Back only a few years before bonding with Gosling on the set of , Mendes told journalists that she had no plans on getting married.
These doubts stemmed from her personal political beliefs that marriage was an old, misogynistic institution. So I think it’s a kind of unromantic idea,” the actress explained.
With Gosling’s approval and her unique audition, Cianfrance knew that Mendes was right for the part.
But when it came to her own love life, the actress was not exactly the full-fledged romantic she often portrayed on screen.
Cianfrance was having difficulty casting the part for Romina, but Mendes certainly made an impression with her audition.
The director recalled how the actress tried to dress down for the part, describing how Mendes "had a big baggy t-shirt on, her hair was a mess, with big hoop earrings and no make-up." The effort Mendes had put into showing her vulnerability as an actor and dedication to the part impressed the indie director.
While the director was brainstorming potential actresses to take on the role of Romina Gutierrez to act opposite Gosling’s character Luke Glanton, the Canadian actor jumped at the chance to recommend Eva Mendes.
Cianfrance and Gosling both agreed that Mendes’ impressive performances in dramas such as made her an excellent fit for the complex character of Romina.