Well, this is awkward. The same morning that Calvin Klein proudly trumpeted the fact that Eva Mendes would be the face of their new perfume this fall, her reps disclosed that Mendes has been in rehab for, oh, a couple of weeks. “Eva has been working hard for the past year and made a positive decision to take some much-needed time off to proactively attend to some personal issues that, while not critical, she felt deserved some outside professional support,” her rep said in a statement. “Out of respect for Eva’s privacy, we do not wish to discuss further details.” People solemnly informs us that last year, Mendes told reporters that to feel comfortable doing a sex scene with Joaquin Phoenix in We Own the Night she needed a drink. And to think, we thought it was only because he has that funny lip! We’re so naïve. Calvin Klein did not immediately return our call for comment, but we doubt they’ll have a problem with her “problem.” They were one of the first brands to hire Kate Moss back after her coke scandal. But Eva can probably kiss good-bye to any future work with H&M, which fired Moss after her scandal. Everyone knows they only work with supremely balanced individuals, such as Madonna and Karl Lagerfeld.
UPDATE: A Calvin Klein spokesperson offers this comment: “We support Eva during this difficult time and respect her decision to seek professional help.”
Eva Mendes in Rehab [TMZ]
Calvin Klein Fragrances to Feature Actress Eva Mendes in Fall 2008 Global Advertising Campaign [PR Newswire]