Eva Mendes: Know When to Use What You Got

Eva Mendes told Niteside that she’s not afraid to acknowledge and embrace her sex symbol status.

“It’s partially self-created, so I’m not going to act like one of those actresses who becomes shy all of a sudden -- ‘What? What do you mean?!’ I know exactly what you mean,” she said.

“I think at times I play up my sexiness. And there’s times where I don’t,” Mendes added.

And just what qualifies as an opportunity to shift her hotness into overdrive? “When I feel like it’s appropriate -- like when I do a Calvin Klein campaign," she said. "It’s knowing when to use what you got.”

She said she draws inspiration from other big-screen stunners.

“I look at women like Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron, who both have Oscars and know how to juggle that [balance] beautifully.”

Her most recent role as Laura in “Last Night,” a film that challenges the concept of fidelity and had its U.S. premiere Monday evening at the Tribeca Film Festival, casts Mendes as the other woman.

Mendes also lent her opinion on relationships in the digital age, calling them “complex,” especially now with "everything being so readily available."

“The fact that you can connect to an ex so quickly," she said, "and somebody can be in your life in a matter of seconds who wasn’t in your life before -- it's all very confusing to me."

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