Hollywood ingenue Eiza González showcases megawatt gems and bombshell hair
Eiza González says “mind-blowing” a lot, particularly when describing her catapulting career. It’s how the actor refers to shooting her latest project, Robert Zemeckis’ The Women of Marwen—an adaptation of the engrossing psychological documentary Marwencol—as much for “representing a story that is really important” as the roster of female actors she gets to work alongside, including Diane Kruger, Janelle Monáe and Leslie Mann. “This is the first movie that I’ve worked on intimately with other women,” says González. “I feel inspired by them and I like to send the message to other women that we can be stronger together.”
The 27-year-old Mexico City native, who rose to fame as a teenager singing and acting in telenovelas, has a commanding presence that defies any genre Hollywood may try to place her in. “Diversity often falls into a category where we are seen as something specific, and I would like to bridge that,” she says. “I have no issue playing a Latina—I’m doing that now, but shedding light in a positive way and mocking these stereotypes we have of Latina women.”
Ultimately, González believes in “building cool, relevant characters,” which she has done, most recently as the fearless, gun–slinging Darling, girlfriend of Jon Hamm’s Buddy, in Baby Driver. “I’m a strong, independent, self-made woman, and she is too,” says González. “I’m also endlessly romantic and believe in ride-or-die love.” Currently without a real-life partner in crime, “I do fall in love easily,” says González, though she cites the upside to singledom: “I get to focus on work.”
Photography by ALISTAIR TAYLOR-YOUNG.
Styling by ALISON EDMOND.
Hair by CHRIS McMILLAN.
Written by GILLIAN KOENIG.