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Eva in Vogue

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

 

 Eva Mendes Boob NipSlip

 

Eva Mendes has always loved fashion and as a spokesperson / model for Calvin Klein, she is not thrilled about the latest banning of a recent commercial that was set to air, which she shot for several weeks ago.  She believes that nudity is an expression of passion, love not necessarily always sex.  Her recent comment “I love my country, but I believe that we are too quick to censor nudity,” explains her true feeling about herself “We seem okay with violence, but nudity we race to criticize and censor. I’m not at all ashamed or frightened about showing my body,” Mendes expresses in the latest November issue of Vogue’s Spanish edition. 

When asked about how she really feels about being considered a sex symbol, she says “I love it, but it’s not important to me to always be thought of as sexy. I like it when it doesn’t limit my career. It’s a part of my life, but on a secondary plane.”  She always tells Vogue her secrets about her image and how she gets her perfect figure.  Mendes is not lazy and just basically watches what she eats and exercises regularly.  “I try not to go crazy, but yes, I pay attention to what I eat,” she says.  “I try to stay away from pasta, bread, cakes, sweets, cookies and ice cream.”  I think I hear that comment from all the stars.   

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Eva Mendes “We Own the Night” Interview

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

Eva Mendes We Own the Night 

 

When “We Own the Night” came out, Eva Mendes did a ton of interviews, this one from Brigid Brown at Hollywood.com was my favorite. 

Eva Mendes is the type of actress you see on screen and you think to yourself, “”She’s totally beautiful, yet she’s that kind of clever, easygoing girl you’d want as a friend.”" It turns out … she is! Eva has the striking looks you’d expect from young Hollywood, but a genial approachability that puts people at ease. Apparently she made a similar first impression on We Own the Night director James Gray, resulting in him casting her, after seeing her for a mere few minutes on a talk show.

What Gray saw in Mendes was a sensitivity and self-awareness–both ideal qualities for the role of Amada, which she plays opposite Joaquin Phoenix’s volatile Bobby Green, a suspect Brighton Beach club owner. As Bobby’s loyal girlfriend, Amanda is unprepared for the deep sacrifices she will have to make in order to maintain their relationship.

Eva stands alone, but stands tall, as the only female in an all-male cast in We Own the Night, a family crime thriller set in 1980s New York costarring Mark Wahlberg and Robert Duvall as two decorated NYPD cops who turn to the black sheep of their family, Bobby, for help.

Taking on this pivotal role, Mendes has successfully side-stepped her self-predicted fate of being slotted for “”cheesy, horror films.”" Hollywood.com sat down with Eva for some girl talk, and here’s what she had to say:

Hollywood.com: James Gray said he cast you after seeing you in an interview.

HW: But you initially said no to this script.

Eva: James Gray sent me the script and I said no for a year. I thought it was a great script, yet I thought the character [Amanda] needed work. She was a little victim-y and a kind of a “”girlfriend”" role–and I don’t want to play a girlfriend role. He was so great because he was like, “”I totally understand what you’re saying, I’ll work on it, and we’ll work on it together.”" He kept in touch throughout the year, and then a year later he gave me a script and it was better.

HW: Such determination!

Eva: I just loved his tenacity. He said you’ve gotta do this movie, there’s nobody else, it’s you and Joaquin [Phoenix]. And I said, “”OK, you know what, I like this guy. I like that he feels this way about me.”" It doesn’t happen that often when people fight for you and really want you even when you don’t want them. So I did it and I’ve got to tell you, it was the best experience I’ve had in my career. It was literally the best experience.

HW: Needless to say, you’re happy you stuck with James on this?

Eva: That really sparked me and ignited me–just being so in it and going to a darker place and being so vulnerable. I really just enjoyed this experience so wholeheartedly.

HW: Your character plays such a pivotal role in the film. What did you do to add depth to the character?

Eva: Joaquin and I, we were like, it’s not about the lines here, it’s about how we interact with each other, what we do between the lines, and how we react to one another. You’ve got to feel like these people are really in love. It’s not just some girlfriend that you have for six months.

HW: How easy or difficult was it for you to work on your relationship with Joaquin? In an earlier interview he said he was shy.

Eva: He said he was shy? He just did a cha-cha dance on the Today Show this morning! He’s hysterical. He kind of is shy in a weird way. He’s beautiful because he doesn’t walk into a room–he’s not one of those guys like, ‘Hey, hey, what’s going on.’ He’s quiet and subtle, but he has that crazy energy that I have as well.

HW: Some actresses shy away from being cast in ethnic roles, in this case it’s playing Puerto Rican. Is this a concern for you at all?

Eva: No. everything and anything for me it’s about the material and about the role and about the people I’m working opposite. Even if you have a great script, but you’re working opposite some rinky-dink actor, you’re only going to be as good as him.

HW: Do you find it hard to find substantial roles?

Eva: Absolutely. A lot of times people ask me, oh the lack of roles for Latina actresses in Hollywood, and absolutely. But let’s just start with this: there’s a lack of roles for women. I guess that’s why a lot of women actresses turn to producing, because that’s one way we can not sit home and just complain about it with our girlfriends. We can go out there and be proactive about it.

HW: What’s next for you?

