03/09/2017 10:13 EST

Eva Mendes Reveals The Best Part Of Raising Daughters With Ryan Gosling

The couple has two daughters: Esmeralda and Amada.

Eva Mendes couldn’t be happier to raise two daughters with Ryan Gosling. In fact, in a new interview with Shape magazine, the 43-year-old revealed she’d rather be with their kids than keep up with public appearances.

“What people don't know about me is that I love being home,” she said. “Instead of hitting the red carpet, I'd rather be with our girls.”

Eva Mendes launches Estee Lauder New Dimension Skincare at Nordstrom Aventura in 2015.

Mendes and Gosling are parents to two daughters: two-year-old Esmeralda Amada and 11-month-old Amada Lee. Ever since the two started their family, the actress has kept a low profile, opting to stay at home with the kids than be Gosling’s date during award season.

At the Golden Globes this year, Gosling recognized this when he accepted his award for Best Actor for the musical “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 Canadian star said.

“If she hadn't have taken all that on so I could have this experience, there would surely be somebody up here other than me.”

Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

Mendes has always put family first and even gave both her daughters the same name, Amada, in honour of her grandmother.

Although Mendes has been keeping away from the public eye lately, she admits she’s been keeping busy. Not only is she raising two little girls, but she’s also trying to lose the baby weight she gained while pregnant with her second child.

“In some ways, it's been more challenging to get back in shape after my second daughter,” she said. “Yet it's not as hard as I thought it would be, because I'm always running around with the kids. I never sit down — I'm on the move all day.”

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