Don’t mess with Ryan Gosling’s girlfriend, Eva Mendes.
The Post reports that the pair, in town for the premiere of their new movie, “The Place Beyond the Pines,” were at the Bowery Hotel Friday when a fashion photographer who had recently shot Mendes saw her and shouted, “Hey, baby!”
“Ryan completely flipped out, and it got heated,” says an eyewitness. “Ryan got in the guy’s face and said, ‘Who are you calling baby?’ Eva had to jump in and calm everyone down before it came to fisticuffs. Ryan then made nice and shook the guy’s hand.”
The couple, who quietly have been dating since September, worked to keep their privacy intact the night before during a Svedka-sponsored party for the flick, also at the hotel. Gosling brought his mother as his date and arrived and left separately from Mendes, says a source, with the actress turning up at the bash 45 minutes later than the rest of the cast.
“I didn’t see Eva and Ryan interact once,” says the spy. “They stayed at opposite ends of the room from one another.”
Gosling’s rep didn’t get back to us.