Eva Mendes (born March 5, 1974) is an American actress, model, singer, and homeware and fashion 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 broke into the Hollywood mainstream with an appearance in Training Day (2001). She has since starred in many films, including All About The Benjamins (2002); 2 Fast 2 FuriousOnce Upon a Time in Mexico,Out of Time and Stuck on You (all 2003); Hitch (2005); Ghost Rider and We Own the Night (both 2007); The Spirit (2008); The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009); The Other Guys and Last Night (both 2010); Holy Motors and Girl in Progress (both 2012) and The Place Beyond the Pines (2013).

Mendes has worked as a spokesmodel for Cocio chocolate milk, Magnum ice cream, Revlon make-up, Calvin Klein underwear and perfume, Cartier jewellery, Thierry Mugler perfume, Reebok trainers, Campari apéritif, Pantene shampoo, Morgan clothes and Peek & Cloppenburg clothes. Mendes is the creator of a home decor line, Vida, sold exclusively at Macy's. She launched a bedding collection in 2008 and a dinnerware collection in 2010. Mendes is a singer: she has recorded a version ofThe Windmills of Your Mind and has collaborated with Cee Lo Green on a song entitled Pimps Don't Cry. She lives in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Early life[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Mendes was born in Miami, Florida, to Cuban parents, and was raised in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, by her mother, after her parents' divorce.[2] Mendes has said that her mother (who was a stay-at-home mom until she became an accountant when Eva went to school) "suffered so much to make my life OK" during Mendes' early years.[2] Her mother worked for an aerospace company and her father ran a meat distribution business.[3] Mendes was raised a Roman Catholic and aspired to be a nun.[4] She attended Hoover High Schoolin Glendale and later attended California State University, Northridge to study marketing, but dropped out after wanting to begin an acting career. She studied acting under Ivana Chubbuck.[5] Before Mendes got her big break, she sold ‘Hot Dog on a Stick’ at Glendale Galleria Mall in California.[6] Growing up, Eva's role model was Cindy Crawford.[7]

Acting career[edit source | editbeta]Edit

[1][2]Mendes at the 2009 Venice Film Festival

While Mendes "always had high hopes" for herself,[8] she didn't consider an acting career until a talent manager saw her photo in a friend's portfolio.[9] Her first film appearance was in the direct-to-video Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror. Mendes was "so ashamed" by her performance in the film that she decided to hire an acting coach so that she wouldn't "squirm" when watching herself in future roles.[8] In this period of her career, she also starred in A Night at the RoxburyMortal Kombat: ConquestMy Brother the PigThe DisciplesUrban Legends: Final Cut and Exit Wounds.

Mendes' breakthrough role came when she appeared in Training Day as the girlfriend of Denzel Washington's character. She found it to be a fulfilling experience: "I thought, 'This is what people meant about acting."[8] That performance led to roles in All About the Benjamins2 Fast 2 FuriousOnce Upon a Time in Mexico (which earned her a nomination at the Teen Choice Awards), Out of Time and Stuck on You. She was the female lead in the 2005 comedy Hitch opposite Will Smith. They were the first minority actors to play leads in a hit romantic comedy.[10] She then starred in The Wendell Baker StoryGuilty HeartsTrust the Man, and Ghost Rider. In 2007, she starred alongside Joaquin PhoenixMark Wahlberg, and Robert Duvall in the film We Own the Night. She also starred in Live! and Cleaner.

In 2008, she received a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress for her performance in The Women.[11] She next starred in The SpiritBad Lieutenant: Port of Call New OrleansThe Other GuysLast Night and Fast Five. In August 2010, Mendes appeared in a Funny or Die video spoof, selling her "S.E.X. tape".[12] She also sang for the Funny or Die music video "Pimps Don't Cry," a song featured in The Other Guys, released on August 6, 2010.[13]

In 2012, Eva Mendes was featured in the PBS documentary Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. She visited Sierra Leone to speak with rape victims and raise awareness of the problems in the area.[14] Mendes most recently starred as Romina in The Place Beyond the Pines, released March 2013, with Ryan Gosling.[15] Entertainment Weekly described her performance in the film as "quietly heartbreaking."[16]

