Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Eva Mendes Does Not Like Rehab Jokes

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Eva Mendes spoke with the August issie of "Interview" magazine and didn't hold back telling the interviewee that he was out of line to make light of addiction. Eva, who admitted herself into treatment at the Cirque Lodge in Utah in January, says that she's still "sensitive on the subject" of substance abuse problems. So it comes as no suprise that she broke bad on the reporter who joked that Alcoholics Anonymous would have to be changed to Alcoholics Unanimous because of the prevalence of problems in Hollywood. "I'm not making jokes, because people die from this stuff," she says in the interview. "So, honestly, I think it's a bit tacky that you made a joke. I've got to be honest." The gorgeous actress, 34, had entered treatment for "personal issues," her rep said, amid reports of drug use and body issues."There are so many lies out there regarding my recent trip to Cirque Lodge," she says. "But I don't care what people think. I just don't care. So I will neither confirm nor deny. I'm not a spokesperson for any kind of substance-abuse organization," she adds. "I'm proud of people who have the determination and the fearlessness to actually go and face their demons and get better," she says. "This is a life or death situation." In addition, Mendes spoke about how being a Cuban-American actress has helped her career, but that she is overlooked for some roles because of her heritage. "Hollywood executives are slow to realize that ethnic diversity is "the future" of America."We are the future," she says. "I mean, we're all just mixing together that much more. We are the future in that sense. I don't mean Latinos, I just mean ethnic diversity." Mendes "thinks "being a woman in Hollywood is a big enough challenge" because of "the lack of roles,"without being passed over because of her ethnicity. "What makes it frustrating is when a director or a studio head doesn't see me for the same part that they'll see, let's say, Drew Barrymore for," Mendes says."Drew's a great friend of mine," Mendes adds. "But it's like, 'No, we want more of an American type of girl.' And it's like, American has opened up. I'm an American girl, born and raised." Mendes thinks it's difficult for Asian stars: "We have so many Asian girls in this country, and they're so not represented up on the screen." Amen to that. I agree with Eva on everything, and one of the reasons I adore and respect her is that she is honest and upfront rather than just another fake, gum flapping, carbon copied Hollywood ho. I also am absolutely dying over the editorial. Beyond stunning.


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