Ryan Gosling Honors Longtime Partner Eva Mendes in Heartfelt Speech at Santa Barbara Film Festival

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Ryan Gosling, the 43-year-old actor known for his roles in films like “La La Land” and “The Place Beyond the Pines,” expressed his gratitude towards his partner Eva Mendes during his acceptance speech at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Gosling received the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at the star-studded event. In his speech, he acknowledged Mendes as the “girl of my dreams” and applauded their two children together.

Gosling acknowledged that his career in acting has allowed him to fulfill his dreams, but finding Mendes has been the most significant accomplishment in his life. He also paid tribute to the director of his upcoming film “Barbie,” Greta Gerwig, as well as actor Steve Carrell. Gosling humorously mentioned that he should have had more champagne to prepare for the unexpected speech.

The couple, who have been together for 13 years, are notoriously private and rarely make public appearances or statements about their relationship. Mendes has previously explained that she cherishes her privacy and avoids red carpet events with Gosling to protect their personal lives from public scrutiny.

Despite their commitment to privacy, Mendes occasionally shares glimpses of her relationship with Gosling on social media. In response to a fan’s comment requesting her appearance on the red carpet for Gosling’s film “Barbie,” Mendes wrote that they prefer to keep their private life separate from their public personas.

Gosling ended his speech by acknowledging his mother, Donna, for supporting his acting career and homeschooling him to help him create his own story. He recognized that his path to success was not easy but expressed gratitude for the opportunities he has had in the film industry.

Overall, Gosling’s heartfelt tribute to Mendes provided a rare glimpse into their relationship, highlighting the depth of their connection and the importance of their family.