Eva Mendes: Fashion and clothing are emotional and help cement memories

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Eva Mendes has a new red carpet interview with Entertainment Tonight that I found fascinating. She’s promoting her successful clothing line with NY and Company, which came out in 2013. She reminds me a little of Cameron Diaz in that she was huge in the late 90s and early 2000s but has pretty much retired. Her last film was in 2014 too, just like Cameron. We still get to see her though whenever she’s promoting her clothing line, but that’s few and far between. She pretty much gave up Hollywood to be a mom, which she’s been open about and said was her choice. To ET, she said she still wants to work, just in more family-friendly films. She also said she would be up for a Hitch sequel. I especially liked her explanation about fashion and what it means to her. I could really relate to that.

On her fashion career
I’ve partnered with many different companies. I’ve had businesses that would be called failed business, but I don’t believe in failed businesses because I’ve learned something from everything and it’s gotten me here.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
Find experts in their field. My collaboration with New York and company is 7 years strong. I trust them in the retail market and they trust me creatively.

Was designing always a passion for you?
It was always a passion but I didn’t know it. I’ve always linked memories to how my mother has looked. Not in a superficial way. I find clothes to be very emotional. Special days in my life. Now that I’m a mom too it’s like ‘Oh I can remember what I was wearing when we went to our first Opera together. I can remember what my mom was wearing at my graduation.’

It’s been five years since you’ve acted but 15 years since Hitch.
It’s time for a Hitch 2. Will let’s do this. In the world of all these dating apps, what would Hitch do? He’d be out of a job. Right now I’m [working] on design and some other little side hustles. Acting is something I will always love. Now that I have children there’s so many things I won’t do. A lot of things are off that list. I don’t want to do anything too violent or sexual. Disney, I’m all yours. I’m more of a villain. I like the villains.

[From Entertainment Tonight]

She explained how I feel about fashion so well. I’m like this with my own outfits in that I remember what I was wearing at key moments. It gets to the point where I’m superstitious about outfits. I won’t wear the same outfit on a first date with different guys, and of course I try not to repeat outfits with the same guy. If something bad happened when I wore an outfit I’ll retire it. I know that’s ridiculous, but it’s not like I’m getting rid of separates or dresses, I just won’t wear them together and/or with the same accessories and shoes again.

As for Eva wanting to do a Disney movie, she would make a great Disney villain! I think it’s the turban and her on point eyebrows. I can definitely see her as a villain.

Here’s that interview!

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  1. Millennial says:

    I wish she’d come back to the F&F franchise, but it sounds like she wouldn’t do it. I keep waiting for another cameo tho!

  2. Ellie says:

    It’s nice to hear her speaking out so positively about choosing wife and mother as a career. When I was young we were taught that smart, strong women didn’t do that. Such nonsense.

    • Allergy says:

      I’m not talking about you or Mendez, but in general it’s not the “mother” part of this saying that bothers me, it’s the “wife.” Your career can’t be just somebody’s wife. You should be equal partners, if you work together advancing just one person’s career. A million wives work without a salary.

      • mash says:

        but you gotta realize @Allergy … Thats YOUR feelings and philosophy. Some people are more tradition and there’s nothing wrong with that….

        we as women (of all colors) have to STOP this gate keeping of people’s choices in life. if she or any other woman is proud of being a homemaker thats totally great for them. to each her own.

      • Allergy says:

        No, I agree with you both, Ellie and Mash. Being a parent is the most important job. But it’s not a career. Being a parent or a spouse is not a career. And at the moment the way the society works, it’s very dangerous for women especially to be dependent on someone else’s salary.
        I believe in universal basic income. I think parents should be able to stay at home with their children if they so choose.

  3. HufflepuffLizLemon says:

    Love that she and Ryan Gosling are just doing their own thing. Such a great couple and so private. I LOVED Hitch. I was just talking about it the other day.

  4. Lucy2 says:

    It’s pretty amazing how quiet she is able to keep her personal life, despite being married to a huge movie star.

  5. Sof says:

    I’m with you on retiring clothes worn in bad situations. I had to donate my favourite sweater because once a guy grabbed me by the neck and tried to rob me, from then on everytime I saw that sweater I felt weird.

    • Alyse says:

      Yep, hid the dress I was wearing when I was assaulted in the back of my closet for a year or 2 until I finally threw it out. Lucky it was cheap. Can’t wear dresses in a similar style now though…

    • olala says:

      I got rid/sold all my designer clothes after horrific fallout of my marriage. I just kept two pairs of shoes (the ones my ex GAVE to his affair partner) after cleaning them properly because still they held good emotions for me and it felt like i am more than shite. Sale monies helped me to move back from another country and kept me going for a bit. Then started new.and the clothes are emotional to me. I am a bit fshopaholic and huge fashionista :) ))

  6. KC says:

    Lol that she gave up acting to have children, she had only been in that one movie with Ryan in 3 years before she had a baby. I think her terrible acting retired her but also Ryan seems controlling and prefers her not having an acting career.

  7. dlc says:

    I enjoyed hitch, and her fashion in that movie was great!