updated 06/11/2010 AT 7:00 PM ET
•originally published 06/14/2010 AT 9:05 AM ET
Some actresses may use body doubles for steamy scenes, but that’s something Eva Mendes doesn’t want to rely on.
“I’ve never had a problem with nudity, but I don t put it out there without a reason,” the 36-year-old tells W magazine in its July issue. “I’m not an exhibitionist. But, honestly, for my art I’ll do anything almost. I’ll go there.”
In fact, Mendes says she was the one who suggested to Training Day director Antoine Fuqua that she should bare all in one of the movie’s first scenes – even though the script didn’t call for it.
“I know I walk a fine line between being a respected actor and being what they call a sex symbol,” says the star, who also showed plenty of skin in her steamy Calvin Klein ads in 2008 and 2009.