Eva Mendes is fed up of being judged for her looks so has made a conscious decision to choose roles where she can look as scruffy as possible
Eva Mendes likes to look ugly on set. The sultry star is known as one of the sexiest women in the world, but she has made a conscious decision to try and appear as raw and unattractive as possible on screen in a bid to land more gritty and interesting roles.
She told The Guardian newspaper: “I just made a decision. I said, ‘I am not working with the Mike Leigh’s of the world and I want to. When it comes to being an actress I actually really love coming from a very raw place.
“Any opportunity I get to not wear make-up on set, I take. I really don’t care about looking beautiful in a film unless I have to for the character.
“I don’t check playback, I dint even know anything about lighting. I love anything that gets me closer to the role. So I needed to turn down those things that could possibly pigeonhole me.”
Eva has recently shunned action sequels and romantic comedies for new drama ‘The Place Beyond The Pines’ – in which she stars opposite real-life boyfriend Ryan Gosling – and she felt she could bring real depth and drama to the part of struggling single mother Romina because she grew up in a similarly deprived environment.
She recalls telling director Derek Cianfrance: “I just said, ‘Hey, I would love to drive you around and talk about Romina and show you where I grew up and draw the parallels there. I think that would probably best serve the character at this point.’ “