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Eva Mendes Explains Meaning Behind Baby Daughter’s Name

Eva Mendes Explains Meaning Behind Baby Daughter’s Name


New mom Eva Mendes has revealed her love for classic tale The Hunchback of Notre Dame was the inspiration behind naming her newborn daughter Esmeralda.

The actress and her boyfriend Ryan Gosling quietly welcomed their first child, Esmeralda Amada Gosling, in September, and for the first time since giving birth, Mendes is opening up about motherhood and why they decided to pick such a novel name.

The actress tells beauty blog Violet Grey, “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. Amada was my grandmother’s name. It means beloved in Spanish.”

And Mendes admits that being a mom to little Esmeralda isn’t as difficult as she thought it might be, suggesting the tot has a harder life than she does.

Mendes jokes, “Everything is a struggle for her. 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.”

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Jasmine Alyce Jasmine is the Associate Editor/Reporter for FanBolt. She’s been obsessed with pop culture and entertainment news since the olden days of MTV’s ‘TRL’ and graduated in 2009 with her BA in Journalism. She’s a huge horror and sci-fi/fantasy fan and her favorite shows include: American Horror Story, Game of Thrones, Pretty Little Liars, Doctor Who, Bates Motel, Once Upon A Time and Scandal, to name a few.


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