Eva Mendes insists she NEVER quit acting – but wanted to be at home with her children instead

Eva Mendes has certainly told her fans that she never stopped acting after years of not appearing in Hollywood blockbusters.

The Cuban-American actress, 48, was best known for her performances on the side Will Smith in Hitch and with Nicholas Cage in Ghost Rider.

But a semi-hiatus from 2013 to 2021 saw the Latin American model do just three stints in film and TV, leaving fans wondering what had happened to her career.

Setting the record straight: Eva Mendes has definitely told her fans that she never stopped acting after years of not appearing in Hollywood blockbusters (pictured in 2019)

Setting the record straight: Eva Mendes has definitely told her fans that she never stopped acting after years of not appearing in Hollywood blockbusters (pictured in 2019)

She has now revealed exactly why she hasn’t performed much over the past decade, telling her 2.9 million followers on Instagram: ‘I never stopped performing.’

The 48-year-old, who is married and shares two children with Hollywood star Ryan Gosling, 41, posted a video showing various articles from various news sites saying she was ‘quitting acting’.

The star set the record straight, writing: ‘I wanted to be home with my babies and luckily my other business ventures allowed me to do that more than acting would.’

She then went on to explain that her break was partly due to the ‘stereotypical roles’ that were offered to her.

Prior to her voice character work in the 2021 animated series Bluey, Mendes last starred in a film starring a cabaret show performer with her husband Gosling’s directorial debut, Lost River.

Hay day: The Cuban-American actress, 48, was best known for her performances alongside Will Smith in Hitch (pictured) and with Nicholas Cage in Ghost Rider

Hay day: The Cuban-American actress, 48, was best known for her performances alongside Will Smith in Hitch (pictured) and with Nicholas Cage in Ghost Rider

The couple began dating in 2011, not long before they starred together in the 2012 American crime drama film The Place Beyond the Pines.

They share two daughters together – Esmeralda Amada, eight, and Amada Lee, six.

Mendes continued: ‘I also wasn’t keen on the stereotypical roles that were being offered to me at the time. Especially after working on the film LOST RIVER – it was a dream project.

‘It’s a tough act to follow.

Reveal: She has now revealed exactly why she hasn't acted much over the past decade, telling her 2.9 million followers on Instagram: 'I never stopped acting'

Reveal: She has now revealed exactly why she hasn’t acted much over the past decade, telling her 2.9 million followers on Instagram: ‘I never stopped acting’

‘What is the point of this post? To shift that narrative. I never stop.’

The post may have fans wondering if there are other projects in the works for Mendes.

When she spoke to The View in May of this year, he dismissed the message that she is very specific in her choice of work.

She said: I have such a short list of what I want to do. Like before kids, I was kind of up for anything—I mean, if it was a fun project.

‘But now I don’t want to do violence, I don’t want to do sexuality, I don’t want to do… the list is short.’

Last week, the Hollywood star and her family traveled to Australia. She’s Down Under as part of a McHappy Day charity campaign while her husband Ryan films The Fall Guy.

The Fall Guy is expected to shoot in Sydney and NSW and will inject $244 million into the Australian economy.

The actress, who is currently in Australia with husband Ryan Gosling (right), was spotted at a popular outdoor playground with her lookalike daughter Esmeralda, eight

The actress, who is currently in Australia with husband Ryan Gosling (right), was spotted at a popular outdoor playground with her lookalike daughter Esmeralda, eight

Eva was announced as the McHappy Day National Ambassador a few days ago.

“McHappy Day is a wonderful way for Australians to support RMHC and families of seriously ill and injured children,” Eva said.

Eva was previously a national ambassador for 2020, but in a virtual capacity as border controls meant she couldn’t visit Down Under.

Eva will appear on McHappy Day on November 19.

McHappy Day is a fundraiser that provides emergency care and accommodation near hospitals to children and their families undergoing treatment.

The star is familiar with the organization after her cousin’s baby was sick with neuroblastoma cancer and the family had to move from Los Angeles to New York.

“I know from personal experience how important it is when there’s a sick family member and they need care and the family needs to stay together,” she said.

Support: Eva was announced as a McHappy Day National Ambassador in September, a fundraiser that provides emergency aid to children and their families undergoing treatment

Support: Eva was announced as a McHappy Day National Ambassador in September, a fundraiser that provides emergency aid to children and their families undergoing treatment

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