Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are a rare breed of A-List couple.
Not only have they stayed together for almost a decade throughout their thirties - a rare feat in Hollywood - they have also managed to maintain absolute privacy and control over the public knowledge surrounding their relationship.
The only time they have ever been photographed on a red carpet together was when they both starred in the 2012 hit film The Place Beyond The Pines. Not even when Gosling was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe for his role in La La Land in 2017 did the couple choose to make a public appearance together.
However, there has been the odd anecdote from both Mendes and Gosling about their relationship, two daughters and new adopted dog over the years, which are cute enough to make even the iciest of hearts thaw.
Most recently, Mendes has an excellent response about her beau to an Instagram follower...
Starting with the most recent sweet comment, here's a look back at the times the actors have lovingly spoken about their relationship and each other...
October 17, 2020: Eva Mendes discusses parenting with Ryan Gosling
The actress has given rare insight into life at home with her two daughters and husband Ryan Gosling.
In a new interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, the 46-year-old discussed her quarantine experience with the Drive star and their two daughters, Esmeralda, 6, and Amada, 4.
‘Sometimes it feels like we are running some kind of bed-and-breakfast with very drunk and aggressive guests,’ she joked. ‘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!’
The actress said that while life at home with two young children can be challenging, she cherishes her family time.
‘When we feel like we're just “in it”, like all parents do during these times,’ she said, ‘we remind ourselves that these are the good times because we're all together and we're all safe right now.’
During the interview, the mother-of-two also recalled the now-famous words her husband uttered at the 2017 Golden Globe awards when he paid tribute to his wife while accepting his ‘Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy’ gong for La La Land.
‘While I was singing and dancing and playing piano and having one of the best experiences I’ve ever had on a film, my lady was raising our daughter, pregnant with our second, and trying to help her brother fight his battle with cancer,’ the actor said from the stage. ‘So sweetheart, thank you. And to my daughters, Amada and Esmeralda, I love you. And I’d like to dedicate this to the memory of her brother, Juan Carlos Mendez.’
The publication reports the actresses voice cracked ‘with emotion’ when reminded of Gosling’s words and noted: ‘I was home feeding our six-month-old baby and couldn’t even be there that night.
‘I was in the other room when my sister started screaming for me to come in and she was crying, so we rewound and watched and it was such a beautiful, surreal moment, especially for my family to hear Ryan say my brother’s name.’
The Hitch star also discussed her priorities and ambitions as a mother and actress.
‘I feel like, as far as my ambition, it didn't go away, it just shifted onto the children,’ she admitted.
‘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 realise how fortunate I am that it's even a choice. 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.’
October 4, 2020: Eva Mendes Has The Best Response To Someone Telling Her To 'Get Out More'
Mendes is not one to back down in the face of responding to someone on social media, something she proved again over the weekend.
The actress shared a throwback photo of herself modelling and running on a beach from 15 years ago, which she acknowledged in the post's caption, writing: 'Haven't seen a beach this year. Haven't been on a beach this year.'
Given the Coronavirus-quarantine world we find ourselves living in, in 2020, it's not entirely surprising. However, one follower responded saying: 'You need to tell Ryan to get you out more'.
To which, Mendes politely responded: 'No thank you, I'm good. Rather be home with my man than anywhere else in the world.'
Fair enough, really.
April 27, 2020: Eva Mendes Gushes Over Ryan Gosling's Acting Credentials
Per previous examples below, Mendes has become accustom to interacting with fans on social media recently. Last week, the mother-of-two was unable to resist voicing her opinions on a fan account dedicated to Mendes and Gosling.
Under a post which encouraged fans to select their three favourites of Gosling's movies, Mendes aired her thoughts while praising her partner's acting credentials.
'What a tough question,' Mendes wrote. 'He was so incredibly heartbreaking in Bladerunner. Such an impossible role to play and he did it so beautifully! And his portrayal of Armstrong [in First Man] was so subtle and powerful and emotional. I got lost in his performance in that film.
'And then him as March in The Nice Guys is a classic comedy performance that is only seen every once in a blue moon.'
Evidently full of praise for her significant other, Mendes admitted she had to end the comment before she broke word count limits.
'I mean, I can keep going but I don’t think this comment section has enough room!' she joked.
When a fan then responded to Mendes' rankings asking the Hitch star to tell Gosling fans are looking forward to seeing his post-lockdown work, the actor said she'd be sure to pass the message on.
April 18, 2020: Eva Mens Explains Why She And Ryan Gosling Rarely Discuss Each Other
In a recent post, Mendes captioned a picture of her daughter's artwork from quarantine welcoming comments and interactions, writing: 'Reading comments and happy to connect so let me know how you're feeling.'
