Eva Mendes - Los Angeles Tour Helped Eva Mendes Win Dramatic New Film Role

Sexy Eva Mendes took The Place Beyond The Pines director Derek Cianfrance for a drive through her old neighbourhood to win the part of a struggling single mum in his new film.

The Training Day star feared she wouldn't be able to impress the moviemaker during a standard audition, so she asked him to take a tour of the streets where she grew up to show him she knew the woman he was looking for.

She tells Wenn, "I came to see him for this role and I said to him, 'I can go into the room and read this material for you but I don't think that's really what you're looking for. I think you should get in my car, we'll take a drive and I'll drive you around the neighbourhoods in Los Angeles, where I grew up, and you can get to know how me and the character are really alike, and I can talk to you about my experiences growing up.'

"We took this beautiful couple of hours in the car and I talked to him about my upbringing and showed him where I was from and I drew the parallels between the characters. He was so into that non-traditional approach to auditioning."


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