Jan 11, 2017 07:16 AM EST

Ryan Gosling And Eva Mendes: Life And Career Lessons That Couples Can Learn From The Hollywood Pair

Earlier this week, Ryan Gosling made fans swoon as he paid tribute to his “lady,” Eva Mendes, at the 2017 Golden Globes. Though the two are notoriously private about their family life, the “La La Land” actor’s speech gave viewers a glimpse into the lives of the Hollywood couple, and we can all learn something on how their relationship works.

It’s no secret that the two are experts on keeping mum about their personal lives. Mendes and Gosling are almost too good at it that the press has had nothing to say about them since they started dating in 2011. But one only needs to pick apart Ryan Gosling’s speech to get some insight on what makes this couple work in a place where relationships constantly fail.

Here are some life and career lessons that couples can learn from Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes.

Take one for the team

After winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor, Gosling said that while was singing, dancing, and trying to learn the piano for “La La Land,” Mendes was at home and looking after things so that he could have “one of the best experiences I’ve ever had on a film.”

“If she hadn’t taken all that on so that I could have this experience, it would surely be someone else up here other than me today,” he added.

Hollywood marriages usually crumble when people try to take on too much at the same time. The pressure to further one’s career while raising a family can certainly take its toll on a person, and this could lead to the end of the relationship.

But Eva Mendes has taken one for the team by sacrificing her own career in order to look after their children and help her brother fight his battle with cancer. Last year, rumors swirled that she was going to appear in this the eighth installment of “The Fast & Furious” franchise, but according to her IMDB page, her last project was 2014’s “Lost River,” which was directed by Gosling. No other movie or TV show was listed after that.

It is possible for couples can make their careers and relationships flourish by taking turns in taking one for the team. For instance, one can hold down the fort and take on a part-time job while the other is employed on a full-time basis. Couples can also avoid going on business trips at the same time so that there will always be an adult in the house.

Pursue other projects which tap into your creative nature

Though Eva Mendes is taking a hiatus from her acting career, she has pursued other projects which include a collection of affordable yet stylish clothes with New York & Company. The actress has been partners with the brand since 2013 and has recently released her 2016 winter collection.

Give your partner credit

The Golden Globes wasn’t the first time that Ryan Gosling praised his partner. Back in 2015, the actor spoke with E! Online about “Lost River” and how Mendes helped him while making the film.

“She helped like all the actors,” said Gosling. “I didn’t really direct them. I picked them because they would kind of direct me.”

Oftentimes, couples forget to thank or give their partners credit, so it’s important to acknowledge a person’s contributions to have more happiness and satisfaction in a relationship.

For more, check out Jobs & Hire’s report on why Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik could become the next power couple.

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