CULTURE

Eva Mendes Says She Hopes Her Return to Movies Also Features Ryan Gosling

He's one of the few people who could convince her to return to movies.


Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for New York & Company

Though, unlike many of her peers in Hollywood, she isn’t photographed on red carpets every other weekend, Eva Mendes has been keeping busy. She’s still designing her long-running clothing line for New York & Company, and has also eagerly taken on a role as a self-described “helicopter parent” to daughters Esmerelda and Amada. Still, she hasn’t been onscreen in the past few years and doesn’t currently have any film projects lined up; in a new interview, Extra found out what — or who — it would take to get Mendes back in front of the camera.

“I’m excited to go back to work, it’s just not, like, I’m dying to do a movie again, so it has to be something really special,” Mendes told the outlet. When asked which director or costar would make her “sign on in a heartbeat to work with,” she instantly replied, “Ryan Gosling,” her longtime partner. The two costarred in 2012’s The Place Beyond The Pines and Mendes also starred in Gosling’s 2014 directorial effort Lost River (her most recent IMDb credit), so it’s not clear if she’d like her partner to be her costar or director (or both?), but she’s definitely up for a collaboration.

In the case of their other collaborations — their daughters — Mendes is definitely the director. She told Extra that, between her and Gosling, she’s typically the parent who has to enforce the rules. “There’s that term ‘helicopter parent,’ but aren’t you supposed to be a helicopter parent?” she said. “I’m strict about what they eat, and what they wear, and what time they go to bed. And what they watch. So, yeah.”

Family is a major priority for Mendes, who revealed that old family photos helped inspire her latest clothing and accessories collection. “My grandmother — who I never met, who we named our little girl after, Amada — we have some beautiful photographs of her from ’20s Cuba,” she said. “So I take a lot of inspiration from her and the jewelry she wore, the dresses she loved, a headpiece, and that’s where I get my inspiration from.”

Um, think we found your next project! The story of a fashionable Cuban woman named Amada in the 1920s, starring Eva Mendes, directed by Ryan Gosling, viewed by all of us. The Oscars await.

Related: Ryan Gosling’s Kids Think He’s an Actual Astronaut

W‘s Steamiest Photos of Madonna, the Beckhams, and More Unabashed PDA

“David and Victoria Beckham: American Idols,” photographed by Steven Klein, styled by Camilla Nickerson; W magazine August 2007.

Natalie Portman and Ruth Negga on the cover of W‘s February 2017 issue.

Photographs by Craig McDean. Styled by Edward Enninful. Hair by Orlando Pita for Orlando Pita Play; Makeup by Peter Philips for Dior; Manicures by Michelle Saunders for Essie at Forward Artists. Set design by Piers Hanmer.

Karen Elson photographed by Steven Meisel for W Magazine, November 2011.

Steven Meisel

“Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender: Smash of the Titans,” photographed by Mario Sorrenti, styled by Edward Enninful; W magazine June 2012.

Giselle Bundchen photographed by Juergen Teller and styled by Jane How for W Magazine, June 2005.

“Lara Stone: Love Machine,” photographed by Steven Klein, styled by Edward Enninful; W magazine March 2015.

“Madonna: Blame it on Rio,” photographed by Steven Klein, styled by Arianne Phillips; W magazine March 2009.

“Back in the Lime Light,” photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, styled by Edward Enninful; W magazine August 2015.

“Michelle Williams & Ryan Gosling: Heart to Heart” photographed by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin; W Magazine October 2010.

Kat Dennings and Jessica Chastain in “The Brave Ones,” photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, styled by Alex White; W magazine September 2010.

Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

Viggo Mortensen, photographed by Craig McDean; W Magazine February 2017.

CRAIG MCDEAN

Kate Moss photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott for W Magazine, September 2008.

Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Joan Smalls in “Viva Cuba.” Photo by Alasdair McLellan, styled by Edward Enninful.

Photographer: Alasdair McLellan Stylist: Edward Enninful

Emma Heming and Bruce Willis in “Bruce & Emma,” photographed by Steven Klein, styled by Camilla Nickerson; W magazine July 2009.

Ginnifer Goodwin photographed by Steven Klein, styled by Camilla Nickerson; W magazine June 2009.

Taraji P. Henson photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and styled by Edward Enninful for W Magazine, August 2015.

Daisy Lowe and Peaches Geldof in “Law & Order,” photographed by Steven Meisel, styled by Alex White; W magazine March 2009.

“Madonna: Blame it on Rio,” photographed by Steven Klein, styled by Arianne Phillips; W magazine March 2009.

Photograph by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott; styled by Alex White; W magazine March 2010.

Miley Cyrus photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and styled by Edward Enninful for W Magazine, September 2015.

Lara Stone photographed by Steven Klein and styled by Camilla Nickerson for W Magazine, September 2009.

Joan Smalls photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and styled by Edward Enninful for W Magazine, September 2015.

Karmen Pedaru photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott for W Magazine, March 2012.

Photographed by Michael Thompson and styled by Karl Temper for W Magazine, February 2008.

1/24