Eva Mendes responds to reports that she stopped acting

Despite her last role being seven and a half years ago, Eva Mendes says she “never stops acting”.

The mother of two – who has been with her children’s father, Ryan Gosling, since 2011 – took to Instagram on Friday to discuss the numerous posts claiming she had retired from Hollywood.

Mendes, 48, posted a video montage that flashed several headlines about her long absence from the entertainment industry, explaining in the caption that she simply chose to prioritize her family.

“I wanted to be home with my babies,” she said of daughters Esmerelda, 8, and Amada, 6, adding, “Fortunately, my other business ventures have allowed me to do that more than acting would.”

The entrepreneur, investor and celebrity ambassador’s last acting role was in the 2015 fantasy thriller “Lost River,” which 41-year-old Gosling directed.

She explained in her Instagram post that the parts she was presented with after that movie just weren’t up to her standards.

Eva Mendes in "Lost river."
Her last role was in the 2015 film ‘Lost River’ which she said was ‘a difficult act to follow’.
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“I wasn’t thrilled with the stereotypical roles being offered to me at the time,” she wrote, calling “Lost River” a “dream project” and “a difficult act to follow.”

“What’s the point of this message? To shift that story,” she concluded. “I never give up ♥️.”

Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling leave a restaurant.
“I wanted to be home with my babies,” Mendes said of daughters Esmerelda and Amada, whom she shares with Ryan Gosling.

Earlier this year, the ‘Hitch’ star revealed what it took to break her nearly eight-year hiatus from TV and movies. (However, she did voice a character on an episode of the Australian animated series “Bluey” last year.)

“I have such a short list of what I’m going to do,” she confessed on “The View” in March.

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Mendes previously said motherhood changed what projects she took on.


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Mendes previously said motherhood changed what projects she took on.


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“I’m down to give some fun events and in…

“For kids, I mean, if it was a fun project – but now, I won’t do violence, I don’t want to do sexuality; the list is short.”

When asked if she would consider taking on a role if it met her criteria, Mendes replied, “I hope so. It has to be nice and clean.”

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