Eva Mendes Drops Hollywood To Build Her Cleaning Empire | Forbes

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Eva Mendes put Hollywood on hold a decade ago to raise a family with Ryan Gosling. Now the 50-year-old actress is reemerging as a cleaning-supplies entrepreneur, and dishes on why doing dishes is her happy place.

To get to this blissful place in her life—where she spends most evenings finding happiness over the kitchen sink in her Southern California home, where she lives with 43-year-old actor Ryan Gosling and their two daughters—took years of hard work, a gene she says she got from her Cuban immigrant mother. From the time Mendes was a little girl, her mom would explain that freedom is when you make your own money.

Since performing in her last movie, 2014’s “Lost River,” Mendes has become a mother, fashion designer, children’s book author and the co-owner of a successful home cleaning goods startup, Skura Style. After taking an ownership stake in 2022, Mendes has helped Skura—which was founded in 2017 by Linda Sawyer and Alison Matz—expand its marketing reach and has even dabbled in product design. Forbes estimates the business brought in $7 million in revenue last year and is on track for $20 million in 2024.

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0:00 Introduction
0:31 “Freedom is Making Your Own Money”
1:59 Becoming an Actress
3:13 Hollywood: Expectation vs. Reality
5:14 Business Isn’t Personal
6:10 Working With Ryan Gosling
6:41 Eva’s Most Challenging Role
8:10 Taking a Break from Hollywood
10:08 Motherhood is Creativity
11:19 Joining Skura Style
14:01 The Female Founder Space
15:44 What Makes Skura Style Special
18:20 Eva’s Newest Role: Co-Owner
19:26 Eva Mendes X Skura Style Collection
22:00 What’s Next for Skura Style
23:20 Eva’s Legacy

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