Eva Mendes' Comments About Parenting in a Pandemic Are So Relatable

Sage Young
·5 min read

If entertaining your kids during the pandemic has you pulling your hair out, you're not alone. Eva Mendes, who shares two children with partner Ryan Gosling, is feeling the strain too. In a rare interview with the Sydney Morning Herald published on Oct. 17, the actor revealed what family lockdown in Los Angeles has been like with their daughters, six-year-old Esmeralda and four-year-old Amada. And Eva Mendes' comments about coronavirus parenting are as hilarious as they are spot-on.

"Sometimes it feels like we are running some kind of bed-and-breakfast with very drunk and aggressive guests," Mendes joked about she and Gosling being at their kids' beck and call. "We really do feel like we are working in a hotel, and the guests are angry and bossy and demand food brought to them. And by the time they go to sleep, we're left to just clean up and talk about how they've treated us that day!"

Despite the challenges, however, focusing on her family was a choice Mendes made when their eldest came along. Her most recent film credit is 2014's Lost River, written and directed by Gosling.

"I feel like, as far as my ambition, it didn't go away, it just shifted onto the children," she told the outlet about her decision to put her career on pause. "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."

However, with their daughters getting older, Mendes seems to be considering getting back into the game. Don't be surprised if you see her back on the big screen soon.

"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," she said.

As for quarantine family life, Mendes made it clear that, all jokes aside, she and Gosling consider themselves lucky.

"When we feel like we're just 'in it', like all parents do during these times, we remind ourselves that these are the good times, because we're all together and we're all safe right now," she said.

Earlier this month, Mendes defended her choice to pull back from the spotlight on Instagram. She responded to a follower who suggested, "You need to tell Ryan to get you out more," with, "No thank you, I'm good. Rather be home with my man than anywhere else in the world."

For more relatable pandemic parenting quotes from celebs, keep reading. And to see what your favorite stars from your youth are doing these days, check out The Biggest '90s TV Teen Idols, Then and Now.

1

Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth may play a god in the movies, but the father of three is dealing with the same homeschooling troubles as the rest of us mortals.

"I wish I had a positive attitude about [distance learning]," the Thor star said in an Entertainment Tonight interview. "My negotiation tactics are improving though! It's like, three hours of that and then 20 minutes of actual school work."

For some juicy daytime gossip, check out This Is the Worst Guest "Today" Has Ever Had, Host Says.

2

Kim Kardashian West

Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian

All the way back in March, Kim Kardashian West was already on the run from her three children. Speaking to Jimmy Fallon, she touched on the struggles of teaching her older kids, North and Saint, at home. "I'm, like, hiding from them," she laughed.

3

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron

The Atomic Blonde and Old Guard star seems indestructible on-screen, but with at-home schooling, Charlize Theron, who has two daughters, has met her match.

"It was an incredibly stressful time for me," she said on Sunday Today, per People. "I will make any action movie over and over and over again before I homeschool again."

And for more celebrity parents and their kids, check out Kate Hudson's Lookalike Son Does a Hilarious Impersonation of Her.

4

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis

It takes a village, even if the only help you can get is virtual.

In an interview with Fallon in May, Mila Kunis and husband Ashton Kutcher explained how they got their friends involved with teaching their two children.

"We enlisted our friends to do 20-minute Zoom sessions with our kids [to] teach our kids anything … from making flowers arrangements to architecture," Kunis told the host. "That gives us 20 minutes of not parenting and also allows our kids to have another type of interaction." Genius!

5

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore

On Today, mother of two Drew Barrymore said that she was killing it at first when lockdown started. But with school, she hit a wall.

"I just tried to find routine with my kids. Go on a bike ride, take a car ride, break out the chalk and do hopscotch, board games, do seeding things in little cups and make signs and be inventive," she said, via Motherly. "And then school started. And it all went out the window. The minute I thought, 'Oh, I'm three weeks in. I've got this,' I cried every day, all day long."

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