Eva Mendes doesn't like showing off her curves.

The 40-year-old actress, who is known for her fabulous figure as well as her acting skills, admits she isn't keen on wearing tight clothing, despite her mother telling her she should make the most of her youth.

She told Flare magazine: ''My mother always says she wants to see me in more fitted things! She's always saying, 'Show off your body, it's not always going to be like this!' ''

The brunette beauty is often seen in dresses and claims it's because they are ''easy'' to wear compared to jeans.

Eva explained: ''People are always saying, 'I love jeans, they're so casual and easy', but I think jeans aren't easy. They're my worst nightmare.''

'The Place Beyond the Pines' actress claims choosing what to wear is an ''important part'' of her day and she takes pride in her appearance.

She said: ''It's an important part of my day, what I choose to wear and put out there in the world. I also have to remember that I probably will be photographed at the gas pump.''

Talking about her favourite ever red carpet look, she added: ''I usually stay away from red because it can be too va-va-voom and too much of a statement.

''But because this was chiffon, it just felt so right. It was an orangey kind of red, and it had long sleeves, went to the floor and had a high neck. I could live in a dress like that. It's just so comfortable and romantic, and more indicative of my real style.''