Eva Mendes loses her ''ability to speak'' when she's asked about Ryan Gosling.

The 39-year-old actress insisted she was ''shutting down'' after a reported questioned her on her relationship with the 'Gangster Squad' star.

Asked about her romance with Ryan, she responded: ''I'm sorry. I'm shutting down.

''I'm such a weirdo. I literally lose my ability to speak - and you were doing so well.''

However Eva, 39, did respond to speculation the couple were planning to get married and start a family before her next birthday, insisting she tries to ignore gossip about her own life.

She told The Edit magazine: ''I live in a very protective kind of bubble that I've created for myself.''

Eva has always remained tight-lipped about her relationship with her 'The Place Beyond the Pines' co-star, previously insisting while she doesn't mind being asked, she ''won't answer'' questions about their love life.

She had said: ''You can ask about my boyfriend. I just won't answer.''

Eva also noted her mother tries to keep track of her private life by searching for stories about her online, but she's been trying to urge her to avoid using search engines to ''keep track''.

She previously noted: ''The way my mother keeps track of me is looking me up. I say, 'Please, mother, don't Google me!' ''