They play on-screen love interests, but when did Ryan Gosling start romancing Eva Mendes in real life? Here’s a romantic rewind of Ryan and Eva's relationship. When Eva Mendes was cast in her latest movie A Place Beyond the Pines, she got lucky. Not only is it a great role with an amazing cast, but it also brought her closer with Ryan Gosling. Although the two had met briefly before filming, they spent weeks together while filming Pines in Schenectady, New York, two summers ago. Ryan and Eva play love interests in the movie who have a child together (although Eva has said she doesn't want children in real life).