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Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, The Place Beyond the Pines

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In a rare moment, fiercely protective first-time dad Ryan Gosling gushed about his child—and the beloved partner helping him through his new world of parenting. 

During an interview with Hello! Canadathe Ontario-born movie star talked holiday festivities with his 1-year-old daughter, Esmeralda Amada Gosling.

"This will be our first Christmas where [Esmeralda is] sort of taking it all in, so that's exciting," he told the magazine. 

Gosling welcomed his daughter into the world a year ago in September when his girlfriend, Hollywood actress and model Eva Mendes gave birth after E! News confirmed she was already seven months pregnant. If there's one couple who knows how to keep the public guessing about their private lives, it's certainly these two.

In regard to his stunning partner, Gosling is more than content with the woman in his life. 

"I know that I'm with the person I'm supposed to be with," he said.  

But, what does it take to nab the accomplished actor's affections? "That she's Eva Mendes," Gosling said of the one quality he searches for in a woman. "There's nothing else I'm looking for."

While he may be head over heels for his girlfriend of four years, there are still certain things about her that gets under his skin—namely her taste in music. 

"She's obsessed with the Hanson Christmas album!," he revealed. "No disrespect to Hanson, they're very talented kids, but I think I've heard that record enough. I'm sure it will be on a loop this Christmas as well."