Eva Mendes wants to "set an example" for her daughters with the acting roles she takes on.

The actress last made an appearance in a Hollywood film when she starred in her partner Ryan Gosling's 2014 movie Lost River.

Since becoming a mother, her absence from the screen hasn't gone unnoticed by fans, one of whom took to Instagram to question the multi-talented star on when she will next be seen in a feature.

"When can we the fans going to see u in some new movies @evamendes (sic)," the fan wrote.

To which the 45-year-old replied: "hi! When there's something worthwhile to be apart of.

"As a mother now, there are many roles I won't do. There are many subject matters that I don't want to be involved with, so it limits my choices and I'm fine with that. I have to set an example for my girls now. But no worry, I got some side hustles. Ha! Thanks for asking. All the best for 2020."

Eva shares two daughters - Esmeralda, five, and Amada, three - with Ryan.

And while she hasn't done much acting in recent years, the star has turned her hand to designing collections for New York & Company - all of which have been incredibly successful.