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    Eva Mendes Opened Up About Why She Hasn't Returned To Acting

    "As a mother now, there are many roles I won't do."

    Anyone who's seen Hitch, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and The Place Beyond the Pines knows that this is actor Eva Mendes.

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    However, the 45-year-old hasn't starred in a movie since 2014's Lost River, which was directed by her partner, Ryan Gosling.

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    In an Instagram post last week, Eva responded to a fan who asked, "When the fans going to see u in some new movies?"

    She said, "Hi! When there's something worthwhile to be a part of."

    "As a mother now, there are many roles I won't do. There are many subject matters that I don't want to be involved with, so it limits my choices and I'm fine with that. I have to set an example for my girls now."

    "But no worry, I got some side hustles. Ha! Thanks for asking. All the best for 2020."

    Eva and Ryan — who began dating in 2011 — are parents to 5-year-old Esmeralda and 3-year-old Amada.

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    In 2018, she told E! that she had considered returning to acting because she "needed to work," but that she's also "just so obsessed with my kids that I don't want to leave them."

    Welp, here's hoping that an amazing project comes along so we can see Eva on our screens again!

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