Starring Eva Mendes opposite real-life boyfriend, Ryan Gosling, The Place Beyond The Pines is the adrenaline-fuelled story of a stunt driver who turns to bank robbing when he discovers he has a baby son to provide for.

Playing the child's mother, Romina, Eva reveals the role really resonated with her as a woman, as the character faces "a primal problem."

"It's turmoil, it's torture," she explains, though promises "the story starts with a bang."

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The latest release from Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance, the '80s-set crime flick also stars Bradley Cooper and Rose Byrne.

It's clear the role marks a new chapter for Eva, as she explains: "I feel like the more I've lived my life it's made me a better actress.

"You can see it in my twenties and early thirties - I was sheltered, and now I've lived and I get to bring all of that into my work. It's exciting."

Watch the full interview with Eva Mendes in the video, above.

The Place Beyond The Pines hits cinemas on 12 April 2013, find out more on the film's Facebook page.