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Monday 22 September 2014

Eva Mendes: Childhood was strict

Eva Mendes had an extremely strict upbringing.

The actress was raised by her single mother in Los Angeles and was brought up as a Roman Catholic.

The 39-year-old's mom was overprotective, meaning she had a sheltered childhood.

"Strict!" she smiled to the British edition of OK! magazine, when asked about her upbringing. "My mother knew what she was doing I guess.

"I couldn't stay at a friend's house without her talking to the mum, then calling and touching base. And spending the night? Forget about it. We had our fights for sure, but they were strict. I had two sisters and a brother who are ten, 12 and 13 years my senior, so it was like having an extra set of parents! They would be like, 'Mum, you are letting her go to the Winter Formal and then to her friend's house? Do you know what she's going to do?' And I'd be like, 'Shut up!'"

Eva stars alongside her boyfriend Ryan Gosling in The Place Beyond the Pines.

For the movie, the brunette bombshell had to make herself look older, something she really enjoyed.

"That was my favourite part," she gushed.

"Anytime I get to really play a character and change the way I look, I'm happier. I still go to acting class and I'm such a student of acting, but it's been difficult to have those opportunities in film. For this movie I did little tricks such as shaving my eyebrows. I was in this hotel room and I started shaving, shaving, shaving and I almost shaved them all off!"

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