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Eva Mendes Had Certain Tricks To Look Old For 'Place Beyond The Pines' Role

3/14/2013 11:22am EDT

The Place Beyond the Pines

In order to play a haggard, single mom in upcoming film "The Place Beyond The Pines," Eva Mendes shaved back her eyebrows and dug out ill-fitting jean shorts from her teenage years.

She told WENN, "I wanted to make sure that you could see it on her face and on her body. I did certain little tricks that I'd like to keep secret to make sure I looked haggard and that time had its way with me. I did the obvious greying of my hair, but one of the tricks I did was to shave down my eyebrows to a very, very thin point which I don't really recommend for an every day look.
"When you want to change your face a bit and look a little insane, it actually works. I wanted it to come from an emotional place rather than going into prosthetics. She goes from her 20s to her early 40s and there is a difference there but it's not as drastic and we didn't want the attention to go to, 'Oh my God, is that her?'

"A little tidbit: those horrific jean shorts that were so God awful were mine from 1992. They were a little ill fitting, ripped on the sides and needed some tweaking and that's what I wanted for her; she's raw."

The film opens in theaters March 29 and focuses on a high-wire motorcycle stunt performer who reconnects with his former lover, Romina, and learns that she has given birth to their son, Jason. He winds up robbing banks to support them.

The Place Beyond The Pines

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