LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Eva Mendes opened up about her family's love for daughter Esmeralda in a recent interview.
The 41-year-old American actress discussed the 1-year-old with Glam Belleza Latina for the magazine's fall issue. Mendes and partner Ryan Gosling welcomed Esmeralda in September 2014, and the star said her relatives monopolize the infant when they visit.
"When my mom and sisters visit, they take over the house," she revealed. "They take my baby! They start cleaning everything! They sound like a bunch of hyenas, yelling in Spanish, English, Spanglish."
"They sing all these Cuban nursery songs that I forgot my mom used to sing to me," she added. "They're like a raucous crew ... I really appreciate my family, now more than ever. I'm so happy that my little girl gets to grow up with this."
Mendes and Gosling celebrated Esmeralda's first birthday Sept. 12. Sources told Us Weekly the couple threw a "quiet and casual" party that was "more about family and close friends coming together to celebrate" than a typical celebrity child's bash.
The actress and the 34-year-old actor met on the set of The Place Beyond the Pines in 2011, but have never publicly addressed their relationship. Mendes last appeared in Gosling's directorial debut, Lost River, and the actor is next scheduled for The Nice Guys with Russell Crowe.