Eva Mendes prefers 'flawed' characters

May 10th, 2012

Eva Mendes prefers to play flawed characters.

The Hollywood beauty plays a single mom who is too busy juggling work, bills and her married boyfriend to pay attention to her teenage daughter Ansiedad (Cierra Ramirez) in new movie 'Girl In Progress' and Eva loved having the chance to play a character who isn't perfect.

She told Collider: ''I think that, when you play a mother, whether you play a bad mother or a not so great mother or an amazing mother, being a mother is already so complicated. It's already three-dimensional, automatically, no matter what the role is, because you're playing a mother. I welcome it. The more complicated a role can be and the more flawed a character can be is what I'm looking for.''

Although Eva is renowned for playing sultry characters and love interests, such as in '2 Fast 2 Furious' and 'Hitch', she says ''sexy is just one component'' of what she can do.

She explained: ''Sexy is just one component. It's not a thing I am. It's a thing I can be. It's a side of myself I can tap into, just like I can tap into my funny side, my quirky side or my dramatic side. It's not what I am.

''The careers that I admire and actually try to emulate are those of Julianne Moore and Annette Bening. Those women, to me, make amazing choices. They're sexy, beautiful women, but that doesn't dictate their choices.''