Eva Mendes won her role in The Place Beyond the Pines after making herself look as "unsexy as possible".
The actress stars as downtrodden Romina in the upcoming crime drama.
She was so dedicated to the role she embarked on a strict diet to transform her body.
“I lost about 15lbs. for the film because I thought it would add to her sense of being a little lost or sadder," Eva revealed to British newspaper The Sun.
“I wanted her to look like she had gone through a lot in life and look as unsexy as possible.”
Eva is regularly hailed as one of the most beautiful women in the world. She wanted to challenge director Derek Cianfrance’s opinion of her in her audition, so took some drastic steps.
“I went kind of Jersey Girl on him. I looked like sh*t. Most of the time when you go to an audition, even if it says the role calls for a non-glamorous look, you put on a little concealer or something," she explained. "But this time I wore almost zero make-up."
To complete the transformation Eva used some cheap beauty product to help her get in character.
“I bought this old-school hair gel, Dep - it costs like a dollar-and I wore this dark, dark eyeliner. That was the only make-up I used," she explained.
“I just went for the look I thought would suit the character and Derek could see my dedication.”
Eva started regaining her curved as soon as filming wrapped because the stick thin Hollywood ideal doesn’t interest her. Similarly, the brunette finds men who are obsessed with their appearance a turn off.
“I’ve gained most of the weight back because that was a lot for me to lose. I don’t like the hard and toned look," she explained.
“Beauty can be boring in some ways, especially if you’re with a guy who is focused on his looks all the time. I know a lot of actors who are totally obsessed with creating a certain look, whether it’s very polished or very street. I definitely don’t need that in a man. A real man doesn’t fuss about his appearance.”
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