Eva Mendes interview: Actress opens up on McHappy Day Ronald McDonald House ambassadorship and motherhood alongside Ryan Gosling

Eva Mendes is celebrating McHappy Day in the best way possible – with an early visit to the Ronald McDonald House, wearing a pair of Silly Socks laced under her platform heels.

The Hitch actress, 48, tells 9Honey Celebrity about the morning she’s had, talking to families and meeting their children, adding that she’s really taken a liking to her McHappy Day socks.

“They’re kind of cool, I feel them,” she jokes, looking at her ankles.

McHappy Day is tomorrow, Saturday, November 19, but in anticipation The Ronald McDonald HouseThe biggest event of the year, their 2022 ambassador has spent every day visiting children.

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Eva Mendes rocks some Silly Socks at Ronald McDonald House, Westmead to celebrate McHappy Day 2022. The Hollywood actress is an ambassador for McHappy Day 2022.
Eva Mendes rocks some silly socks at Ronald McDonald House, Westmead to celebrate McHappy Day 2022. (McHappy Day)

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Mendes explains that the charity work is close to her heart, thanks to an experience that happened within her family.

“My cousin’s little baby had neuroblastoma when he was one, he’s in remission now. He’s doing great, but those years of treatment were too hard, they were hell,” she says.

“Ronald McDonald Houses, they kept my aunt and her family together, they provided her with a support system and I could see how important that was to her.

Mendes is a mother of two herself and shares daughters Esmeralda, eight, and Amada, six, with her partner. Ryan Gosling. The family has temporarily moved to Sydney while the actor shoots his next film, The fall guy.

Eva Mendes, McHappy Day 2020, Interview, Ryan Gosling, The Place Beyond The Pines, Premiere, Toronto International Film Festival, 2012
Mendes and Gosling share two daughters and have temporarily moved to Sydney while he shoots his upcoming film, The Fall Guy. (Getty)

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Mendes admits the transition hasn’t been the easiest, and she and Gosling, like most parents, are still trying to figure it out.

“I definitely haven’t figured out the balance yet. It’s kind of an everyday thing. I ask people for advice all the time,” she says.

“I would like to be a bit more balanced, but now, especially now that we live in Sydney, I notice things like, I don’t have my sister here, I don’t soot sister, I don’t have his mom, I don’t have a mom, so the work is completely falling on us,” she says.

“It’s definitely a little more stressful, but at the same time it’s like, ‘Look, we’re here, we’re making really fun memories’.”

When asked how she gets through the tough times when Gosling might be off during long shooting days, and she feels overwhelmed playing with the kids, along with her own business ventures — like kitchen sponge company Skura Style — Mendes says quite poignantly.

“How do I say this? I like the struggle, because I feel the growth afterwards,” she says.

Eva Mendes at Ronald McDonald House, Westmead to celebrate McHappy Day 2022. The Hollywood actress is an ambassador for McHappy Day 2022.
“How do I say this? I like the struggle, because I feel the growth afterwards.” (McHappy Day)

“If one of the kids is sick and Ryan is working, I’m up all night with them, but if Ryan’s at home and one of them is sick, he’s up all night. These times are tough, but we do it. together and I think there is beauty in the struggle.

“Maybe in that moment, at 4 a.m. with no sleep, maybe I don’t enjoy that second, but I do, in retrospect, ‘Oh wow, I really grew out of it, I feel like a better mom because of it.’

Mendes also opened up about her current attitude as a mother.

“Well, my respect for my mother just went through the roof,” she says frankly.

“I thought I couldn’t respect her anymore, but the fact that she did what she did at the time I was growing up amazes me.”

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“We had no money and we were raised against wages, so how she raised us, while still being a fun mom, I have no idea.”

The actress says that in recent years she has learned to respect herself and take time for her mind.

“For me, I realize that I’m the best version of mom when I’m taking care of myself, sometimes I feel like, ‘I can’t get to my treatment because of this,’ or ‘Amada is sick,’ you you know, you have legitimate reasons,” she says.

“But I realize when I start canceling these things, or even gym classes, that I’m not the best version of me for them.”

Eva Mendes visits families at Ronald McDonald House, Westmead to celebrate McHappy Day 2022. The Hollywood actress is an ambassador for McHappy Day 2022.
Mendes visited numerous families at the Ronald McDonald House for McHappy Day on Saturday, November 19. (McHappy Day)

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This is not the first time Mendes has supported the Ronald McDonald House. She took on the same role as ambassador in 2020, but admits that this year things are a little better.

“When I was an ambassador in 2020, I could only meet the families through Zoom,” she explains, “So now, being here physically, it’s so much better.

In fact, Mendes reveals that she had quite an emotional visit earlier in the day.

“I got to know two kids that I actually met for the first time through Zoom in 2020. Their names are Conor and Lola, Conor is only five years old and almost all his life he has been struggling with disease and treatment,” she says.

“Having the opportunity to be with him and Lola today – it was very emotional.”

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