Eva: I just finished something called The Women. It’s really cool–it’s a remake of a George Cukor film, all women in the cast. I did the Joan Crawford role, so I’m going to get a lot of crap for that one when that comes out. In no way did I try to be her, or mimic what she did. It’s a modern take on The Women. It’s awesome! It’s me, Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Jada Pinkett Smith, Debra Messing, Candice Bergen, Bette Midler–really fun.

HW: What was it like working with such talented actresses in The Women?

Eva: It was really cool. I’ve got to tell you the funny part. I do We Own the Night and I’m pretty much the only girl in the movie. I go every day and there’s guy–I’m not complaining, I got Phoenix and Wahlberg there and Duvall … I went to rehearsals and I didn’t really care, I didn’t look like a slob, but I would just go in my sweats and whatever, my little cap. Cut to: rehearsals for The Women. There’s all chicks, right? Everybody’s looking fine! We have our cutest little sundresses on; we have our little jewelry. The whole first 15 minutes of our rehearsal session, I was like, ‘Jada! Where’d you get that scarf?’ and ‘Annette, where’d you get that necklace?’ It was so hysterical. Another confirmation that we dress for each other. We really do. But we were also there for each other.

HW: Speaking of appearances, I love the part in the film where Joaquin and Mark fight, and Joaquin barks, “”Look at your ugly wife and my beautiful girlfriend!”"

Eva: That’s a crazy line! You know why? When he said that, I was like, “”Oooh!”" Because that’s real, when two brothers go at it and you get to that ugly place–and you call each other out on that ugly that you would never say. That just reminded me of home. When you fight with your siblings and you go for the jugular. I just thought Joaquin and Mark were great in that scene. I was like, I don’t want to see that, that’s like my family or something.

HW: Amanda is such a powerful role. Where did you find your motivation to play her?

Eva: It’s just about the people you work with and trusting them so you’re totally open and available, emotionally open and vulnerable. Again, with a co-star like Joaquin, he made me feel safe every day. But he would push me at the same time. Him and James, they knew they could push me, and they would push me, but it was like being pushed, but knowing there’s a safety net. It’s why we love our friends so much, because they’re there for us, and they’ve got our backs. When that happens in work–and you can find that–it’s invaluable.

 

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Eva Mendes on the Cover of Shape Magazine!

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

Eva Mendes in Shape 

 

Eva Mendes has discovered a healthier way of living and has shared her advice in the March issue of Shape.  Eva use to eat a lot of junk food and believe or not, never stepped foot inside the gym.  After realizing the pounds were not going to work themselves off of her body, she turned to Halle Berry for some advice.  Halle Berry is extremely fit and suggested that Eva meet with fitness coach Harley Pasternak, who has formerly trained Halle for her role in the film, Catwoman. With the help of her new trainer, Eva has toned her body and dropped pounds.  Check, out Shape magazine on the stands to get Eva’s secrets!  

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My Review of Ghost Rider

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Marvel Comics made a smokin’ Ghost Rider out of Nicolas Cage and thrilled the audience with its amazing special effects.  In the film, Eva Mendes plays the love of Johnny Blaze’s (Nicolas Cage) life, but unfortunately they cannot be together because Blaze makes a deal with the devil to save his father and ends up picking his father over love which turns into a big mistake. 

He grows up performing unbelievable stunts and crashes several times along the way, but is always able to walk away with no broken bones.  On the day that beautiful Mendes comes back into his life, she interviews Blaze and the sparks fly all over again between the two of them.

Johnny Blaze ends up pulling off the flaming skull for a head and really looks like a “ghost rider”.  The film was a huge success and made $52 million on the first weekend.  The Ghost Rider plot has a great story line and is very similar to comics.  I would recommend the movie to anyone.        

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Acting the Passion and the Dream

Sunday, August 6th, 2006

The universe and all of history is your classroom

It takes a very strong and dedicated person to pursue a career in acting. After all, you are doing it because you love it. You couldn’t imagine doing anything else. And of course, not many people will understand this. Some people cannot understand why anyone would want to do something with such an unpredictable future. But you know it is you future, it must be.

No one can quiet explain that feeling that you get when you perform. One of the most exciting things about acting is that you can be or do anything that you want. All the worries and sorrows disappear. The stage is a very relaxing place. It’s your home. You learn, grow, and develop there, as an actor and as a person.

The members of the audience come to be entertained and/or educated. They are living out their fantasies through your character. Therefore, your portrayal of the character must real and truthful.

In order to act, you must be an observer of life. You must watch people closely: how they talk, the gestures they make, and so forth. You must observe and then be able to duplicate what you see. This is real. This is true life. You also must experience all that you can. This gives you more knowledge and a broad area to work with for understanding your character.

Try new things, experience life. Don’t be the spectator, that’s not your job. The definition of to act is to do. As Miss Stella Adler said, “You cannot afford to confine you studies to the classroom. The universe and all of history is your classroom.”

In show business, the first impression can sometimes be the last impression. Producers, directors and casting directors are busy people. The deciding factor in giving an unknown (or even an experienced actor whose opportunities have been limited) a chance to read for a part is often based on first impressions.

It’s up to you to know how to handle yourself during an interview: how to be at ease, and how to be well poised. How to sell yourself; how not to oversell yourself.

To become the actor that you want to be takes loosing your ego and trusting in your teachers experience to help develop you into the professional that you know you can be.

Acting isn’t about you; it is all about the character.

 

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