Eva Mendes is consistently dubbed one of the most beautiful women in the world. It’s an indisputable fact, and probably the only avenue in which I’ve been able to reconcile her ending up in a long-term relationship with Ryan Gosling, rather than me.
But the actor recently revealed that even at the height of her career, she didn’t always feel beautiful. Mendes, who now shares two daughters with Gosling, posted a throwback snap on Instagram of herself while starring in Once Upon a Time in Mexico back in 2003.
“Just came across this picture from a movie that was almost 20 years ago. I remember seeing this photo back then and thinking my face looked ‘weird’ and that my bone structure was odd,” she captioned the post. “You know all those insecurities that a 26 year old can have.”
But it seems hindsight has seen Mendes somewhat shift her mindset. “Meanwhile 20 years later and now I wish I still had that ‘weird’ face and odd ‘bone structure’,” she continued. “Why’s my point? I’m not sure. Maybe it’s if you hate a photo of yourself wait 20 years then you’ll love it.”
She then shared a popular quote from Oscar Wilde that read, “Youth is wasted on the young”, before expanding on her thoughts further in the comments of the post. “We’re in our forties and it can feel daunting, but think when we’re sixty and we look back to today, we’ll think ‘we were babies in our forties!’… It’s all relative.”
And while I can certainly agree that wistfully looking back on old photos of ourselves is common and insecurity doesn’t discriminate, I can’t say there’s a time I’d ever be feeling too forlorn about looking like Eva Mendes.