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Eva Mendes: 'I Am The New American Girl'

Eva Mendes: 'I Am The New American Girl'

Eva Mendes strikes a sultry pose on the cover of W magazine’s July 2010 issue, on newsstands Tuesday, June 22.

Here’s what the 36-year-old The Other Guy actress had to share:

On performing nude: “I’ve never had a problem with nudity, but I don’t put it out there without a reason. I’m not an exhibitionist. But, honestly, for my art I’ll do anything almost. I’ll go there.”

On whether nudity makes her feel objectified: “I know I walk a fine line between being a respected actor and being what they call a sex symbol. It’s a hard one to walk if you want to be known as a real, credible actor. But I’ve never felt objectified. Nothing you see me do is an accident. . . . I’m incredibly calculated when it comes to my career.”

On her ethnicity: “I don’t consider myself a Latin American actress. I was born and raised here, and I have Cuban parents, but for me, I am the new American girl. It’s not only Drew Barrymore and the blond Midwestern girl. This, [pointing to her face] is also what we look like now.”

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FYI: Eva is wearing a Miu Miu dress and David Yurman jewelry.

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  • kizbit

    Love her!

  • yv

    Unlike every other country, america no longer has a set look. Go ahead everyone from everywhere. Run here , let’s just become a everything goes country. Then sadly, we will fall and fail

  • zimmermann

    how pretentious of her. funny how she forgot black women altogether.

  • edna

    She looks beautiful!!!!!!!!!

  • Donovan

    Love what she said about being the new american girl. It’s about changing what the perception of the “ideal” all american girl is.

  • Sofia

    What she was trying to say is that the new American girl has all faces, not just white , anglo saxon.IShe is black, latino, asian, italian, arab…

  • Sophie

    I honeestly think she’s already crossed the line that she was talking about, because I don’t hink many consider her a ‘respected actor’ now. She should keep her clothes on for a change because, personally, I think she can act and has huge talent, but doesn’t need to be naked to be noticed ….

  • Fresh

    Its nice that she’s honest about how calculating she is.
    Im beginning to like her. She’s not the best actress but she’s definitely not the worst. Its nice that she doesnt just do lame romcoms.

  • I n F a m o u s l y C o o l…

    …She’s so not sexy. I don’t understand what soo many people see in her. She cant even act. LOL

  • Slig

    She like india woman she cannot photo without make up in magazine

  • Faith

    “For my art..” Bahahahaha, she’s pretty to look at but seriously? Art?

  • Rao

    She is pretty and smart.

  • Josie

    Honestly, i don’t get the whole “all american” thing. Blonde blue eyed is considered authentic american now – really!? Because all american to me is native american, go figure. It’s funny what they say though, black people may have lived in america for hundred years and had ancestors born and raised on american soil, but it doesn’t matter, a first generation immigrant russian is still more american than any black person, because in America, it’s always better to be white.
    White privilege at it’s finest.

  • flor

    I like what she said. America is not just white people and that’s something Hollywood is discovering step by step.

  • Dan

    Minorities are infesting this country, trying to make it into yet another welfare third-world-esque nation. And worse yet, they are trying to call themselves Americans. The TRUE americans are and will always be ANGLO SAXONS. Who wrote our Constitution? ALL WHITE ANGLO SAXONS! Who designed our cities? ALL WHITE ANGLO SAXONS! Who were the most powerful people in America, the elites? Rockfeller, Mellon, Carnegie, etc.. ALL WHITE, big surprise there. Minorities were brought here for physical labor. Too bad you breed like rabbits =/

    Anyways, Eva is a Latin American actress. Sorry to burst your bubble.

  • Malorie

    simply smashing!!

  • shannon

    She is a pretty gal, but so bland, for some reason she has a sexy body, but has NO SEX APPEAL whatsoever, no matter how hard she tries, she doesn’t have that ommph factor. It’s like pretty to look at that, yeah, great body, but doesn’t WOW at all, very forgetable.. And she can’t act!! Poor thing needs to start whipping off the clothes for EVERY role she takes now because it’s not her poor acting that will get her any of the roles. This is both the career path that Eva Mendes and Jessica Albas must now follow, they can’t act so they have to do sexy, because that’s all the roles they can get.

  • Josie

    “Dan” – white immigrants from europe forced themselves on the New world, a country which were not rightfully theirs but belonged to the native americans.
    America belongsto them just as much as it belongs to Black Americans who were broughtre by force. Who do you think built all of those towers, blacks and chinese immigrants who worked in railroads for peanuts, you piece of scum! The fact that you can even take pride int hat shows what a miserable worthless cretin you really are.
    The truth is, America was built off the backs of black people and other minorities at the time. But the most ironic thing is, you are just as much of an immigrant as any mexican person. In fact, if you are a 3rd generation immigrant or have ancestors from america, you probably have some black in you as well lol

  • Dan

    Josie, maybe america was built “off the backs of black people and other minorities” but it was also built off the MINDS of white people. Look at anyyyyy country that has a black majority and you will see poverty, crime, disease. Go to any predominantly black neighborhood in america, and what will you see? POVERTY, CRIME, DISEASE. Do you know that about 85% of ALL crimes in the u.s. are committed by black males? Just some food for thought.

    oh and regarding the native americans- back in those days, might was right. The europeans proved to be smarter and stronger, so obviously they took over inferior people. The strongest are at the top, that’s nature.

