Eva Mendes denies quitting acting, accusing stereotypical role offers

Mendes has refuted claims that she’s “quit acting,” but added that she hasn’t found a worthy role since 2014’s “Lost River,” directed by partner Ryan Gosling.

Eva Mendes shuts down rumors that she has ‘left’ Hollywood.

Mendes shared an Instagram video clapping back at claims she’s given up her film career. Her last film role was in partner Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River in 2014, and Mendes revealed that the “dream project” was a “difficult act,” especially when she was only offered “stereotyped roles.”

“I never stopped acting,” Mendes wrote in the caption. “I wanted to be home with my babies, and fortunately, my other business endeavors allowed me more than acting.”

She added, “Also, I wasn’t thrilled with the stereotypical roles I was offered at the time, especially after working on the movie ‘Lost River,’ which was a dream project. That’s a tough act to follow. What is the point of this post? To move this narrative. I never give up.”

Mendes and Gosling share two daughters, ages 8 and 6. The couple met on the set of the 2012 film The Place Beyond the Pines. Gosling’s Lost River was a semi-autobiographical film about his upbringing that he also wrote and produced.

Mendes teased on The View earlier this year that she has a “shortlist” of what she will and won’t do on screen since becoming a mom. “Now I’m not going to engage in violence, I don’t want sexuality, the list is short,” Mendes said.

She remarked earlier, “Acting is something I will always love. It’s like now that I’ve got kids, I’m kind of extreme. So I’m basically saying, ‘Disney, I’m all yours, Disney.’ That’s all that’s left.”

Mendes’ former Fast and Furious co-star Vin Diesel has hinted that Mendes could reprise her role for the conclusion of the two-part franchise, starting with Fast X next year.

Meanwhile, Mendes is partnering with Gosling on his upcoming film Barbie, co-written by Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig and directed by Gerwig. Gosling plays Ken alongside Margot Robbie’s Barbie. Gosling’s transformation into Ken, complete with a return to his Place Beyond the Pines dyed-blonde locks, unlocked the “14-year-old” version of Mendes.

“I saw the photo and the 14-year-old in me was like, ‘Ahhh,'” Mendes said on The Talk of the viral first look at Gosling as Ken. “It’s a funny photo and he’s trying to be funny, so it worked on all levels. When I saw it when he sent it to me from work I was like, ‘Can I have these underwear please? Please, I never ask for anything.’”

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