Eva Mendes' name war
Eva Mendes has blasted Salma Hayek for using the name she had chosen for her future daughter, Valentina Paloma, for her own child
Eva Mendes has blasted Salma Hayek for stealing her favourite baby name.
'The Women' actress - who is close friends with Salma - was stunned when she discovered the 42-year-old actress had called her daughter Valentina Paloma, who she welcomed into the world in September 2007.
Eva said: "Salma took my baby name. Valentina Paloma. I was like, 'Salma, you took my baby name!' And she's all, 'What are your other ones so that I don't take them.' "
However, Eva - who is in a long-term relationship with producer George Augusto - insists despite the baby name argument, she still has immense respect for the Mexican actress.
She added to Latina magazine: "I think if there's anybody in this field that I look up to it's her. She has really done it the right way and I respect her completely. I just saw her speak, and she's the most inspirational speaker. You never want her to leave the stage."