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Ryan Gosling’s daughters Esmerelda and Amada call him ‘Papi’

When Ryan Gosling played a Cuban “Papi” on a recent Saturday evening live sketch, it was scary good. For good reason. He has been a ‘Papi’ to his two daughters for nine years, and he just can’t get enough of it.

The autumn man actor shares 9-year-old daughter Esmerelda Amada and 8-year-old daughter Amada Lee with wife Eva Mendes, and he opened up about his life at home with his girls in a recent interview with WSJ Magazine. Gosling explained that his daughters are learning to speak Spanish, and they’ve started calling him “Papi” with sweet little accents. “It kills me every time,” Gosling told the newspaper. “There’s just nothing, Nothing better than that.”

Perhaps his love of being called ‘Papi’ by his daughters has made him hilarious SNL sketch alongside cast members Kenan Thompson and Marcello Hernández, where he played a white man who married a Cuban woman and suddenly started talking like a Cuban ‘Papi’. A skit that Mendes, Cuban-American himself, shouted on Instagram. “My Cuban Papi made this Cuban Mami so happy with this!! Years of hanging out with my dad have paid off,” she proudly wrote on Instagram as she shared a clip of the moment. We wonder if his own daughters were also proud of their “Papi”.

Gosling also talked about how he chooses his role as proud ‘Papi’ these days, explaining that he has reached a stage in his life where he is moving away from dark roles that could make him a different kind of partner and father at home. “I don’t really play roles that put me in a dark situation,” he said WSJ Magazine. “Right now I feel like reading the room at home and thinking about what will be best for all of us. The decisions I make, I make together with Eva and we make them with our family in mind first.”

This decision to focus on films that make him feel better when he’s home ultimately became a bonding experience for Gosling and his daughters, especially where his role as Ken in Barbie was concerned. Gosling’s daughters helped him learn the choreography for his Oscar-nominated song “I’m Just Ken,” so much so that he admitted Additional television that “they knew it better than I did by the time I was ready, because I had been working on it at home.”

What can he say? He is a devoted ‘Papi’.