Eva Mendes wanted to be a nun

London: Eva Mendes wanted to be a nun, but changed her mind when she discovered that it was not a well-paying job.

Mendes wanted to join a convent and devote her life to the Catholic Church when she was a child but changed her mind, reports contactmusic.com.

"We didn`t grow up with a lot of money so I would always tell my mom, `Mommy I am going to buy you a big house when I grow up, and a car`," she said.

"And my sister said to me one day when I was 10, `How are you going to buy mom all these things? You are going to be a nun and nuns don`t get paid. I said, `What?` and that was it, my convent dreams were over," she added.

After finding success and fame as an actress, the 36-year-old admits it was a very "proud moment" when she was able to make good on her promise to buy her mother a new home in 2002.