For one thing, Mendes has been busy raising the two daughters she has with partner Ryan Gosling: Esmeralda Amada and Amada Lee, born in 2014 and 2016, respectively. "I'm a very hands-on mom; I don't have a nanny. No matter how tired I am, I just do it," she told InStyle magazine (via Daily Mail).
Perhaps unsurprisingly, becoming a mother has made Mendes worry less about glamorous dresses and more on, you know, the important stuff. "If I'm even like, 'Oh, what should I wear? Or, should I do this project? All I have to think about is my daughter and her face, and I know the answer immediately," she said on the Today show (via Us Weekly) in 2016. "[Esmeralda is] my moral compass in a way."
Mendes' maternal sacrifice was highlighted in January 2017 when Gosling accepted the Golden Globe for his performance in La La Land. "If she hadn't have taken all that on so that I could have this experience, there would surely be someone else up here other than me today," Gosling told the crowd (via Fortune). "So, sweetheart, thank you."