The Daily Grind Video

Eva Mendes wants all of us to know that despite her hot body and envious sex appeal, she actually hates to wear anything that shows off her curves.

Sizzling on the latest cover of Flare magazine in a Chanel bolero, dress and necklace, the gorgeous 40-year-old actress gets honest about her style, favorite film actresses and why she always listens to her mother’s red-carpet advice. And while Eva may have all the ladies giving her the side-eye for taking hottie Ryan Gosling off the market, the below pics will make haters even more jealous – because there’s no question that she is effortlessly beautiful.

Check the interview highlights and photos below.

Why she hates skinny jeans:

“I’m always in dresses, in skirts—I think they’re so easy. People are always saying, ‘I love jeans, they’re so casual and easy,’ but I think jeans aren’t easy. They’re my worst nightmare.”

On dressing in body conscious clothes:

“It’s not that I’m against body-conscious clothes: I have worn them on the red carpet or out, but when I’m photographed in them, I always regret it. For me, it’s always been the easy way out. When I wear something a little more revealing, I think, Oh, gosh, I should have been more creative… [And] I don’t like when it’s just me and I’m not working. I don’t like feeling like I’m on display… [But] my mother always says she wants to see me in more fitted things! She’s always saying, ‘Show off your body, it’s not always going to be like this!’”

On her mother’s red-carpet advice:

“She’s usually on the money. If she doesn’t like something, I can usually see why: it didn’t photograph well or looked weird around the waist.”

On finding actresses to admire when she was younger:

“[When I was young,] I’d choose the film based on the women who spoke to me on the cover. I remember being drawn to those women. They were so exotic, darker, with larger features, bigger noses. Maybe it was because I could identify with them more than the stars who were popular. Twenty years ago, I’m not sure that there were many popular stars who looked like that.”

Keep scrolling for more gorgeous photos from the spread and head to Flare magazine to check out the rest of the interview.