The L.A.-born, Cuban-American actress and model Eva Mendes (“We Own the Night“) is very nice on the eyes, and a very interesting read, too. The alluring celeb — who plays Sand Saref, the childhood sweetheart of hero Denny Colt in “The Spirit,” an adaptation of Will Eisner‘s 1940s comic book series — talks about her stint this year in rehab, movies and life as a celeb in the Dec./Jan. issue of Latina, which hits newsstands Tuesday.
• On fame: “I admire any woman who has made it in this business and hasn’t lost her marbles. It’s really difficult to be successful and have longevity. And I don’t mean box office hits; I mean truly being a working actress and keeping your personal life intact.”
• On rehab: “It’s a part of my life that I don’t feel like I need to explain. There’s just a lot of things that were out there that are 2% true, but I don’t wish to give it attention. It’s as basic as this — as long as my mom still looks at me with that little sparkle, I’m fine.”