shares with Gosling.


"We really do feel like we are working in a hotel, and the guests are angry and bossy and demand food brought to them. And by the time they go to sleep, we're left to just clean up and talk about how they've treated us that day!"

Despite the challenges, Mendes isn't losing sight of what's important. "When we feel like we're just 'in it,' like all parents do during these times," she says, "we remind ourselves that these are the good times, because we're all together and we're all safe right now."

Mendes put her acting career on hold in 2014 to focus on raising their girls. During the interview, she also hinted at a possible return to acting. "I feel like, as far as my ambition, it didn't go away, it just shifted onto the children," she says.

"I applaud and look up to those women who can do it all, but I'm not one of them – and, thankfully, I have a choice not to work and I realize how fortunate I am that it's even a choice. I've been so happy to be able to incubate with my babies, but now they are four and six, I'm starting to feel like my ambition is coming back."

We look forward to seeing what Eva and Ryan take on next! It sounds like their daughters are keeping them on their toes during the pandemic.

Jamie Orsini is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, military spouse, and a mom to two busy toddlers. In her spare time, Jamie volunteers with the Solar System Ambassador program with NASA/JPL and reads anything she can get her hands on. She’s currently working on her first novel.

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