Since her breakout role in the 2001 film Training Day, Eva Mendes has reliably ranked amongst Hollywood’s most beautiful actresses. But the red carpet regular admits that getting comfortable with seeing herself on camera took time. “I can take a funky photo,” laughs the Cuban-American stunner, whose film work has earned her countless magazine covers and plenty of time on the premiere circuit. “I have an angular face and I kind of had to learn which angles were which, and how I could work that into a scene,” she continues.
It's probably what was attractive to me about becoming an actress—the art of transformation.
Part of that learning process stemmed from Mendes’ early love affair with the power of change. “I’ve always loved how I could transform myself by just highlighting a certain area and playing down another area. It's probably what was attractive to me about becoming an actress—the art of transformation.” Mendes is a pro at getting into character for a new role, and has shaved her eyebrows and even gone blonde to bring a certain level of authenticity to her projects. (“I'm an awful blonde!” she insists). It’s a skill that has served the 41-year-old well as she undergoes the personal transformation of becoming a new mom. “My baby just started sleeping through the night so I have little more time for my beauty ritual,” she reveals of her daily routine that includes our New Dimension Shape + Fill Expert Serum and New Dimension Expert Tape, new-to-market skincare products that firm, tone and tighten the look of skin for enhanced visible definition, density—and confidence-induced perspective. “My face is changing,” admits Mendes. “And I want to be able to embrace that process.” Here, the products’ ambassador provides her own angle on the important stuff—that being deep dish pizza and the luxury of sleeping in.
EL: Flats or heels?
EL: New York or LA?
EM: Falling asleep in NY, and waking up in LA.
EL: Online shopping or retail shopping?
EM: Retail shopping.
EL: Skinny jeans or boyfriend jeans?
EM: Boyfriend jeans.
EL: City or country?
EM: Summer in the country, winter in the city.
EL: Mountains or beach?
EM: Being in the mountains overlooking the beach.
EL: Yoga or pilates?
EM: Krav Maga!
EL: What is the one wardrobe essential you can't live without?
EM: A great belt.
EL: What is your favorite movie of all time?
EM: Edward Scissorhands.
EL: Where is your favorite travel destination?
EL: What are you currently streaming?
EM: Broad City.
EL: What are you currently listening to?
EM: Fresh Air with Terry Gross.
EL: What are you currently reading?
EM: Wonder Weeks.
EL: What is your idea of happiness?
EM: Sleeping in—and a deep dish pizza. Chicago style.
EL: What is your greatest fear?
EM: Not being able to sleep in.
EL: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
EM: My obsession with sleeping in.
EL: Which talent would you most like to have?
EM: The talent of providing interesting answers.
EL: What is your greatest extravagance?
EL: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
EM: That I've never been to Spring Break.