Modeling career[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Mendes appeared in Will Smith's video "Miami" and the Pet Shop Boys' music video for "Se a vida é (That's the way life is)" in 1996 and Aerosmith's video "Hole in My Soul" in 1997. She also appeared in the video for The End Has No End by The Strokes in 2004. Mendes was employed by Revlon Cosmetics as an international spokeswoman and was also a supporter and active participant in Revlon's campaign to raise funds for breast cancer research.[17] Mendes appeared nude in an ad forCalvin Klein's Secret Obsession perfume. Since there was exposure of her nipples in the ad, it was banned from airing in the United States.[18] In 2007, she was named as an ambassador for Cartier.[19] In December 2007, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) used a nude photo of Mendes for their anti-fur campaign alongside the tagline "Fur? I'd rather go naked."[20] She modelled in a Morgancampaign.[21] Mendes was a spokesmodel for the 2008 Campari calendar.[22] Mendes was announced as the international face of Australia's 30 Days of Fashion & Beauty event in July 2008. She made guest appearances in that country at the month-long festival in September.[23]

In October 2008, she toured various stores in Europe, including Harrods, to promote Calvin Klein's Seductive Comfort line of lingerie.[24] In 2009, Mendes was announced as a Pleasure Ambassador for ice cream brand Magnum.[25] In 2010, Mendes was the face of chocolate milk brand Cocio.[26] In March 2011, it was announced that Mendes will be a new spokeswoman for Thierry Mugler's Angel fragrance.[27] Also in 2011, she was named as the brand ambassador for Reebok Easytone trainers[28] and Pantene shampoo.[29] She also modeled in a Peek & Cloppenburg clothing catalog in 2011.[30]

Mendes was voted as No. 4 in the 2008 edition, and No. 1[31] in the 2009 edition, of's Top 99 Most Desirable Women. Maxim ranked Mendes #7 in its 2007 Hot 100 issue.[32] She also made her second Maxim cover in the November 2007 issue.[33] Maxim ranked Mendes #11 in its 2010 Hot 100 issue.[34] People named her one of 2012 Most Beautiful at Every Age.[35]

Designer[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Mendes runs a home decor line, Vida, with her former longterm partner George Augusto. On September 4, 2008, Mendes announced she was launching a line of bed linens available in Macy's stores.[36] In 2010, Mendes launched a line of dinnerware at Macy's stores.[37] In February 2013, she announced plans to design a fashion collection in partnership with New York & Company.[38]

Music career[edit source | editbeta]Edit

In 2010, Mendes performed a duet with Cee Lo Green on a song entitled "Pimps Don't Cry".[39] In 2011, she recorded a version of "The Windmills of Your Mind".[40]

Personal life[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Mendes does not want to have children and has described marriage as "a very archaic kinda thing. I don't think it fits in my world today."[41] She was in a relationship with George Augusto from 2002 to 2010.[42][43][44] She began dating Ryan Gosling in September 2011.[45] She lives in Los Feliz, Los Angeles.[46]

Mendes spent several weeks at the Cirque Lodge addiction facility in 2008 to address "some personal issues".[47] She later said that she will never publicly disclose details of her condition because "I have to think of the pain it might bring my mother."[48] She now attends therapy sessions which have "enriched my life. I come from a family and a heritage where you don't really go to therapy unless you're crazy. I want people to know that that's so not the case."[49] Mendes is an avid follower of transcendental meditation.[50] She has expressed an interest in Ayn Rand, the founder of the individualist philosophy of Objectivism.[51][52]

Filmography[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Year Title Role Notes
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 Exit Wounds Trish
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 Hitch Sara Melas
2005 The Wendell Baker Story Doreen
2005 Guilty Hearts Gabriella
2006 Trust the Man Faith
2007 Ghost Rider Roxanne Simpson
2007 Knocked Up Herself (uncredited)
2007 We Own the Night Amada Juarez
2007 Live! Katy executive producer
2007 Cleaner Ann Norcut
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
2010 Last Night Laura
2011 Fast Five Monica Fuentes (uncredited cameo)
2012 Holy Motors Kay M
2012 Girl in Progress Grace
2013 The Place Beyond the Pines Romina
2013 Fast Six Monica Fuentes (uncredited cameo)
2014 How to Catch a Monster Diana
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