Eva Mendes appreciates her family more since becoming a mother.

The 41-year-old actress, who has 12-month-old daughter Esmeralda with boyfriend Ryan Gosling, feels very lucky that their little girl is surrounded by strong female role models, including her mother and sisters.

The Mexican beauty said: ''It's incredible. I really appreciate my family, now more than ever. I'm so happy that my little girl gets to grow up with this.

''When my mom and sisters visit, they take over the house. They take my baby! They start cleaning everything! They sound like a bunch of hyenas, yelling in Spanish, English, Spanglish. They sing all these Cuban nursery songs that I forgot my mom used to sing to me. They're like a raucous crew.''

Meanwhile, the ''Hitch' star admits she is addicted to Instagram and loves connecting with her real fans.

She told the Glam Belleza Latina magazine's 2015 Fall issue: ''That is 100 percent me. It actually breaks my heart when I can't respond. I love connecting with women; it's fun for me. I come from a huge family of women and I'm super close to the girlfriends I've had since I was 12 years old.''

Eva also appreciates feedback about her self-titled fashion line from her followers.

She said: ''I was in a New York & Company design meeting recently, and I was unsure about a print. I decided to ask for feedback on Instagram. One lady said, 'It depends on how it falls on the body.' So we looked at it and said, 'You know what? She's totally right, because if this leaf falls by the boob, it's going to be weird.' ''