Celebrity Parents Eva Mendes Is 'Bringing Boredom Back' for Her Kids This Summer "I really feel like when we're bored — not stimulated by a phone, or an iPad, or computer or television — that's when ideas come in,” the actress shared By Stephanie Wenger Stephanie Wenger Instagram Twitter Stephanie Wenger is a TV Writer/Reporter at PEOPLE. She joined the brand in 2021 as digital news writer, spanning across the site's verticals. She previously contributed to E! Online, HollywoodLife, Discover Los Angeles, Oscar.com and Hollywood.com. She appeared on air at AfterBuzz TV. She began her journalism career as an intern at Good Morning America and Access Hollywood. She graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor's in communications and received a Master's in journalism from the University of Southern California. People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 13, 2022 06:35 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Donato Sardella/Getty Eva Mendes is ready for a summer of boredom. The 48-year-old actress opened up about the importance of her daughters — Esmeralda Amada, 7, and Amada Lee, 6 — embracing stillness after they explored London where her partner Ryan Gosling was filming this spring. "When we were in London, we went from musical to musical taking advantage of being back in the theater, we went to all kinds of museums, we went to Windsor Castle — I had a ton of field trips planned for them, which we did," she said in an interview with Byrdie, published on Wednesday. "And now I feel like it's time to bring boredom back. I'm bringing boredom back, especially for kids, but for myself as well." She added, "I really feel like when we're bored — not stimulated by a phone, or an iPad, or computer or television — that's when ideas come in. Sometimes it's fun, sometimes it's dangerous, and sometimes it's enlightening. I really want it to be the summer of boredom." Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling. Sonia Recchia/Getty Images Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes' Relationship Timeline Mendes also shared how she and Gosling, 41, hope to help their daughters be self-confident. "I think everything starts in the home — everything," she said. "So hopefully Ryan and I are doing the work by just loving them, completely loving them, and doing most of that work for them so that they grow up feeling like they're enough." Eva Mendes Wants to Return to Acting After Years-Long Hiatus but 'Won't Do Violence' or 'Sexuality' She continued, "That's the one thing that's really important to me. Because once they feel like they're enough, no matter what they do, no matter what they end up doing, that will feed into every area of your life. Especially into how attractive you feel, or any of that stuff." In an interview with Forbes last month, Mendes opened up about leading by example for her children. RELATED VIDEO: Eva Mendes Reacts to Ryan Gosling's First Character Photo from Barbie Movie: 'That's My Ken' Eva Mendes Says 'It's a Team Effort' Raising Kids with Ryan Gosling: 'No Gender-Specific Roles' "I'm not an amazing cook –– I leave that to Ryan," she shared. "Hopefully it's showing my girls that there are no gender-specific roles that one must take on and that we are partners in this and that we're all partners in this, not just Ryan and I, but our children as well." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free weekly newsletter to get the biggest news of the week delivered to your inbox every Friday. She continued, "It's a team effort every day, so if they see him and I switching off doing certain things that again aren't specific to stereotypical gender things, I think that just creates balance and harmony."