Gather round, comrades. Eva Mendes would like to clear something up. You see, there’s a reason she didn’t join her long-term partner, Ryan Gosling, on the red carpet this awards season. Because when it comes down to it, she’s just a cool, down to earth, loveable homebody! Why didn’t I think of that?

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In an interview with Shape Magazine, the 43-year-old actress admitted that being at home is one of her greatest passions. “What people don’t know about me is that I love being home,” she says. “Instead of hitting the red carpet, I’d rather be with our girls.”

Mendes and Gosling share two daughters: Esmeralda, aged 2, and Amada, 11 months.

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If she would have just said, “We are notoriously private and don’t want anybody in our business,” that would have been fine too, but whatever.