Eva Mendes ‘never quit’ acting: ‘I wanted to be at home with my babies’


Eva Mendes is no quitter.

The “Hitch” actress — who hasn’t appeared on the silver screen since 2014 — took to Instagram on Friday, firing back at reports she’s turned her back on the movie industry.

“I never quit acting,” the 48-year-old star defiantly declared in a post that has clocked up more than 55,000 likes.

“I wanted to be home with my babies and fortunately my other business ventures allowed me to do that more than acting would,” she added.

Mendes began dating Ryan Gosling, 41, back in 2011, before the couple welcomed two children together: Esmerelda in 2014 and Amada in 2016.

Outside of acting, the Miami, Florida-born beauty has numerous side hustles. She serves as the creative director for CIRCA Beauty, a cosmetics brand sold at Walgreens. The talented star has also designed linens and dinnerware for Macy’s department stores.

Mendes hasn't appeared in a movie since 2014, and she has no big-screen roles lined up for the foreseeable future.
Mendes hasn’t appeared in a movie since 2014, and she has no big-screen roles lined up for the foreseeable future.
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But it isn’t just motherhood and her side businesses that have kept Mendes away from the movies.

The star revealed that she was also “not excited about the stereotypical roles” that were offered to her in the mid-2010s, especially after working on the film “Lost River” — her last big-screen credit.

“That was a dream project. That’s a tough act to follow,” the actress said of the movie, which was directed by Gosling.

Mendes and Gosling are pictured with their two children in 2020. The couple keep a low-profile and do not often speak out about their private life.
Mendes and Ryan Gosling are pictured with their two children in 2020. The couple keep a low profile and do not often speak out about their private life.
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The pair met in 2011 on the set of "The Place Beyond The Pines." They are pictured in 2012.
The pair met in 2011 on the set of “The Place Beyond the Pines.” They are pictured in 2012.
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Last year, Mendes made her return to the entertainment industry with a small speaking role in an episode of the Australian children’s TV show “Bluey.”

And while she currently has no upcoming film or TV projects on the horizon, she hasn’t ruled out a return to the screen.

Earlier this year, she told “The View,” however, that she’s now fussier about roles.

“I have such a short list of what I will do. Like before kids, I kind of was up for anything — I mean, if it was a fun project,” she stated, adding that she will not take violent or highly sexualized roles.

Mendes is pictured in 2020. The beauty has been busy raising her two kids and juggling her numerous side ventures.
Mendes is pictured in 2020. The beauty has been busy raising her two kids and juggling her numerous side ventures.
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Mendes told her Instagram followers that she wanted to rebuff reports that she had quit acting in order to “shift the narrative.”

For now, star is gearing up to travel to Australia, where Gosling will film “The Fall Guy” — an action drama that will co-star Emily Blunt.