When Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes welcomed their baby girl on Sept. 12, they gave her a unique name, Esmeralda Amada
If you guessed, like us, that it was because of Gosling's love of all things Disney
, especially the character Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame
, you were not too far off!
Mendes tells The Violet Files
, "Ryan and I both love the Esmeralda character from the Victor Hugo novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
, and we just think it’s a beautiful name."
The 40-year-old actress also explains that she and Gosling, 34, picked the middle name because, "Amada was my grandmother's name. It means 'beloved' in Spanish."
There you have it, not only a beautiful name but a meaningful choice. And her little girl's name was only the beginning of tough motherhood decisions for Eva.
She says, "For instance, with the VIOLET GREY photo shoot, I thought, 'Is this something that she’s going to be proud of?' The idea that I would ever embarrass her is really heartbreaking for me."
While motherhood is not easy, Mendes also recognizes that being a baby might be even more of a struggle.
"I've learned that it's way harder to be a baby. Everything is a struggle for her," Eva says of baby Esmerelda. "For instance, I haven't thrown up since the '90s and she's thrown up twice since we started this interview. Motherhood is cake compared to what it's like to be a baby."
Watch Eva talk about her "other baby" in the video below.