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Eva Mendes loves being an object of desire. “But it’s not important to me to always be thought of as sexy. I like it when it doesn’t limit my career.”
Access Hollywood
updated 10/3/2008 4:11:34 PM ET 2008-10-03T20:11:34

Eva Mendes’ Calvin Klein’s Secret Obsession ad was deemed too racy for America last August because the ad revealed too much skin. Now, the actress is speaking out in the Spanish edition of Vogue in its November issue about being censored, her sex symbol status and why she can sometimes frighten her boyfriend.

The actress questioned why the original version of her commercial, which showed a semi-nude Mendes frolicking in a bed, was not shown in America and only in Europe when other questionable content in the media is left alone.

“I love my country, but I believe that we are too quick to censor nudity,” the actress told the Spanish edition of the fashion mag. “We seem okay with violence, but nudity we race to criticize and censor. I’m not at all ashamed or frightened about showing my body.”

And as for how Mendes feels about being labeled a sex object, the 34-year-old adores it — as along it doesn’t hurt her acting career.

“I love it!” she said of being deemed an object of desire. “But it’s not important to me to always be thought of as sexy. I like it when it doesn’t limit my career. It’s a part of my life, but on a secondary plane.”

Mendes says part of her job as a Calvin Klein model and actress is keeping a watchful eye on what goes in her body.

“I try not to go crazy, but yes, I pay attention to what I eat. I try to stay away from pasta, bread, cakes, sweets, cookies and ice cream,” “The Women” star told the mag.

Something sweet Mendes doesn’t stay away from is her boyfriend — unless she’s in a heated mood.

“I don’t usually lose my temper, but if I get angry, it’s true — I’m scary,” Eva revealed. “I scare my boyfriend!”

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