Actor Ryan Gosling is "very lucky" to have Eva Mendes and their daughter Esmeralda in his life.

Gosling says his The Place Beyond the Pines co-star is his ideal woman and he is equally smitten with their 16-month-old daughter, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

“My biggest investment is my family,” Gosling told HELLO! Magazine.

“I’m with the person I’m supposed to be with – I’m not looking for anything else beyond Eva – and I feel very lucky that we have a beautiful, healthy daughter, who is an angel. That’s investment enough for me,” he added.