Eva Mendes On Barack Obama's Inaguration Party: ‘I've Been Shut Down'

She’s an actress, a Calvin Klein perfume and underwear model, and famous from California to Calcutta, but there’s one party Eva Mendes’ celebrity status can’t get her into – President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration.

“Hottest ticket party in town… I thought I had some pull – I usually do, and I’ve been shut down,” Eva sighed. “It’s the hardest party to get into.”

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And Eva’s “The Spirit” co-star, Gabriel Macht, despite playing the movie’s title character, is having trouble too.

“I’ve had my people speak to Barack’s people and…” Gabriel started.

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“And he’s not going either,” Eva laughed.

Though so far the two haven’t been successful, they’ve vowed not to give up.

“We are still working on it, but I understand the whole thing,” Eva said. “They don’t want to make [it] a celebrity studded event because I understand this in an extremely crucial time in our history and in our world right now. And I understand not wanting to make [it] a star-studded event; I completely understand that. But of course, I would love to go and be there.”

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