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Eva Mendes Reveals All

Written by PETA | December 6, 2007

Eva Mendes—the gorgeous star of Training Day, Hitch, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Ghost Rider, and most recently the brilliant We Own the Night featuring Mark Wahlberg and our old friend Joaquin Phoenix—is also the new face of our winter anti-fur campaign. Once you’ve had a long look at this stunning new anti-fur ad, take a deep breath and check out what Eva had to say when she sat down with us for this PETA Files exclusive interview about what led her to speak out about the cruel treatment of animals in the fur industry:

How did you come to get involved with helping animals? Did you have any animal companions growing up?

I love animals, but I hadn’t had a pet since I was a kid. I recently got a dog and he’s not only made me a happier girl—he’s made me much more sympathetic to animal rights. I look at my beautiful dog and think, “Of course I’d never eat him or skin him for his fur, so why would I be okay with eating a cow or wearing a cheetah?” It’s just not right. It’s a contradiction.

Do you have any animals? Can you tell us about them?

I recently got the most beautiful dog in the world! He’s the sweetest thing ever. He’s fully trained and all his commands are in French. Too cute! So I’m learning French and he’s learning Spanish!

What drew you to the idea of working with PETA on our “Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” Campaign?

I wasn’t familiar with PETA early in my career. I remember having my first premiere in New York City and being so naive that I didn’t have a coat with me. My stylist sent me a fur wrap for the evening and I ignorantly wore it.

PETA then wrote me a beautiful letter commenting on my less-than-educated choice. I was so impressed that I vowed to them and myself to never wear real fur on the red carpet or in my life again.

As a fashion icon in Hollywood, do you find that people put pressure on you to wear fur on the red carpet? If so, how do you handle that?

A lot of the high-end designers are unfortunately still big on fur, but I simply let them know that I won’t wear it on the red carpet or for photo shoots. People are pretty respectful and don’t try to pressure me to wear fur (smart for them … haha).

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Can you tell us about the projects you are working on right now and also about your film We Own The Night?

We Own The Night is a crime thriller set in the late 1980s about two brothers on opposite sides of the law. I play the girlfriend of Joaquin Phoenix, a manager for a club involved with the Russian Mafia, whose brother (played by Mark Wahlberg) is a cop targeting the Mafia for drug involvement. It’s a great cast, and it was such a thrill to play opposite actors like Joaquin, Mark, and Robert Duvall. I’ve also just finished filming The Women, which was very cool, and I’m just starting a really amazing project called The Spirit.

What issue involving animals is dearest to your heart? Also, you have a lot of fans out there which gives you a powerful platform to reach people and make a difference: What is your message to them about having compassion and getting active to help animals?

I’d say the closest animal rights issue to me right now is being anti-fur. I feel like in recent years, due to pop culture, fur has made a comeback. Some people still see wearing fur as glamorous and a sign of prosperity. Personally I think wearing a baby chinchilla says, “I’m ignorant,” vs. saying “I’m a badass.” I don’t think you can force people to change their attitudes, but you can help to educate them and to lead by example. … There are way too many amazing faux fur options out there for people to still be wearing real fur. I want people to know that there are options; that killing a poor animal and wearing it isn’t cool. But respecting all life forms is cool. Very cool.

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  • Brazil man says:

    Eva Mendes is really hot! She has a nice and sexy bum!

  • anonymous says:

    I can’t stand PETA, but if she wants to go naked that’s fine with me.

  • zed power says:

    lovely, lovely ad series. keep up the good work!

  • riju nair says:

    EYE OPENING

  • Eva Mendes says:

    cool site, I really like Eva Mendes

  • bharat says:

    if possible photo with me also

  • Troy Townsend says:

    Although I adore Miss Mendez very Much I am saddened that she has chose to support a animal rights advocacy group such as PETA who have taken radical actions to support their cause.I believe that these radical actions only hurt their image and sets their causes back and I also feel that these people are more intrested in portraying themeselves as some sort modern day robin hoods.

  • Lara Kennedy says:

    i personally think fur is ugly AND OLD FASHIONED! If you lived in the 40′s then i guess fur was popular but why now? It is horrible to think someone slaughtered an animal for you to wear let alone down a red carpet… ONCE! Celebrities… get it straight… DONT WEAR FUR! it only makes you look like a wildebeast anyways!

  • Corai says:

    I have only one suggestion for everybody who thinks that wearing furs is OK just go and visit a fur farm. And we’ll talk about it later…. This advice is even for George “the animals that are raised to be Fur live much longer lives than their wild counter parts. they are raised in moderate temperatures. Fed the best food. medical treatment as needed.” WHAT??? hey buddy where did this come from?. I can understand why people eat meat but wearing furs I swear to GOD I will never understand!!! Speaking from an AESTHETIC point of view furs are damn ugly! Women who have beautiful bodies do not need furs to cover the curves. They don’t need to look like some cavemen. Rich people choose to wear furs not because they are beautiful or graceful if you think the caveman is graceful than this point might be arguable but because furs are a sign of WEALTH. And out of snobbism they will wear absolutely anything that will show others they have the $$$.

  • Melisa says:

    Jlo you have to lern!!!! Eva is a real woman with good heart she es beautiful outside and inside jlo i see just ugly because she is ugly inside

  • G says:

    i would give up meat for ever for you

  • paulbenny says:

    i like contact eva

  • Sakis T. says:

    oh my god i hate those who tell people what to do despite the fact that they are the only ones who can afford those accessories! it has nothing to do with ms. mendes i find her shape just angelic

  • Michael says:

    Hi where can I purchase this poster. And please guys avoid using Pam and Eva’s names in the same sentence.

  • NAP says:

    Rick I’m shocked that you are not ashamed of posting such digusting and hateful comments. I really pity you.

  • Paul Thandi says:

    Yeah!! now Tommy Lee is Vegetarian too!!!!Rock on!!!

  • negar says:

    Eva there’s only one thing to tell u…. U ROCK GIRL….GOOOOOO GIRLLL POWERRRRRRR

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