Eva Mendes looks gorgeous as always on the cover of the March issue of Marie Claire magazine, and opens up about taking on edgier roles and being known as more than just a pretty face.
The 37-year-old actress takes a departure from her usual role as the gorgeous and glamorous other woman, to play a single mother who seems less mature than her teenage daughter in "Girl In Progress."
"She's a disaster, a mess, which I really love," Mendes told the magazine of her character. The film is a perfect example of Hollywood's new fascination with stories of women who haven't grown up, perhaps best showcased by Charlize Theron's character in "Young Adult."
But playing a neglectful, narcissistic mother is a classic career move for an actress looking to be taken more seriously and join the ranks of seasoned actresses like Julianne Moore and Annette Bening, Mendes' idols. "I have a girl crush on them," Mendes admits. "I'd kill to have half the careers they've had after 40."
While Mendes would kill for their careers, there are plenty of women who would kill for her boyfriend, heartthrob-of-the-moment Ryan Gosling. The two star together in the upcoming film "The Place Beyond the Pines," and although Mendes hasn't spoken publicly about their relationship, she told Marie Claire, "He's your dream costar. I have never felt so creatively satisfied on a film."
For more with Mendes, click over to Marie Claire.