Eva Mendes has opened up about the heartbreaking experience of losing her brother to cancer, and the joy of welcoming her second daughter all in a matter of weeks.
The notoriously private actress candidly told Latina magazine that while it was a really difficult time, her older brother Carlos’ death reinforced the love of her family.
“Losing my brother brought our family closer, and we were already close to begin with,” she said.
“So to just see everybody be there for one another and show up, I feel so lucky to have them.”
Carlos died on April 17, while her second child with partner Ryan Gosling was born just 12 days later.
Eva went through the emotions of farewelling her brother and welcoming her daughter all in the same week.
“[My Family] were there for me when Amada was born. We had a funeral service for him and that same week I had the baby,” she said.
“It was really, really intense and obviously beyond heartbreaking, but also kind of beautiful.
“And being totally honest, I don’t feel like I’ve really processed that yet.”
Eva, who will star in Fast 8, was able to keep her second pregnancy a secret right up until the final weeks - remaining out of the public eye for most of her pregnancy.
As far as motherhood goes, Eva says she is enjoying time at home with her girls one-year-old Esmerelda Amada and three-month-old Amada Lee.
“Right now it’s really about surviving those nights and trying to enjoy this time as much as possible with them, and start the bond between Esmeralda and Amada,” she says.
Eva also opened up about how her girls came to share the same name.
“My grandmother’s name is Amada, and Esmeralda Amada is the name of our oldest,” she said.
“We had a few names picked out for our new baby, and when she was born, we didn’t feel like those names were her. We came up with a few more, even that morning, and tried them out. We were like, ‘What about Viviana?’ But we just kept going back to Amada.
“And it was an emotional time with the passing of my brother. We thought how beautiful to go with what made us emotional and with what felt like her. When we looked at her, we thought, ‘Aww, Amadita.’ ”