Denzel Washington Helped Stop Eva Mendes From Quitting Acting in ‘Training Day’

<p id=”par-1_38″><a href=””>Actor</a> Denzel Washington has worked alongside<em> </em><a href=””><em>Hitch </em>star Eva Mendes</a> twice in their careers. The first time they collaborated proved to be a life-changing experience for Mendes, who wasn’t too thrilled with her film career at the time.</p>

<h2 id=”h-eva-mendes-was-fed-up-with-acting-before-starring-in-training-day”>Eva Mendes was fed up with acting before starring in ‘Training Day’</h2>

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<p id=”par-2_34″>Mendes was seriously consider <a href=””>looking for other work</a> before she was cast in the 2001 Antoine Fuqua feature. Before then, Mendes’ acting credits included films like <em>Children of the Corn V </em>and <em>Urban Legends</em>.</p>

<p id=”par-3_36″>She eventually became disillusioned with acting because of her film opportunities, but still decided to audition for Fuqua’s <em>Training Day</em>. Because of her preparations, Mendes was pretty confident at the time that she snagged the role.</p>

<p id=”par-4_69″>“When I went for the audition to star with Denzel in <em>Training Day</em>, I was so prepared, probably over prepared, so there was no room or excuse for a mess up! This time, when I auditioned for this film, I was really focused and it was one of the best auditions that I ever had. When they told me I’d got it, I went crazy,” Mendes once told <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>BBC</a>.</p>

<p id=”par-5_21″>Securing the Oscar-winning film convinced Mendes to stay in the film industry a little longer, which she frequently thanked Washington for.</p>

<p id=”par-6_83″>“I was ready to quit acting before <em>Training Day</em>,” Mendes once said according to <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Female</a>. “I had been acting about two-and-a-half years and I was doing bad TV shows – not even TV shows, I wouldn’t even get picked up on TV shows, but like bad movies – and I was like, ‘What am I doing? This isn’t going to be for me. It’s not working.’ I did <em>Training Day</em>, worked with Denzel Washington, and he was single-handedly responsible for me continuing acting.”</p>

<h2 id=”h-training-day-wasn-t-the-only-film-eva-mendes-did-with-denzel-washington”>‘Training Day’ wasn’t the only film Eva Mendes did with Denzel Washington</h2>

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<p id=”par-7_57″>Mendes and Washington would reunite a couple of years later for the 2003 movie <em>Out of Time</em>. The two would end up playing a couple again in the cop thriller, although Mendes would have a much more substantial role. Mendes found it easier working with Washington the second time around thanks to their experiences in <em>Training Day</em>.</p>

<p id=”par-8_51″>“It could have been a lot more intimidating, but I came in very prepared,” Mendes said. “Having worked with him on <em>Training Day</em>, it wasn’t too bad coming into <em>Out Of Time</em>. And in this, I have to help him carry a film so it was really all about the work.”</p>

<p id=”par-9_23″>When asked about their chemistry, the <a href=””><em>We Own the Night </em>actor</a> believed that she was a natural fit for Washington and vice versa.</p>

<p id=”par-10_40″>“I just think we work well together. He makes me a better actor, he really does. He really has that presence. He can challenge you with a look and you can either sink or swim. Hopefully I swam,” she said.</p>

<h2 id=”h-eva-mendes-ended-up-taking-a-long-break-from-acting-for-the-same-reasons-she-wanted-to-quit”>Eva Mendes ended up taking a long break from acting for the same reasons she wanted to quit</h2>

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<p id=”par-11_81″>A lot happened to Mendes since <em>Training Day</em>. The actor further established her career with a variety of films. She’d eventually date and settle down with her <em>Place Beyond the Pines </em><a href=””>co-star Ryan Gosling</a>, eventually sharing two daughters with him. But Mendes’ acting career would take a backseat to her personal life as time went on. She partially took a break to focus more on her family. However, Mendes also felt unimpressed with the kinds of films she was being offered.</p>

<p id=”par-12_50″>“I got tired fighting for the good roles,” Mendes said in an interview with <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Variety</a>. “There just was a point where I thought, ‘I’m going to create my own opportunities and become a producer on things and create my own material,’ but it just didn’t feel worth it to me.”</p>

<p id=”par-13_22″>Mendes seemed more receptive to the idea of returning to acting nowadays. Still, she maintained that her children remained her true priority.</p>

<p id=”par-14_57″>“There are more opportunities for Latina actresses now, but when I bowed out 10 years ago I wasn’t being offered things that weren’t specifically Latina,” she added. “It is exciting that things are different now, so who knows what I will do in the future. But right now, I’m keeping it in the home with my kids.”</p>

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