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Eva Mendes on ending her near 10-year acting break

Actress Eva Mendes poses during arrivals for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts; Sciences Tribute to Sophia Loren in Beverly Hills, California. Picture: Reuters/Fred Prouser

Actress Eva Mendes poses during arrivals for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts; Sciences Tribute to Sophia Loren in Beverly Hills, California. Picture: Reuters/Fred Prouser

Published May 11, 2022

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Actress Eva Mendes has floated a potential end to her near-decade long hiatus from acting.

Mendes has not starred in a feature film since a small supporting role in partner Ryan Gosling's 2014's directorial effort “Lost River”, although she lent her voice to a role on a 2021 episode of “Bluey”, reports Variety.

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Mendes appeared on “The View” and said her potential return to acting would have specific requirements.

“I have such a short list of what I will do, with four kids,” Mendes said.

“I mean, if it was a fun project. But now I won't do violence, I don't want to do sexuality, the list is short.”

“The View” co-host Sunny Hostin asked Mendes if she would end her acting break if a “special project” came her way that met all of her requirements, to which the actor answered, “I hope so”.

Mendes’ last starring role in a movie was the 2012 drama “Girl in Progress”, directed by Patricia Riggen.

The Lionsgate release only grossed $3 million at the box office. In that same year, Mendes played supporting roles in critical favorites such as Derek Cianfrance’s “The Place Beyond the Pines” and Leos Carax’s Cannes stunner “Holy Motors”.

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Mendes’ last live-action television role was a supporting turn in Larry David's 2013 HBO original movie “Clear History”.

Rumours have circulated that Mendes might return to the “Fast and Furious” franchise now that production is under way on the final two-part instalment.

Mendes debuted as Monica Fuentes in the 2003 sequel “2 Fast 2 Furious” and reprised the character for an uncredited cameo appearance in 2011’s “Fast Five”.

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Filming on “Fast X” is now under way with filmmaker Louis Leterrier behind the camera, replacing original director Justin Lin. Mendes is not attached to star.

During her near-decade long acting break, Mendes has stayed busy with various fashion and beauty endeavours. She shares two daughters with Gosling.

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