On Eva Mendes’ first Estee Lauder experience: “When I was in seventh grade I went to the beauty counter at Glendale Galleria the lady asked me if I’d like a spritz of Knowing. To me, it represented what a woman should smell like. I’ve been wearing it since. Every year my mother gives it to me for Christmas.”

On how motherhood has changed her: “Everything has more weight : what companies I align myself with, who I’m promoting and how I’m promoting it. Everything goes back to whether I will embarrass my little girl at some point. I’m sure I will. I just want to make sure that’s she’s proud of me. For me it’s about being myself and embracing changes and to continuing to grow.

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On being able to relate: “When friends say, ‘Can you believe she put this picture of me on Facebook? I look terrible!’ I go, ‘That’s pretty much what it feels like to be an actress: all these not-so-flattering photos of you out there and once in a while there’s one that’s not so bad.”

On balancing work and family: “I’m trying to decide if I want to do another film right now. It would have to be something pretty great to take me away from family, but if I find something I love, I will jump in.”

On her dream role: “I still feel like I struggle to get great roles as an actress. When I read something and I believe in it, I definitely fight for it no matter how small the role might be.”

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