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Eva Mendes Covers Marie Claire March 2012

Posted Tuesday February 7, 2012 11:33 AM GMT

With her new movie "Girl In Progress" set to debut this April, Eva Mendes is easing back into the spotlight by covering he March 2012 issue of Marie Claire.

The 37-year-old Cuban-American actress shows off her undeniable good looks while clad in Dolce & Gabbana on the magazine's front page while talking about her beauty secrets and landing one of Hollywood's most desired men, Ryan Gosling.

Highlights from Ea's in-depth interview are as follows. For more, be sure to visit Marie Claire!

On working with Ryan Gosling:
“He’s your dream costar. I have never felt so creatively satisfied on a film.”

On body image:
“It doesn’t matter what you have or what you look like. It’s something everyone has to work at. I realize I have contributed to a certain happy, healthy, empowered image, but that’s not all of me. I feel it’s important to let women know that I have similar struggles. What I tell girls is what they don’t like about themselves now, they will probably end up loving as an adult, because that’s what happened to me. When I am complimented on things that I didn’t like when I was 13, like my overbite and my mole, that’s when you realize that your imperfections are why people love you.”

On her idols, Julianne Moore and Annette Bening:
“I have a girl crush on them. I’d kill to have half the careers they’ve had after 40.”

Photo Credit: Marie Claire