Get ready to see a lot of Eva Mendes this year. The 34-year-old actress is in The Women, and in a couple of months, she'll star in The Spirit. And of course, she's baring all in a banned ad for Calvin Klein's latest scent, Secret Obsession. In an exclusive Q&A, Eva answers the questions you submitted — although she's being coy about what her own secret obsession is.
Eva, what's your secret obsession?
We all have secret obsessions. I don’t care who you are, where you come from, how old you are, how discreet you are and how shy you may be — we all have secret obsessions. I have many secret obsessions. Trust me, I’ve got plenty — but I'm not telling.
To find out how she prepared for her naked photo shoot, plus her secret to healthy skin,
What did you do to prepare for the Secret Obsession shoot?
Before the Secret Obsession shoot I was a little nervous, and I hope that I will always get nervous about new adventures and projects because they are exciting. When I got to set, I realized that it was just a bed. That’s it — it’s just a bed, I can do this. I am really good at rolling around in bed and I feel sexiest when my hair is crazy and relaxed and I can just roll around. I had a great time preparing for the Secret Obsession campaign because the only way to prepare was to get a lot of sleep. I had to be open and feeling good about my body and myself by eating healthy and working out to be physically prepared. This way, once I got to set I could just be emotionally there.
Besides fragrance, what's your favorite beauty obsession?
100 percent cocoa butter and plenty of Penta water. For me, the key to beauty is exfoliating regularly, moisturizing, and drinking a lot of water. If I don’t get my water, I feel it and my skin feels it.
What is your typical morning beauty routine?
My daytime look is always really natural. I like to keep my hair in its natural wave and the only makeup I wear is my True mineral powder, which does wonders for my skin. Of course I like to look beautiful and stylish, but I don't obsess over it.
What would you say is the one beauty routine you never forget to do?
I always have to have eyes on. Even if I’m running out of the house, I need a smudge.
What are some of your favorite products to help create the ultimate smoky eye?
I like Laura Mercier, Nars, and True all-natural products.
What does being part of a Calvin Klein campaign mean to you?
I have been a fan of Calvin Klein since I was a little girl. To me, Calvin Klein has always represented sexiness, a freedom to express yourself and to be different, and let your uniqueness come through. That is extremely important for all of us; it was important for me because I was very awkward with myself during my teen years. I always felt that I didn’t fit in physically or emotionally. It wasn’t until years later that I realized all of the things that I wanted to change about myself when I was younger, I am thankful for now. It would be so satisfying for me, to be part of a campaign where I would inspire women and girls and show them that it's OK to be different, it's OK to be controversial, it's just OK to be yourself.