  • Dan

    The Europeans had complex ships and weapons, while the native americans and africans were still living in huts, running around almost naked. By the time Europeans came to America, they already built elaborate palaces, castles and cathedrals back in Europe. They had booming trade. They had armies and navies. What did the minorities have? A bow and an arrow to defend against the European rifle. tough luck.

  • crytikal kat

    fuggers…a tan amy winehouse..get overurself eva, nothing sexy about her

  • daisy

    LOL @ Dan! Thanks for the laughs!

    Anyway Eva is a joke. She can’t act so of course she has to take off her clothes in almost all her movies.



    Unequivocally Not.

    The All American Girl is not a tawdry slut who dress like a streetwalker inviting sex at every opportunity.

    You ARE an American, but you will NEVER personify the “All American Girl”.

    “The All American Girl” is athletic, quick witted, clean cut, sweet, pure of heart and vivacious in spirit. She does sell her herself by using sex EVER.

    Massive Fail, Ms. Mendez.


  • Kyle


    Please speak for yourself and stop embarrassing me (and other normal whites) with that drivel.

    YOU didn’t build this country, YOU are not powerful, America wasn’t built on the the mind of YOU, YOU didn’t build any city.

    Stop living vicariously though the accomplishments of these people. Truth is, you are a loser sitting on a celebrity blog.

    Unfortunately for you, this powerful “white” group of people don’t give a shit about you. I sure as hell don’t!

    Go get a job, and no, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet aren’t going to get you one because you share the same skin color as them. Let’s not forget that there are many non-whites to whom, at best, you’d be considered for custodial duties. I’m sure Mr. Obama has a job for you somewhere scrubbing his floors. LOL. Eva Mendes too. She’s at the top, and you’re at the bottom of the socioeconomic and importance chain.

    Sucks doesn’t it? ;).


    Abby Sunderland is a perfect example the All American iIrl. Brave, honest, polite, and fearless in a clean sporty way.

    On another obvious note, a grown sexually active woman is NEVER a “girl”.

  • getreal

    Well Dan, if you’re going to get picky, the Japanese can wipe everyone out because they are by far the SMARTEST people on the planet and currently own most of the expensive property in Manhattan.

    The white power you speak of in the US is getting wiped out. Minorities are coming here in droves. Having babies like rabbits and living off the welfare system and nobody is stopping it. This is just the beginning…Give it another 50 years and you’ll be looking at the good ol US of A as a third world country with moral decay and a secular culture…The country you speak of will no longer exist.

    A God fearing country does well but once you take God out of the picture, a secular apathetic country will self-destruct. Sad but true.

  • MollyMakeout

    I was going to say something to “Dan” and “getreal” but you just can’t reason with the intellectually inferior

  • yaosela

    @ Dan just for an example, who create numbers, algebra ? white americans ??, no !! answer: arabs, astrology: egyptians
    Mexicans, Persian:, Chinese… Every Civilization, Every People bring Something to all Humanity, European too, so please stop Silly Racist Idiot

  • Sorry Danny

    Um, Dan, WRONG.

    JEWS are the wealthiest and most powerful group of people in the United States. Look it up on Forbes. Look at New York City, the center of Wealth in the United States. Wall Street holds 40% of the worlds wealth. It is the most powerful city and the billionaire capital of the World. NYC IS RUN BY JEWS.

    And Asians are documented the smartest! In the United States, Asians also have higher median income than whites.

    Jews are the wealthiest and most powerful group and an AFRICAN-AMERICAN runs this country. President.

    That must make you terribly mad!! Hahaha!

    I’m sorry, but “pure” whites are slipping into irrelevance.

  • lexy

    oy my word shes stunning and Im jealous. lol

    whenever I see her in movies my jaw hits the floor. did you see her in the women???? her SEX APPEAL is amazing. I dont know what your talkin about!!!! she is like a latina cindy crawford. absolutely gorgeous.

  • Tha Phoenix

    @Kyle: *LOUD APPLAUSE*

    I DIED at your Mr Obama comment. Cause it is just so damn true.

  • Valeria

    Ok, wait a minute, so this woman clearly says she doesn’t consider herself to be Latin because she was born here and no one sees a problem with that. Yet, when Jessica Alba said the same thing, all hell broke loose, what is up with that? Clearly, Jessica is the more attractive one, so I guess people needed an excuse to hate on her rather than this tranny.

  • Jokergurl

    America is the melting pot, and that’s all I’m going to say on that subject. As for Eva Mendes, she’s not what I consider a serious actress I haven’t seen anything she’s been in that displays a range yet really. Yeah, and 36 years old is not a girl. She sounds a little loudmouth in this article, I read through it. Thing is nobody really cares what actors think about anything at least I don’t. Just like nobody probably cares what I think either and that’s okay too :)

  • GOOP

    She tries too hard.

  • Jasmine

    @Josie: You said it best!

