Eva Mendes has shared how her views towards having a family shifted after she met her husband, Ryan Gosling! As People shares, Mendes was recently asked by Australian radio show Nova 96.9's Fitzy and Wippa if she plans to get back to acting soon, which is when she opened up about her thoughts on having kids and a career.

Mendes didn't want children until she was with Gosling

Mendes said that while she does feel that she's in a place to return to acting, she wants to be clear that it's not necessary to choose between family or career. "I am now that [my kids] getting a bit older, but I really feel like I never want to send the wrong message to young women out there," she explained of her decision to embrace Hollywood again. "It’s not an either/or situation."

She also revealed that before she and Gosling were together, having kids wasn't something she saw in her future! "I was lucky enough to work my bum off for 20 years. I never wanted babies before until I fell in love with Ryan, and it kind of worked out to where I was 40 and having my first baby," Mendes shared. "I think I was 42 for the second one, so it worked out in that way that I had a career and then I change my focus to my family."


Mendes on her career: "my ambition is coming back"

Mendes and Gosling have been together since 2011 after starring in the thriller The Place Beyond the Pines, but have managed to keep their family life out of the spotlight. As People mentions, Mendes also told the Sydney Herald how motherhood has impacted her! "I feel like, as far as my ambition, it didn’t go away, it just shifted onto the children," she told the outlet earlier this month.

"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," she went on to say. "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."

Mendes has previously opened up about how being a mother has shifted her choice of future roles! Back in February, she shared that playing a Disney villain would be a role she'd be happy to take on for her daughters Esmeralda and Amada, saying how she's "more of the Ursula type."