Washington, May 23 : Sexy Latina Eva Mendes had Hollywood abuzz when she checked herself into rehab at the beginning of this year. However, it seems that rather than having a drug or alcohol problem, she was getting into characted for her new movie.
The 'Ghost Rider' star entered Utah's Cirque Lodge to "proactively" attend "to some personal issues" in January this year.
Needless to say, the news that the star was battling an addiction left the movie industry shocked - until Mendes landed a role alongside Josh Hartnett and Sir Ben Kingsley in 'Queen of the South'.
In the movie, Mendes plays the role of Teresa Mendoza, who flees Mexico for Spain when her drug-runner boyfriend is murdered.
Rumours are now abuzz that the actress may simply have been researching the role in rehab - a theory backed by leading acting coach John Kirby.
He tells Star magazine that this form of preparation was not unusual, reports Contactmusic.
"It's not unusual at all for an actor or actress to go to the extreme of checking into rehab to prepare for a character," Kirby told the mag.
"In fact, I would encourage that for my students, because you want to fully immerse yourself in the role," he added.