    I absolutely love what she said about being the new ‘American Girl’. America is not about just Caucasians, let alone blue-eyed blond ones. I feel like white privilege will always be an ugly aspect of the country, but the country has a different makeup than it had 40, 50, 100 years ago. We’re constantly changing, so people really need to get the hell over it!

  • Jasmine

    @Dan: Would you happen to the the spokesperson for the KKK by any chance? Go jump in front of a bus.

  • AVA

    flor said
    “I like what she said. America is not just white people and that’s something Hollywood is discovering step by step.”

    Why she’s not white, she looks white to me, she may not be blond and blue eyed but so aren’t 80% of ‘ white’ people , she looks like what some Europeans would look like if they were Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Greek….. the only Hispanic that aren’t white are the ones with black and Native Indian blood, just because someone from Latin America doesn’t make then not white, just as Europeans immigrated to North America they did the same to Central and South America, there are 2 different types of people from Latin America, the pure European heritage and then there are Hispanic’s with native and black blood , those are the not white and are “Hispanic” looking.

  • loloa

    LMAO@ comments made in response to Dan. obviously he does not read much

    it is sad people think this way i would like to see what he says about america in 20 years.

    his own arrogance and fear is is what defeats him the most.

    too funny

    Eva is not my fav actress but i really like the colors in the photo they did for her.

  • Get informed

    @Josie: a country which were not rightfully theirs but belonged to the native americans.

    Read more:

    Actually, it is believed that even Native Americans, once upon a time, crossed over the Bering Strait (land bridge) to eventually migrate to the land mass that we now know as North America.

  • Reverse Racism


    If people want to blame anyone for slavery in the USA then they need to blame the EUROPEANS as they used slavery on ALL their colonies. The USA consisted of colonization by multiple nations. We were colonized by the Dutch, the French, The Spanish, the British…the fact that we got rid of slavery at all is a testament to the good character and high ideals this country was founded on.

    I’m tired of everyone trying to pretend how wonderfully accepting Europeans are and how evil americans are. Anti semitism was and continues to be very prevalent in Europe. The truth is you can find bigots and jerks in any and every country. No one country or race has the corner on the market of jingoism. Many people pay lip service to certain ideals but you will find that many of those same people do not practice what their lips espouse. Not everything is always so black and white(do you see what I did there? Black and white? Get it?).

    ALL racism is wrong INCLUDING reverse racism.

  • Divide & Conquer

    @AVA: Why she’s not white, she looks white to me, she may not be blond and blue eyed but so aren’t 80% of ‘ white’ people , she looks like what some Europeans would look like if they were Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Greek….. the only Hispanic that aren’t white are the ones with black and Native Indian blood, just because someone from Latin America doesn’t make then not white, just as Europeans immigrated to North America they did the same to Central and South America, there are 2 different types of people from Latin America, the pure European heritage and then there are Hispanic’s with native and black blood , those are the not white and are “Hispanic” looking.

    Read more:

    You are right. In the USA, Hispanics are considered white but NOT Caucasian.

    All the race baiters seek to do is further divide the people of this nation and this is why I have a problem with multiculturalism. A nation needs common principles to unite it’s people for the sake of survival. Racebaiters are promoting cultural stratification in this nation and a house divided cannot stand.

  • fred

    Hot photoshoots!

  • Observer

    You sound like a prejudiced moron. Congratulations on your stratification of the ethnic food chain. I’ll ensure I reference you as a font of knowledge to all of the executives I work with. Especially since many of us are WHITE and of NATIVE AMERICAN heritage you idiot.

  • Adriana

    @Dan: Oh Dan! You obviously know nothing about irony or history…Go back to school and please don’t have any children. We don’t need anymore ignorant bastards like you. The only thing that whites introduced into this world is the concept of superiority and capitalism. The natives didn’t have elaborate weapons because they didn’t need to. They could kill an animal with a sling shot, bow and arrow and knife just as easily. Killing humans at mass without so much as a REAL fight is something the white people came up with. Also, before everything the Europeans accomplished, there was the Egyptians, Chinese, Indians, Middle Easterners who all had advanced civilaizations before the rise of Europe. Europe only became what is was because of greed and the value they had on currency. Native Americans valued the Earth and never fenced their fields because everything was everyones and nothing belonged to one person. I’m sure if the Europeans didn’t try to own evertyhing, the Natives would have gladly shared their land. But NO! The Europeans had to CLAIM and OVERTAKE for the sake of conquest.

  • Adriana

    @Observer: EXACTLY! Most Latin American people are people of Native American and European decent! Eva Mendes is brown skinned and is most likely of Native and White ancestry…Perhaps more Mexican than anything else.

  • Anonymous

    She’s not the new American girl. She’s just delusional for saying that. She should take a look at her ugly face instead of remembering the handsome male actors who stupidly helped her out with her acting and modeling career. One guy isn’t in films anymore. LOL.

  • Anonymous

    What you do is sleep your way to the top of the acting and modeling biz, honey. That’s obvious and those actions shouldn’t represent the actions of the American girl and American woman. So I’m not accepting that crappy statement about you being the American girl.

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