Actress Eva Mendes has stated that she has “never quit acting” after a number of headlines claimed she had officially quit Hollywood.
The 48-year-old posted a collation of articles to her Instagram which said she stopped acting altogether, but the Hitch star says they aren’t true.
“I wanted to be home with my babies and fortunately my other business ventures allowed me to do that more than acting would,” Mendes wrote, referring to her two daughters, Esmerelda, 8, and Amada, 6, who she shares with husband Ryan Gosling.
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“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,’ she wrote.
“What’s the point of this post? To shift that narrative. I never quit.”
Mendes’ last acting credit was in the 2015 film Lost River, which was directed by her husband. She did, however, lend her voice to an episode of ABC’s Bluey in 2021.
Fellow actors like Teresa Palmer could relate to Mendes’ statement.
“Love this so much!! And I can relate! I often hear similar things,” palmer wrote in the comments of the post.
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Fans also offered their support for Mendes’ decision in the comment section.
“By the time your babies are grown and you return there will be a new generation of women writers writing better roles,” one assured.
“And you are doing the best job ever! In the end, those babies will have memories that no amount of screen time could replace,” said another.
“Why do we still try to shame mothers for wanting to be mothers?” another questioned, “If we all had the financial means to take a break while our children are small to be present every single day, wouldn’t we? I know I would. Good for you Eva!!”
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