The children of Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes won’t be brought up in gender-specific roles.
The 42-year-old Gosling has starred in a number of blockbuster successes, such as The Notebook, La La Land, and Blade Runner 2049.
Mendes, 48, has acted in films like 2 Fast 2 Furious, Hitch, and Ghost Rider.
The couple, who started dating in 2011, is one of Hollywood’s most secretive couples and doesn’t frequently discuss their relationship.
They have, however, spoken candidly about raising their two kids, Esmeralda, 8, and Amada, 6.
Mendes says she and her boyfriend want their kids to understand that “they are all partners and that no one should expect anything from a person because of their gender” in an interview with Forbes.
she explains: “I’m not an amazing cook – I leave that to Ryan.
“Hopefully it’s showing my girls that there are no gender-specific roles that one must take on and that we are partners in this and that we’re all partners in this, not just Ryan and I, but our children as well.
“It’s a team effort every day, so if they see him and I switching off doing certain things that again aren’t specific to stereotypical gender things, I think that just creates balance and harmony.”
This isn’t the first time the actress has opened up about being a parent.
In an interview with USA Today, Mendes claims that she only wants her children to think of her as their “mom” and not as a famous person.
“What I try to empathise is that I don’t let them see me put attention to how I dress,” she explains.
“They’ve never seen me get ready for something; they’ve never seen me at work, which is fine, for whoever wants to do it that way, but the way I keep it normal is by not letting them see me in these situations.
“I’m just mum. And I’m more than happy to just be mum.”
Many of Mendes’ admirers have assumed that she has stopped performing because she has been concentrating on being a parent; however, Mendes has hit back at this notion.
The actress claims on Instagram that the parts that have been offered to her haven’t ‘excited’ her.
“I never quit acting,” she writes.
“I wanted to be home with my babies and, fortunately, my other business ventures allowed me to do that more than acting would.
“Also, I was not excited about the stereotypical roles being offered to me at the time. Especially after working on the film Lost River – that was a dream project. That’s a tough act to follow.
“What’s the point of this post? To shift that narrative. I never quit.”