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Ryan Gosling gives sweet public shout-out to Eva Mendes and daughters during star-studded SNL appearance

The The Fall Guy actor hosted Saturday Night Live for the third time

Ryan Gosling arriving at the 2024 Oscars Nominees Luncheon Red Carpet at the  The Beverly Hilton Hotel  in Beverly Hills , CA, Monday, Feb. 12, 2024
Beatriz Colon
Beatriz Colon - New York
New York WriterNew York
14 April 2024
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It may have been past his daughters' bedtime, but Ryan Gosling still took some time during his Saturday Night Live gig to give Eva Mendes and their daughters a sweet shout-out.

On April 13, the The Fall Guy actor returned to long-running comedy show for his third round as host, alongside musical guest Chris Stapleton.

After a night spent trying not to break character due to laughter during skits and full of surprise appearances from Emily Blunt and SNL alum Kate McKinnon to college basketball star Caitlin Clark, the doting dad capped off the night with a nod to his girls.

Taking to the stage along with the SNL crew to bid farewell to the audience, Ryan then declared: "Eva, Ezzy, Ama, I love you," seemingly revealing his nicknames for his daughters Esmeralda Amada, nine, and Amada Lee, seven.

And while Eva has in the past supported Ryan from behind-the-scenes, as she did for his epic performance at the Oscars, it does appear she stayed back in their California home while he was in New York.

Ahead of her love's SNL appearance, she took to Instagram to share a photo of herself scrunching up her face, and wrote: "[Friday] mood when I realize I'm technically working this weekend."

Chris Stapleton, host Ryan Gosling, and Sarah Sherman during SNL Promos in Studio 8H on Tuesday, April 11, 2024© Getty
Chris and Ryan with SNL cast member Sarah Sherman

Eva and Ryan – who have never addressed whether they are married – met in 2011 while working on the set of crime thriller The Place Beyond the Pines, and have been together ever since.

MORE: Eva Mendes gets emotional as she talks about losing her late brother and giving birth to Amada in bittersweet moment

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Though the notoriously private couple has not made a public appearance together since promoting their 2012 film, Ryan doesn't shy away from publicly expressing his love for his family during his own public appearances.

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes at a red carpet event© Getty
Eva and Ryan don't make public appearances together

Earlier this year, when he was honored at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival with the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film, Ryan stepped up to the stage to give his own toast, which he also capped off with a tribute to his family.

MORE: Eva Mendes reveals daughters' honest thoughts on her at-home personality as she talks decision to stop acting

Eva Mendes, Ryan Gosling at 'The Place Beyond the Pines' film premiere, New York, America - 28 Mar 2013© Dave Allocca/Starpix/REX/Shutterstock
The couple lives in California

Noting how his career in film led him to finding love with Eva, he said: "Most importantly, I got to meet the girl of my dreams, Eva Mendes, and have two dream children."

He continued: "I dreamed of making movies and now movies have made my life a dream," before concluding with: "No way I have contributed half as much to cinema as cinema has given to me."

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