Eva Mendes Only Wants to Do ‘Nice And Clean’ Roles as She Considers Return to Acting

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Eva Mendes Only Wants to Do ‘Nice And Clean’ Roles as She Considers Return to Acting

By Movieguide Contributor

Eva Mendes has been missing from our screens for years, but the actress recently revealed she would like to return to acting—but she has some stipulations. 

“I have such a short list of what I will do,” the actress explained while appearing on THE VIEW. “Like before kids, I kind of was up for anything — I mean, if it was a fun project. But now I won’t do violence, I don’t want to do sexuality, I don’t want to do… the list is short.”

When asked if she would come back to the big screen for a role that does meet all her criteria, Mendes said yes, but “it has to be nice and clean.”

The actress’ last onscreen role was in 2014’s LOST RIVER, which was written, directed, and co-produced by her partner, actor Ryan Gosling. She also did a voice acting part for the popular kids show BLUEY. 

Mendes recently spoke about how motherhood changed her perspective in an interview on the TODAY SHOW. 

“I did want to wait until I was a bit older [to have children],” Mendes explained. “I just didn’t feel — really it wasn’t until I met Ryan and fell in love. But also as a woman, I just wasn’t ready. It’s such a personal choice for a woman, obviously. Then you run the risk of… you’re always running a risk. When I was pregnant there was always something to worry about. But thankfully I had really healthy pregnancies and I was happy I waited.”

Mendes also spoke about her decision to step back from acting in order to be fully present as a mother for her two daughters, Esmeralda and Amada. 

“I really took it back to when I was little,” she explained. “My mom was able to be there for me at home until I was about 8 or 9 and those memories for me, that just formed who I was, those years with her.”

She continued, “And so I just felt lucky enough, I’m like, ‘I really want this time with them.’ And then now, you know, I’m obsessed.” 


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