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Eva Mendes: I'm a work in progress

Eva Mendes often refers to herself as a "work in progress" because she's constantly trying to broaden her horizons.

The actress is starring as single mother Grace in upcoming comedy drama Girl in Progress. Eva thinks the title of the film is ironic as she sometimes feels that way herself.

"Personally? Oh, gosh! I often refer to myself as a work in progress, so it's funny that this is the title of the film," she laughed in an interview with Collider.

"I'm always taking the odd class, in anything, to grow. I'll take a class in any area. I just took a course in Thai massage. It sounds so funny, but I enjoy giving massages. My mom has terrible neck and back problems, so I grew up massaging her and I feel like she trained me well, so I took a course in Thai massage.

"I've got to say, I've been told I'm pretty good."

Eva has explained her own transition from girl to woman. The 38-year-old star was constantly striving for freedom as a child, which was not always well received.

"I think the years between seventh grade and my junior or senior year in high school were pretty difficult because I was really on a mission," she said.

"I wanted to be my own independent person. I was so close to my family, especially back then, and so closely tied to them and their beliefs, that I really wanted to divorce myself from them and figure out who I was, independent of them.

"That was my mission, and that was really rocky."

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