Eva Mendes in Marie Claire UK

By LORI HARITO

Eva Mendes sparkles on the cover of Marie Claire UK in a tight fitting bejeweled Prada one-piece. The 38-year-old who was recently at the Cannes film festival promoting her new film, Holy Motors talks about marriage, babies and her boyfriend Ryan Gosling in the July issue. Talking about Gosling, Mendes gushes saying "He's amazing. He's your dream co-star. I have never felt so creatively satisfied in a film." It's due to this relationship that Mendes - who previously was in an eight year relationship with Peruvian filmmaker George Augusto - has been seen in the tabloids more often much to her chagrin. "You see these guys running red lights and cutting people up," she says of the relentless paparazzi. ‘I grapple with whether accepting it or fighting for privacy is the right thing to do. I have led a pretty quiet life, and I am not used to it."

The quiet life she leads may be the reason she feels uncomfortable talking about marriage and babies. "Those are such boring topics to me. I am not that girl. I am superstitious. I don't like talking about things that I want in the future because I feel by verbalizing them they won't come true."

But Mendes doesn't shy away from working hard to get what she wants. "I want it all - heaven and hell. I am very much a go-where-life-takes-me kind of person, but I do take care of myself, and what I do have is control over how I live my life."

Mendes, who runs four to five times a week, still struggles with body issues saying no matter who you are or where you come from it's something everyone has to work at. "I realize I have contributed to a certain happy, healthy, empowered image, but that's not all of me. I felt it's important to let women know I have similar struggles."

To read the feature in full see the new issue of Marie Claire UK July out Thursday.