"What people don't know about me is that I love being home," Mendes told Shape magazine, which features her on its April 2017 cover. "Instead of hitting the red carpet, I'd rather be with our girls."
The actress and her longtime partner are parents of Esmeralda, 2, and Amada, 11 months.
In her interview with Shape, Mendes talked about how motherhood has taken a bit of a toll on her fitness regimen.
"I have two babies now, two girls, and before I had them, I actually ran a lot more," Mendes told Shape. "I used to really love to run."
"My grandmother's name is Amada, and Esmeralda Amada is the name of our oldest," Mendes told Latina magazine last year. "We had a few names picked out for our new baby, and when she was born, we didn't feel like those names were her. We came up with a few more, even that morning, and tried them out. We were like, ‘What about Viviana?' But we just kept going back to Amada."
"We're constantly playing Cuban music," she said. "I speak to them in Spanish, and my mom speaks to Esmeralda in Spanish. Well, now she speaks to both of them in Spanish. Any time I have an opportunity to introduce her or them—I have to say ‘them' now, though my newborn just sleeps all the time—to my culture, whether it's through music, or through food, I do."