Going to therapy is an important part of Eva Mendes' life.
The 41-year-old doesn’t lie back on the couch and do all the talking, though.
“I’m lucky to work with someone who doesn’t just sit there and nod her head, you know? I need to hear what you think. Tell me what’s wrong with me so I can fix it,” she added.
Besides opening up about mental wellness in the magazine, Mendes talked diet and exercise, undoubtedly responsible for the trim figure she’s showing off six months after welcoming daughter Esmerelda Amada with boyfriend Ryan Gosling.
“I haven’t eaten meat in about six years, because I don’t agree with factory farming here,” she said. “This is just what worked for me, it’s important to say, but when I cut that out I immediately felt better. And also, after a year of eliminating it, my skin looked brighter and healthier overall.”
For exercise, Mendes runs, lifts light weights, practices yoga and goes on hikes with her trainer.
As a new mother, Mendes isn’t getting much sleep, but that’s something she actually doesn’t mind. “I’m actually enjoying the sleepless nights because it’s bonding with my little girl,” she said.
Esmerelda, who was named for the character in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” is the first child for Mendes and Gosling, 34, who have been on and off since 2011.
The famously limelight-loathing couple decided “early on to give [Esmerelda] as much privacy as we could,” Mendes told Violet Grey shortly after giving birth.