(“It’s complicated,” you had to tell your fictional best friend Reese Witherspoon over imagined brunch.) While Mendes and Gosling stay mum on the subject of their relationship, which dates back to their days filming 2012’s magazine, Mendes explained the thought process behind naming their daughters Amada and Esmeralda Amada.“My grandmother’s name is Amada, and Esmeralda Amada is the name of our oldest,” the actress revealed.“We had a few names picked out for our new baby, and when she was born, we didn’t feel like those names were her. When we looked at her, we thought, ‘Aww, Amadita.’” Even though both girls are under the age of two, Mendes said that she and Gosling are nurturing the sisters’ relationship.
I used to know five sisters that were all Maria del Carmen, Maria Elena, Maria liliana . She also shared that the couple are immersing their daughters in her Cuban culture as much as possible—and Mendes is teaching them how to speak Spanish as well as English. You can tell especially when you have daughters [he now has two with Eva Mendes] and you see their early stages, they are just leaps and bounds beyond boys immediately.” Gosling and Mendes managed to keep her first pregnancy hidden for seven months.
“We’re constantly playing Cuban music,” the actress says of the Mendes-Gosling household. There was no official announcement when their daughter Esmeralda Amada was born in September 2014, although TMZ did obtain a copy of her birth certificate.
“I speak to them in Spanish, and my mom speaks to Esmeralda in Spanish. Any time I have an opportunity to introduce her or them—I have to say ‘them’ now, though my newborn just sleeps all the time—to my culture, whether it’s through music, or through food, I do.” Sadly, Mendes did not reveal how the family is introducing Gosling’s Canadian culture to the girls. Mendes gave a low-key interview about motherhood that November.
So we will just have to imagine a television always tuned to ice hockey and maple leaves wallpapering the nursery. The couple also managed to keep the impending arrival of their second daughter under wraps almost until she was born.
Last month, Gosling, a proud feminist, shared his early observations gleaned from raising two daughters. Once again, the news broke when TMZ discovered Amada Lee Gosling’s birth certificate.
Gosling confirmed that he is, indeed, the father of two daughters while doing press for The couple was so low-key about their impending baby, though, that no one really thought to check in to see if it had actually arrived. It may seem like we know everything about Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s daughter James (both her gestation and her arrival), but we really don’t.
It wasn’t until Rhys and Russell were spotted in Brooklyn carrying their newborn—which is an excellent way for low-key, stealth baby parents to give paparazzi their fill while sending them the message that this is all they’re going to get (see also: Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale)—that the press thought to check in about that whole “Did she have the baby? They only confirmed she was in the works when Lively posted a photo of herself cradling her bump on her erstwhile lifestyle site Preserve. The Preserve post was a “Celebration of Family,” and had pictures of several pregnant women—Lively being one of them.
In the post, she heralded “all the expecting mothers out there.” They tried to keep their daughter’s birth quiet.
Page Six broke the news of her birth even though Lively’s rep “repeatedly declined to comment, claiming the actress and Reynolds could not be reached.” Reynolds finally revealed the precise date she was born on her first birthday.