The most creative thing about motherhood in your 40s: Eva Mendes

Actress Esmeralda Esmeralda shared with Hoda Kotb that she loves spending time with her daughters, Esmeralda, 7, and Amada, 6.

Though Eva Mendes has stepped away from acting to raise her two children, the mother of two feels creatively fulfilled.

On Friday, the 48-year-old sat down with TODAY's Hoda Kotb to discuss motherhood

she described it as the "most creative thing" she's ever done

"I've been an actress, a designer, etc., but the most creative thing in my life is to create life for my children," she said.

She shares two daughters with her partner Ryan Gosling: 7-year-old Esmeralda and 6-year-old Amada.

Her decision to stay at home with her children amid her acting career is a well-known secret between the two, but the mother of two proudly shared it.

Mendes, who became a mother in her 40s, said it was a blessing to be able to take a break from acting to raise her daughters.

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