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Eva Mendes Says Ryan Gosling Is Always in Awe of Her New York Company Clothing Line

Eva Mendes Says Ryan Gosling Is Always in Awe of Her New York Company Clothing Line

With each new clothing collection actress and designer Eva Mendes creates, her number one fan is always her longtime love, Ryan Gosling.

“Ryan is incredibly supportive and he’s always in awe,” Mendes tells PEOPLE exclusively about Gosling’s support of her New York & Company clothing line.

The Hitch actress has been designing with the brand for six years now, and Gosling still has to remind Mendes of her hard work.

“He makes me realize that is actually a lot of work,” Mendes adds. “I have so much fun doing it, that I don’t really realize.”

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He also gives his input on his favorite pieces. “He’s been loving the pants I’ve been doing,” she says. “I’ve been getting into pants more, especially soft pants like joggers.”

When she’s looking for inspiration in the design process, Mendes always turns to the women in her family.

“Ryan’s mom, Ryan’s sister, my mom, my sisters, my grandma are all my fashion guinea pigs,” Mendes explains. “Nobody is going to be more honest than family, and our family is very honest. It’s something I really appreciate because when designing something, you need real feedback.”

“And then of course when you see your family in one of your dresses, your creations, it’s beautiful, because you know they’re not doing you any favors,” she adds.

Mendes also is inspired by vintage items worn by her mother when she’s thinking up new designs.

“I’m totally emotional about clothes,” she says. “I use my own memories and photographs of my family to create clothes. I’ll randomly text or email at 4 in the morning and say, ‘We need to recreate this silk jogger pant with this silk bow blouse, please! My mom wore something like this in the ’80s.’”

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Of course, her day-to-day life helps inspire pieces as well. As a mother to two daughters, Amada Lee, 3, and Esmeralda Amada, 5, the actress relies on jogger sweatpants and T-shirts for everyday, and loves wearing dresses and heels for date nights with Gosling.

“The other night, I went out wearing my mini dress from the fall col

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Viola Davis Always Tries to Be Honest with Daughter Genesis I Don’t Try to Make Her Perfect

Viola Davis Always Tries to Be Honest with Daughter Genesis I Don’t Try to Make Her Perfect

Being a mom means everything to Viola Davis.

Her love for her daughter Genesis, 8, with her husband, actor Julius Tennon, 65, “surpasses anything that I could want from the material world,” she tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s cover story. “I empower her to understand that she has to count it all as joy. Even her mistakes, her failures, her triumphs, what she looks like, all of it. That’s all a part of her loving herself, even if none of those things change.”

Davis often draws upon her own upbringing in Central Falls, Rhode Island., amidst poverty to keep Genesis grounded. And she doesn’t hide her truth. “I feel like I’m the mom who has the courage to share her story with her daughter,” the actress says.

For more of Viola Davis’ exclusive interview, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

She’s also honest when it comes to the decisions Genesis will make in life. “I tell her that she’s going to make some big old mistakes, and that Mommy is not going to have the answers, and sometimes you’re not either,” Davis adds. “I’m the mom who says, ‘You’re good enough wherever you are, but there’s going to be times when you don’t feel good enough.’ I’m not the mom who’s just going to tell her a bunch of lies about life, because I want her to be the best woman in the room.”

The How to Get Away With Murder star— who was just named the new face of L’Oreal Paris —  now strives to teach her daughter “that beauty is from within. I mean, we’ve got to get past physical beauty, selfies, even though of course I’ve taken a selfie in my day,” she says. “But I always say, ‘Genesis, your heart and your head are the two most important parts of you.’ The physical falls away. The things that you can take with you that really are of value have nothing to do with the physical. And she knows that.”

Keeping Genesis grounded “means I make her clean her room, take care of her fish. I don’t shelter her,” Davis adds. “I just tell her she’s worth it. Even if I’m combing her hair, and she’s crying. … She does not have to be a perfect little girl. There’s no such thing. It’s okay to be vulnerable, and there’s strength in vulnerability.”

More than anything, Davis wants her daughter to understand the importance of taking care of herself. “I don’t want her

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Why Taylor Swift Is Comfortable Singing — but Not Talking — About Her Relationship with Joe Alwyn

Why Taylor Swift Is Comfortable Singing — but Not Talking — About Her Relationship with Joe Alwyn

Taylor Swift keeps her relationship with Joe Alwyn under wraps, but that doesn’t mean she won’t sing about him.

The couple has been dating for almost three years, and Swift’s romance with Alwyn, 28, inspired many of the lyrics within Lover, Swift’s seventh studio album that dropped last month.

In the Target special edition of her album, the star also confirmed in a diary entry that the two began secretly dating in the fall of 2016.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the 29-year-old musician explained that she feels more comfortable putting her feelings for Alwyn into song, rather than talking about them in an interview.

“Singing about something helps you to express it in a way that feels more accurate,” Swift explained. “You cannot, no matter what, put words in a quote and have it move someone the same way as if you heard those words with the perfect sonic representation of that feeling.”

“There is that weird conflict in being a confessional songwriter and then also having my life, you know, 10 years ago, be catapulted into this strange pop-culture thing,” she added.

While she’s apparently happier than ever with Alwyn, Swift told Rolling Stone that she doesn’t feel like she needs to start drawing inspiration from other sources outside of her personal life.

“I don’t feel like that yet,” she said. “I think I might feel like that possibly when I have a family. If I have a family … I don’t know why I said that! But that’s what I’ve heard from other artists, that they were very protective of their personal life, so they had to draw inspiration from other things. But again, I don’t know why I said that. Because I don’t know how my life is going to go or what I’m going to do. But right now, I feel like it’s easier for me to write than it ever was.”

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Besides Lover, Alwyn was also referenced in Swift’s 2017 album Reputation, which she refers to now as a “love story.”

“It was a love story in amongst chaos,” Swift told Rolling Stone of the record. “All the weaponized sort of metallic battle anthems were what was going on outside. That was the battle raging on that I could see from the windows, and then there was

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