Eva Mendes and Debi Mazar Interviews - The Women
Why doesn't Eva Mendes think she can make a general statement on infidelity?
Eva Mendes: "This is a fun film with a serious message at the end, which is about female bonding and how important are in other women's lives so that's really great. But I think those situations like infidelity and things like that, I don't feel like I can give a general sweeping statement about it because every relationship is different, you know?"
Do you want to be married?
Eva Mendes: "Personally, I'm non-conventional in that way. I've been with the same person for a very long time but I'm just non-conventional in that way. I don't think people need to be married. I think a lot of people need that piece of paper, but I don't think everybody needs that to feel secure."
And working with these fabulous actresses?
Eva Mendes: "Oh, amazing. Just a dream. I mean, look at this one [motioning to Cloris Leachman]. She's going to be on Dancing with the Stars. She's going to kill it over there. Yeah, it's been amazing."
How important is it to have a film for women?
Eva Mendes: "Oh my gosh, amazing, but it's important to have all kind of films, you know? It's great that like with the success of Sex and the City and Mamma Mia! in the latter part of this summer, and then hopefully people will come see us and support us because that means that they will get more films done in the future, you know? And that's what's important about it. It's that we show the studio heads that, 'Look, people…we bring in box office.' It's not just… And hopefully then we can get better roles and then we can get, you know? So I think it's important, yeah, absolutely."
You've been involved in this film on some level for 10 years, right?
Debi Mazar: "13 years."
Were you excited to get the call?
Debi Mazar: "I didn't get the call. What happened was I opened up a trade magazine on my husband's desk, which we don't read the trades and I happened to see it. I'm like flipping through the pages and I went, 'Eva Mendes cast in The Women. Oh my god!' And I called my manager. I'm like, 'You've got to be kidding me. You didn't know this was casting?' because I've been tracking it for years. I said, 'You better make a phone call now.' I said, 'My manicurist part – I hope it didn't go away!' And within the hour I was hired sight unseen, no discussion, no conversation. I had gained 200 pounds with two pregnancies – 100 basically each time. So it was really cool that she didn't care. I could have walked in a completely different person, she just wanted me."
Why did you want to play Tanya?
Debi Mazar: "When I first saw the movie with my grandmother at the age of five, I saw that opening salon scene and it inspired me to be a hairdresser. I was like I saw this spa and the creams and the gals in outfits and I was like, 'Oh my god.' It was like a Busby Berkeley film with the choreographed and cinematography, black and white, great makeup. It was really interesting, the movie. I didn't understand the political content of it or the messages. But certainly as I got older having seen bad remakes, Joan Collins, Broadway versions, I just thought, 'You know what? I want to do this number one for my grandmother, saying Evelyn I am here in the movie The Women!' I know she is shining on me. I feel her all tonight. I'm going to start crying. And just to be able to work with Diane English who has always been one of my idols having come out of some television in the early '90s. She was like an amazing strength and everybody was in awe of her from the Steven Bochco days. I had directors like Dennis Dugan and Paul Haggis and several others who are big movie directors now who always thought she was the bomb, so to be able to work with her was like a no-brainer. "