A profile of actress Eva Mendes goes in a weird direction once she starts talking about her privacy. A really weird direction.
So Eva Mendes really enjoys her privacy, maybe?
Gawker put it best: “Most of New York Magazine‘s April profile of actress Eva Mendes is devoted to her refusing to talk about things.”
She wouldn’t discuss her relationship with Ryan Gosling, she didn’t want to talk about whether or not she wants kids, she didn’t even want to talk about her role in the upcoming film How to Catch a Monster, directed by Gosling.
One thing she was apparently OK disclosing: She doesn’t want the paps to get shots of her walking with the dogs she and Gosling own.
“She wishes that tabloids would blur the faces of their dogs, Hugo (hers) and George (his), in photos, like British papers do to kids’ faces,” New York Magazine writes.
Mendes apparently doesn’t like people knowing her dog’s names.
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“I’ll go somewhere and they’ll be like, ‘Hey, Hugo!’ and I’m like, ‘How do you know Hugo’s name? That’s so creepy!'” the magazine quotes her as saying.
Granted. However, Mendes talks about Hugo in interview after interview, including, as Gawker points out, multiple minutes on Hugo on the Late Show with David Letterman last week.
“His name’s Hugo,” Mendes simpered, drawing out the “u.” “Well, ‘Ugo’ if I’m upset or need to give him a command,” she added.
Mendes then went on to explain that Hugo’s breed, Belgian Malinois, was trained to attack and Hugo himself was trained on a farm in Belgium. In fact a Belgian Malinois accompanied the Navy SEAL forces who routed Osama bin Laden.
“All he wants to do is prove his love for me, all he wants to do is kill for me. It’s so sweet,” Mendes told Letterman.
This is the same dog, by the way, that had a shock collar that Mendes tested by trying it on herself. No, she didn’t put it on, she just put it against her arm.
“It’s more than a tingle, it’s way more than a tingle,” she said. She said it was like a joy buzzer but “intensified.”
Mendes also said that she uses the shock collar to prevent Hugo from killing squirrels and other neighborhood animals, and that people really “get mad” at her for using it.
Meanwhile, Gawker helpfully points out that blurring Hugo’s face in pap pics wouldn’t really work, “because the defining feature of Eva Mendes’ dog is not his distinctive face, but the fact that he is the only dog walking next to Eva Mendes.”