Eva Mendes was born on March 5, 1974 in Miami, Florida, U.S. She is an American actress who became famous after playing in movies like 2 Fast 2 Furious, Hitch, Training Day, Ghost Rider and We Own the Night.
Biography and Career :
She was born in Miami, Florida (although many sources incorrectly state her birthplace is Houston, Texas) to Cuban parents, and was raised in Los Angeles. Eva Mendes went to Hoover High School in Glendale, California. Eva Mendes later attended California State University, Northridge but dropped out to seek an acting career.
She captured the attention of moviegoers in a small, but pivotal role in the critically acclaimed film, "Training Day". Since then, Mendes has proved she is adept in both comedic and dramatic roles. In a very short time, she ha
s had the fortunate and unique opportunity to work with such esteemed directors as Carl Franklin, Robert Rodriguez, Antoine Fuqua, the Farrelly Bros. and John Singleton, therefore earning the reputation as a serious actress who is committed to her craft.
Eva Mendes' first serious role came when she was cast as Denzel Washington's girlfriend in the box office success, "Training Day," for director Antoine Fuqua. Her portrayal led to the celebrated director, Carl Franklin, hiring Eva Mendes for the MGM feature "Out of Time," once more starring opposite Denzel Washington. In the same year, Eva Mendes appeared in "Once Upon A Time in Mexico" opposite Johnny Depp.
She has also starred in the action blockbuster "2 Fast 2 Furious as well as the comedy feature film, "All About the Benjamins" starring opposite Ice Cube. Eva Mendes most recently starred opposite Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear in the Farrelly Bros. comedy, "Stuck on You."
She is also an international spokesperson for Revlon Cosmetics. Following in the elite footsteps of such beautiful women as Halle Berry, Cindy Crawford and Julianne Moore, Mendes currently appears in Revlon's print and television advertising campaigns. Eva Mendes is also an active participant and ardent supporter in Revlon's commitment in the fight against breast cancer.
Eva Mendes, who is Cuban-American, was born in Miami and raised in Los Angeles. It was while Mendes was in college that she began her acting career.
Eva Mendes began to study with the respected acting coach Ivana Chubbuck and soon thereafter, Eva Mendes' desire to appear on the big screen, became a reality. As she continues to grow as an actress, Eva Mendes strives to develop her skills by learning from legendary filmmakers such as Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni and contemporaries like Pedro Almodovar, Spike Jonze and Steven Soderbergh.
She has been in a long-term relationship with Peruvian filmmaker George Gargurevich. Eva Mendes has denied press reports linking her other actors, including Joaquin Phoenix and Stuck On You co-star Matt Damon.
- Eyes: Brown
- Height: 5' 07"
- Current Vehicle: Range Rover
- First Car: 1966 Mustang
- Favorite Movie: "The Shining" (1980) and "Blow Up" (1966)
- Favorite Music: Belle and Sebastian, The Strokes, The Stone Roses, Saint Etienne, Oasis, The Ocean Blue, The Smiths, and Nortec Collective.
- Favorite Past Time: Interior Decorating.
- "It's fun to be a woman. It's fun to flirt and wear makeup and have boobs."
- "I'm a girl's girl."
- "One of the perks of being a girl is playing with makeup."
- "...guys can be yucky, and girls are sweet, soft and smell good."
- Queen of the South (2009)
- The Spirit (2009)
- The Women (2008)
- Cleaner (2007)
- Live! (2007)
- We Own the Night (2007) .... Amanda Juarez
- Ghost Rider (2007) .... Roxanne Simpson
- 3 & 3 (2005) .... Gabriella
- Trust the Man (2005) .... Faith
- The Wendell Baker Story (2005) .... Doreen
- Hitch (2005/I) .... Sara
- Stuck On You (2003) .... April
- Out of Time (2003/I) .... Alex Diaz Whitlock
- Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) .... Ajedrez
- 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) .... Monica Fuentes
- All About the Benjamins (2002) .... Gina
- Training Day (2001) (as Eva Mendez) .... Sara
- Exit Wounds (2001) .... Trish
- Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000) .... Vanessa Valdeon
- The Disciples (2000) (TV) .... Maria Serranco
- "V.I.P." (1999)
- My Brother the Pig (1999) .... Matilda
- "Mortal Kombat: Conquest" (1998)
- A Night at the Roxbury (1998) .... Bridesmaid
- Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998) (V)
- "ER" (1998)
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