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Eva Mendes - "Marie Claire" September 2008

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After a string of sexy roles in movies for dudes, Eva Mendes is tapping her inner girl’s girl.

In the September issue of Marie Claire (on newsstands August 12th), Eva talks about everything from growing up in a conservation-minded, working class family to which women she admires in Hollywood to her rehab stint.

On women’s strained friendships with each other: “I don’t understand women who don’t like being with the girls. They say they’d rather be with the guys all the time? That it’s just so much easier? I’m calling bulls— on that.”

On Annette Bening being a true role model: “She reminds me of one of those women back in the ‘40s and ‘50s. She’s a broad, and I want to be a broad. I mean, she’s like Ava Gardner or Bette Davis or Katherine Hepburn. Those women were broads. They said it like it was.”

On her life growing up: “I was raised by parents who didn’t have much. We didn’t use whole pieces of paper towel. We shared, or used rags. Mom didn’t even want us flushing all the time.”

On believing the public doesn’t need to know everything about where she lives and how long she’s been with her boyfriend: “Think about what this whole culture of celebrity has done to movie stars. It’s made them extinct. Actors used to carry films because people would have to actually go to the movies to see them. It was the only place. But now there’s none of that mystique, and so there’s less of a reason to buy a ticket.”

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