'The Place Beyond the Pines' Star Eva Mendes on Dropping Pounds, Defying Red Carpet Photogs

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If Eva Mendes looks a little frail in her latest film, The Place Beyond the Pines, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. The sultry brunette lost 15 pounds for the role of a single mom abandoned by her lover played by Ryan Gosling.

“I wanted it to feel that this baby had depleted me,” Mendes told Celebuzz. “I wanted it to feel like he has sucked the life out of me both literally and figuratively.”

Mendes’ skinny frame is revealed in a wardrobe selected from her own personal collection, including a pair of jean shorts she can still fit into after 20 years.

“I’ve had them since 1992, since high school,” she laughed. “I don’t remember them being as snug but yes, they still buttoned.”

How did Mendes make it into Ryan Gosling's latest movie?

Mendes pursued director Derek Cianfrance after seeing his breakout movie, Blue Valentine, also starring Gosling.

She arrived at her audition dressed as the character, wearing black liner on her lips, big earrings and big hair.

“I was waiting in the lobby and Derek and the producers were walking back and forth and no one noticed me,” she recalled. “So I was like, ‘Nice, I’m onto something.”

In order to convince him she was right for the part, she took the director on a tour of her old neighborhood in the Echo Park/Silverlake area of Los Angeles, a place that might have spawned a character like the one she plays in the movie.

“I showed him the first place that lived when I came to LA and I showed him what school I went to and our first house,” she said. “It was just a beautiful, beautiful hour and half drive.”

Dressing down for her role in The Place Beyond the Pines, Mendes found it to be a look she was comfortable with in her everyday life, the opposite of the red carpet and glamor the world expects of a movie star.

“The photographers at the red carpet, they’re always yelling at me to come back because they’ll say, ‘Turn around!’ I say, ‘I am not a show pony, people. I am not my little pony!’ I tell them that and they laugh, but I certainly am not the one who’s parading on the carpet,” she revealed. “In fact I walk through, I turn, I smile and hopefully you got it.”

Watch Mendes discuss her recent turn in Girl in Progress, where she plays a single mother:

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