36-year-old actress, Eva Mendes is known for wearing next-to-nothing in movies like We Own the Night and The Women, but the Cuban actress tells BANG Showbiz that as a child, she dreamed of becoming a nun. That is. until she found out there was no payment involved.
"We didn’t grow up with a lot of money, so I would always tell my mom, ‘Mommy I am going to buy you a big house when I grow up and a car,' " says Mendes, who explained that she gave up on her convent dreams to pursue the more lucrative profession of acting.
"My sister said to me one day when I was ten, 'How are you going to buy mom all these things? You are going to be a nun and nuns don't get paid,' " explained Mendes. "I said, 'What?' and that was it."
Even though Eva didn't become a nun, that doesn't mean she lost her desire to give back to those less fortunate.
"I feel I have so much to be thankful for, and it means nothing if I can't give back," says the actress. "I do it within my own family and I do it with certain charities, particularly The Art of the Elysium, which helps children in hospital heal themselves through art therapy," she adds.