Eva Mendes is a first-time mom!
At least in the upcoming film Girl In Progress (out April 27) she is.
Think of the film, from director Patricia Riggen (Under the Same Moon), as a Latino-centric Juno. In it, Eva Mendes plays Grace, a single mom who is too busy juggling two jobs, her married lover (Matthew Modine), and unpaid bills to pay attention to her daughter Ansiedad (newcomer Cierra Ramirez, who is beautiful to watch and can act her little butt off).
But when Ansiedad’s English teacher (Patricia Arquette) introduces her to classic coming-of-age stories, Ansiedad decides she’s over being a sullen teenager and devises a very Mean Girls-esque plan to speed up her road to adulthood (ditch all her chess buddies and befriend the slutty girls at school? Check. Lose virginity to biggest jerk? Check. Catch a stank ‘tude? Done.) For this she recruits her loyal (and only) friend Tavita (the adorable Raini Rodriguez). But as her misguided plan unravels, both mom and daughter learn that sometimes growing up means acting your age.
This is the same role that Eva herself has described to us as “her favorite role ever,” and we would have to agree — it’s unlike anything she’s done before and audiences will be pleasantly surprised.
The film also stars Eugenio Derbez as the man trying desperately to earn Grace’s affection and features a fun cameo from regional Mexican phenom Espinoza Paz.