Eva Mendes has revealed she desperately wants to work with Mike Leigh, and is even prepared to do a cockney accent to be in one of his films.
The Hollywood beauty - whose latest role is as a diner waitress torn between two men in The Place Beyond The Pines, co-starring her boyfriend Ryan Gosling - told The Guardian she has even written a note to the British melodrama director asking him for a role.
Eva told the newspaper: "If you see Mike Leigh tell him Mendes really wants him. And I do a good cockney.
"I sent him a note maybe like eight years ago, and I'm sure he had no idea who I was. And then I ran into him and he was lovely. So I just hope these last eight years I've maybe done something that he's liked or could see potential in, so we could possibly work together.
"I come from a very Cuban family and for some reason his family dynamics, although not similar, are so familiar to me."
Despite being a sex symbol, a model and a fashionista, Eva has chosen gritty independent film roles, and she insisted she is happy to look less than perfect on screen for a good part.
Eva said: "I just made a decision. I said: 'I am not working with the Mike Leighs of this 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 don'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."