Eva Mendes (born March 5, 1974) is an American actress, model, singer and designer. She began acting in the late 1990s, and after a series of roles in B movies such as Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998) and Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000), she made a career changing appearance in Training Day (2001). Since then she has co-starred in movies including All About The Benjamins, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Ghost Rider, We Own the Night, Stuck on You, Hitch and The Other Guys.
She has appeared in several music videos and sung with CeeLo Green. Mendes has been a model and ambassador of Cocio chocolate milk, Magnum ice cream, Revlon, Calvin Klein, Cartier, Thierry Mugler perfume, Reebok, Campari apéritif, Pantene shampoo, Morgan and Peek & Cloppenburg clothes. She designs a fashion collection for New York & Company.
Mendes was born in Miami, Florida, to Cuban parents and raised by her mother in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale after her parents’ divorce. Mendes was raised a Roman Catholic and at one time even considered becoming a Catholic Nun. Her mother worked at Mann’s Chinese Theatre and later for an aerospace company; her father ran a meat distribution business. She attended Hoover High School in Glendale and later attended California State University, Northridge, to study Marketing but left college to study Acting under Ivana Chubbuck.
In the media
Mendes was voted number four in the 2008 edition, and number one in the 2009 edition, of AskMen.com’s Top 99 Most Desirable Women. Maxim ranked Mendes number seven in its 2007 Hot 100 issue. She appeared on the cover of Maxim for the second time in November 2007. Maxim ranked Mendes #11 in its 2010 Hot 100 issue. People named her one of 2012 Most Beautiful at Every Age.
Mendes dated George Augusto from 2002 to 2010. In September 2011, she began dating her The Place Beyond the Pines co-star Ryan Gosling. On September 12, 2014, she gave birth to their daughter, Esmeralda Amada. She is a vegetarian for both ethical and health reasons.
Mendes practices Transcendental Meditation.
|1998||Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror||Kir|
|1998||A Night at the Roxbury||Bridesmaid|
|1998||Mortal Kombat: Konquest||Hanna||Guest star, one episode|
|1999||My Brother the Pig||Matilda|
|2000||The Disciples||Maria Serranco|
|2000||Urban Legends: Final Cut||Vanessa Valdeon|
|2001||Training Day||Sara Harris|
|2002||All About the Benjamins||Gina|
|2003||2 Fast 2 Furious||Monica Fuentes|
|2003||Once Upon a Time in Mexico||Ajedrez Barillo|
|2003||Out of Time||Alex Díaz Whitlock|
|2003||Stuck on You||April|
|2005||The Wendell Baker Story||Doreen|
|2006||Trust the Man||Faith|
|2007||Ghost Rider||Roxanne Simpson|
|2007||We Own the Night||Amada Juarez|
|2008||The Women||Crystal Allen|
|2008||The Spirit||Sand Saref|
|2009||The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans||Frankie Donnenfeld|
|2010||The Other Guys||Sheila Gamble|
|2011||Fast Five||Monica Fuentes||Uncredited|
|2012||Holy Motors||Kay M|
|2012||Girl in Progress||Grace|
|2012||The Place Beyond the Pines||Romina|