“Flashing back to one of my favorite scenes from A Place Beyond the Pines,” the Hitch star, 45, wrote of the clip via Instagram on Friday, June 28.
The scene shows a bleached blond, tattooed Gosling, now 38, portraying stuntman Luke Glaston, as he revs up a motorcycle while holding his onscreen baby with ex-lover Romina Gutierrez (Mendes), who snuggles in close for a family photo.
The notoriously private fashion designer has been more vocal about her spouse of three years as of late: In April, she confessed that having children wasn’t something she thought about prior to being introduced to her love on the set of their shared 2012 movie.
“[Kids were] the furthest thing from my mind,” she told Women’s Health in May 2019. “Ryan Gosling happened. I mean, falling in love with him. Then it made sense for me to have … not kids, but his kids. It was very specific to him.”
Mendes also gushed about the Oscar nominee on a May 20 appearance on The Talk. “I was never one of those women who really wanted children, and then I fell in love with Ryan,” she said. “I was like, ‘Oh, I get it. I don’t want children, I want your children. I want your babies.”
The Ghost Rider star gave birth to the pair’s first daughter, Esmerelda, 4, in September 2014. In May 2016, daughter Amada, 3, followed — the same year Us Weekly confirmed that Mendes and Gosling had secretly tied the knot.
Mendes’ openness is a change of pace for the pair. As a source told Us in November, “You’re not going to see them out on the town or hanging with other celebrities very often.”
The insider noted that much of their closed-off lifestyle is a result of the La La Land actor’s desire to keep his personal life under wraps. “Ryan wants to keep his private life out of the public’s reach … [but he] is completely infatuated with Eva. His main goal is to make her happy.”