Eva Mendes, who entered Utah’s Cirque Lodge for rehab earlier this year, recently spoke about substance abuse with David Colman for Interview magazine. “I”m not angry,” said the actress, who stars in the upcoming The Women (due out in September) and The Spirit (due out at Christmas). “I’m proud of people who have the determination and the fearlessness to actually go and face their demons and get better. This is a life or death situation.”
David Coleman: They’re going to have to change the name of it to “Alcoholics Unanimous.”
Eva Mendes: [silence]
David Coleman: I’m sorry, that’s a bad joke.
Eva Mendes: I’m not making jokes, because people die from this stuff. So, honestly, I think it’s a bit tacky that you made a joke. I’ve got to be honest.
David Coleman: You’re angry. Listen . . .
Eva Mendes: I’m not angry. People have died, and I’ve lost friends too–even recently. So I can be a little sensitive on the subject.
photo by Thierry Caro, 2008.
I think Eva is right in saying that people can forget that just because someone is a celebrity doesn’t mean rehab isn’t serious. At times the craziness around celebrity can make it seem like it is a joke. But the drug and alcohol addiction troubles anyone has can be serious and we shouldn’t lose that just because sometimes it seems like rehab is not taken seriously by some people (celebrity or not).