10 Famous Latinas Who Have Prioritized Career Over Kids

Earlier this year, a scientific paper titled In Defense of Parenthood cited data suggesting that being a parent makes people happier. Claro, that makes sense.

In August, however, another study forthcoming in Psychology Science re-analyzed the same data, this time taking into account a parent’s income and whether the parent was single or married. The results made it clear that parenthood brought joy–but only to dads.

Working moms, stay-at-home moms and single moms spent more time worried, frustrated and stressed. That research along with the challenge women face returning to the workforce after having babies, it’s no surprise that there’s a new wave of famous Latinas saying, “Mama? Yo no!

1. Career of Kids: Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria

Even though the 38-year-old Desperate Housewives alum comes from a big family, she does not feel the pressure to fill up her own household with kids.

"I'm not one of those women who are like, 'I must procreate!'" Longoria said on Access Hollywood Live recently. "I think kids are a product of love. So if you find the right person and you want to have a family with that person, then that's when the time is right. But... if I'm 50 and single, I'm not going to go do it myself."

So what is keeping the recently single Longoria occupied? She is producing two TV projects: a comedy about a sex therapist and a mother-daughter lawyer drama.


2. Career of Kids: Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes

The Cuban-American actress recently admitted that her current beau Ryan Gosling would make a good dad.

‘He’s really good (with children),” she told The Sun. “It was adorable to see him in that light.”

As adorable as it might have been seeing Ryan Gosling canoodling a baby, Mendes has other priorities than becoming a mom. As an actress she wants to pursue more roles like her recent work in The Place Beyond the Pines, in which she shared the screen with Gosling.

“This is the type of role that I’ve worked my whole career for,” the 39-year-old told NBCLatino.


3. Career of Kids: Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz

In 2010, Cameron Diaz spoke in defense of women who did not want to have kids, citing shifting views of womanhood and a concern of overpopulation.

“I think women are afraid to say that they don’t want children because they’re going to get shunned,” she told Cosmo UK. “But I think that’s changing too now. I have more girlfriends who don’t have kids than those that do. And honestly? We don’t need any more kids. We have plenty of people on this planet.”

Diaz was more ambiguous and perhaps a bit tongue-in-cheek when she talked about having kids of her own.

“I never say never. I don’t know what's going to happen. I could end up adopting half a dozen kids, or I could end up being the next ‘octomom.’”


4. Career of Kids: Zoe Saldana

Zoë Saldaña

The actress and our April cover star admits to feeling pressure from her Dominican family to start having children but would rather follow her instinct to keep making movies.

“You have to follow your own pace and not do anything because society or culture or religion dictates,” she told Access Hollywood Live.

The recently married Star Trek star can be seen next onscreen in the controversial role of Nina Simone.


5. Career of Kids: Kate del Castillo

Kate Del Castillo

In 2011, the telenovela star made her point that just because she got married did not mean she was ready to become a mom.

“Being a mother seems like a very big responsibility and one that I am not sure I would like to take,” she told InStyle Mexico.

The following year Castillo re-affirmed her non-maternal tendencies in an interview with journalist Adela Micha.

I have never had that maternal thing in me and I am maternal with my friends, with my boyfriend, with my family, but I have never had the desire to be a mom and it’s not something that worries me,” the actress said.


6. Career of Kids: Melonie Diaz

Melonie Diaz

The 29-year-old actress told Latina.com in 2008 that she “can’t even imagine what it’s like” to be a mom.

So how does the Nuyorican actress research her motherly roles like in her recent performance in the critically acclaimed Fruitvale Station? Well, she turns to her friends for a little insight.

“With my girlfriends, it’s like their kids are their world,” she said.


7. Career of Kids: Michelle Rodriguez

Michelle Rodriguez

The Fast & Furious actress has taken a more open approach when it comes to the subject of children. When asked by RadarOnline whether she was planning to have kids any time soon, Rodriguez responded:

“Well, I just stopped smoking, so I’m preparing myself for the moment. I don’t know if it’s gonna happen,” she said. “It’s not a planned thing right now, but I’m definitely preparing. The whole thing is not reading the future, but definitely preparing for options.”


8. Career of Kids: Adrienne Bailon

Adrienne Bailon

Now that the former Cheetah Girl is almost 30, she is starting to get some rather invasive advice.

“People are telling me to start freezing my eggs and it sounds crazy to me,” the 29-year-old star told CocoFab.

Even though Bailon does not have any children of her own, she is playing part-time mommy.

“I’m currently in a relationship with a man who has kids and that makes things interesting.”

Bailon discussed issues facing young women on a new summer roundtable talk show The Real.


9. Career of Kids: Rocsi Diaz

Rocsi Diaz

In 2012, Diaz left her co-hosting gig at BET’s 106 & Park to focus on other projects, but having kids was certainly not one of them.

“I think that in this day and age of Hollywood and entertainment you kind of have to be a multi hyphenate, she told The New York Post in July 2012. “I love radio, I love television, hosting, and acting is just a new chapter in my life.”

The former Latina.com music blogger is now a host at Entertainment Tonight.


10. Career of Kids: Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson

Even though children are not in the immediate horizon for the Explicit Ills actress, she recently told FoxNews that she has a unique plan on how to discipline them.

“I think licking is a really great way of disciplining your child. It’s definitely a lot better than screaming at them,” said the 29-year-old star. “My mom did it to me for punishment, she loves to say that I came [from her] so she can do anything that she wants to me in public. If I was acting out or talking up or just being a precocious child as I was she would lick me and my face in front of all her friends.”