Eva Mendes likes to look ugly

Eva Mendes, one of the world's sexiest women, tries to look unattractive on set to land more gritty roles.Photo / Supplied
Eva Mendes, one of the world's sexiest women, tries to look unattractive on set to land more gritty roles.Photo / Supplied

Eva Mendes likes to look ugly on set.

The sultry star is known as one of the sexiest women in the world, but she has made a conscious decision to try and appear as raw and unattractive as possible on screen in a bid to land more gritty and interesting roles.

She told The Guardian newspaper: "I just made a decision. I said, 'I am not working with the Mike Leigh's of the world and I want to'.

"When it comes to being an actress I actually really love coming from a very raw place.

"Any opportunity I get to not wear make-up on set, I take. I really don't care about looking beautiful in a film unless I have to for the character.

"I don't check playback, I didn't even know anything about lighting. I love anything that gets me closer to the role. So I needed to turn down those things that could possibly pigeonhole me."

Mendes has recently shunned action sequels and romantic comedies for new drama The Place Beyond The Pines - in which she stars opposite real-life boyfriend Ryan Gosling - and she felt she could bring real depth and drama to the part of struggling single mother Romina because she grew up in a similarly deprived environment.

She recalls telling director Derek Cianfrance: "I just said, 'Hey, I would love to drive you around and talk about Romina and show you where I grew up and draw the parallels there. I think that would probably best serve the character at this point.' "

- BANG! Showbiz

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