The day before, Mendes admitted she was unsure of what to post at the moment, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, so shared a picture of one of her favourite pieces of art.
When a follower asked why she never posts pictures of her 'immediate family', Mendes took the time to respond first addressing the privacy reasons surrounding sharing photos of her daughters Esmerelda and Amada ('Since my children are still so little and don't understand what posting their image really means, I don't have their consent') before moving on to her partner Gosling.
'I have always had a clear boundary when it comes to my man and my kids... As for Ryan and I, it just works for us this way, to stay private.'
March 6, 2020: Eva Mendes Explains What She'll Share About Ryan Gosling and her daughters
Over the past few months, Mendes has began engaging with her fans a lot more using social media (much to her fans' delight!).
Earlier this week, a fan commented on the actor and designer's picture of her modelling her own fashion range to compliment her and thank for her for interacting with her fans. She signed off her message with a little plea: 'Wouldn't mind an appearance by Ryan on this page.'
Mendes responded to the comment gracefully as ever, thanking her and explaining how much joy she gets from 'connecting to other women' on the platform. She also said how she tries to be honest so confirmed that the picture was a campaign shot so had been retouched.
The Hitch actor, who turned 46 on Thursday, then went on to explain what she will share on social media about her partner, Gosling, and the children they share together: Esmerelda and Amada.
'As far as Ryan, I'll only post flash backs of things that are already "out there" (like pics from movies we did or stuff like that),' she clarified.
'My man and kids are private. That's important to me so thanks for getting that.'
February 13, 2020: Eva Mendes Reveals Little Known Talent Of Ryan Gosling's
After sharing a video of herself eating a macaroon on Instagram, Mendes responded to a fan who asked whether she and partner Gosling ever cook together.
The Hitch actor clarified that while she does not particularly pride herself on being a talented chef, her other half definitely is.
'Ryan is an amazing chef AND baker,' she wrote. 'For reals. Incredible. No joke. I'm not sure that what I do is cooking. It's more like steaming veggies and juicing and making rice.
'He really cooks. I survive.'
We're so intrigued. We wonder if his speciality dish is a lasange or maybe a casserole. And baking? Oh, what we'd give to eat a slice of cake crafted by the hands of Gosling.
September 12, 2019: Eva Mendes Discusses date nights and family with Ryan Gosling
'It's so fun and beautiful and maddening,' Mendes said of life at home. 'It's so hard, of course, but it's that that feeling of ending your day and putting them to bed and Ryan and I look at each other like, "We did it, we came out relatively unscathed".'
Mendes was then asked about the possibility of working with Gosling again on future film projects. Describing the Drive actor as a 'creative genius', she said she'd love to and joked that she 'would audition for him any day' before clarifying that, hopefully, she would get to skip the audition part.
'I love it', she said of working with her long-time partner.
Mendes, who recently launched her sixth clothing collection, also agreed with host Mario Lopez that no matter how busy the couple is with careers and children, scheduling in date nights - such as the one the couple were spotted on in Los Angeles recently - is important.
'It take a lot of prep,' she joked. 'You've got to have it all lined up. But luckily we have a lot of family support.'
April 2019: Eva Mendes discusses children not being a priority until she met Ryan Gosling
In a cover interview with Women's Health, the designer told the magazine that having children had previously been 'the furthest thing from my mind' until she met her partner.
When asked why that priority shifted, she explained candidly: 'Ryan Gosling happened. I mean falling in love with him. Then it made sense for me to have... not kids, but his kids. It was very specific to him.'
March 2019: Eva Mendes discusses working with Ryan Gosling
After The Place Beyond the Pines, Mendes did in fact work with her beau again when she starred in his 2015 directorial debut Lost River.
January 2017: Ryan Gosling pays tribute to Eva Mendes at the Golden Globes
Accepting the prestigious award for his lead role in La La Land, Gosling praised Mendes for her support and sacrifices in order to enable his career, without mentioning the Hitch actress by name. He also paid tribute to his partner's late brother, Juan Carlos Mendes, who had recently passed away.
'I would like to try and thank one person properly and say that while I was singing and dancing and playing piano and having one of the best experiences I've ever had on a film, my lady was raising our daughter, pregnant with our second and trying to help her brother fight his battle with cancer.
'If she hadn't taken all that on so that I could have this experience, it would surely be someone else up here other than me today. So, sweetheart, thank you. To my daughters, Amada and Esmeralda, I love you.'
December 2015: Ryan Gosling gives the most perfect answer when asked what he looks for in a woman
While speaking to Hello! Canada, Gosling was asked what quality he looks for in a woman, and his answer was as heart-melting as possible.
'That she's Eva Mendes,' he reportedly told the magazine. 'There's nothing else I'm looking for.'
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