Eva Mendes

Actress
A growing interest in Latin American film and TV talent during the 1990s helped propel actress Eva Mendes from B-movie supporting player to Hollywood star and sex symbol. Her supporting role as Denzel Washington's ... Read more »
Born: 03/04/1974 in Miami, Florida, USA

Filmography

Actor (52)

Mr. X: A Vision of Leos Carax 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Conan 2010 - 2011, 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lost River 2013 (Movie)

Cat (Actor)

The Jenny McCarthy Show 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2007, 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Place Beyond the Pines 2013 (Movie)

Romina (Actor)

Girl In Progress 2012 (Movie)

Grace (Actor)

Holy Motors 2012 (Movie)

Kay M (Actor)

Guys Choice 2011 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Last Night 2011 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

The 16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 2011 Independent Spirit Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story 2011 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Other Guys 2010 (Movie)

Dr. Sheila Gamble (Actor)

2009 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans 2009 (Movie)

Frankie Donnenfield (Actor)

4Real 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spike Guys Choice 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Spirit 2008 (Movie)

Sand Saref (Actor)

The Women 2008 (Movie)

Crystal Allen (Actor)

Cleaner 2007 (Movie)

Ann Norcut (Actor)

Ghost Rider 2007 (Movie)

Roxanne Simpson (Actor)

Moving Image Salutes Will Smith 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Scream Awards 2006 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Spike TV's Video Game Awards 2006 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wendell Baker Story 2007 (Movie)

Doreen (Actor)

We Own the Night 2007 (Movie)

Amanda Juarez (Actor)

Fashion Rocks 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Live! 2006 (Movie)

Katy (Actor)

Trust the Man 2006 (Movie)

Faith (Actor)

Hitch 2005 (Movie)

Sara (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Hitch 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2005 MTV Movie Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2005 Teen Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 31st Annual People's Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Reel Comedy: Stuck on You 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 MTV Video Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Osbourne Family Christmas Special 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

2 Fast 2 Furious 2003 (Movie)

Monica Fuentes (Actor)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 (Movie)

Ajedrez (Actor)

Out of Time 2003 (Movie)

Alex Diaz Whitlock (Actor)

Stuck on You 2003 (Movie)

April (Actor)

All About the Benjamins 2002 (Movie)

Gina (Actor)

Exit Wounds 2001 (Movie)

Trish (Actor)

Training Day 2001 (Movie)

Sara (Actor)

Urban Legends: Final Cut 2000 (Movie)

Vanessa (Actor)

Clear History (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A growing interest in Latin American film and TV talent during the 1990s helped propel actress Eva Mendes from B-movie supporting player to Hollywood star and sex symbol. Her supporting role as Denzel Washington's girlfriend-on-the-side in "Training Day" (2001) put Mendes on the map, and she continued to woo male fans with action offerings like "2 Fast 2 Furious" (2003) and "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" (2003). Mendes' pop-culture presence rapidly grew out of proportion to her actual on-screen time, and she became a favorite fashion model, Revlon spokeswoman and a boon to the animal-rights cause PETA when she posed nude in an advertisement that claimed the actress would rather go naked than wear fur. Regardless of the hype surrounding the leggy starlet, Mendes proved that she had real acting talent, offering up increasingly well-received performances in the hit comedy "Hitch" (2005) and the comic-strip-based crime drama "The Spirit" (2008). With over a dozen film credits to her name and an increasing number of successful business ventures, the tough trailblazer emerged as an important role model for the growing ranks of aspiring Latin American entertainers.

Relationships

Janet

Sister

Becky

Sister

John

Brother

George Augusto

Companion
Couple met shortly after high school No longer together

Juan Carlos

Father
Cuban-American Divorced from Eva Mendes' mother

Ryan Gosling Actor

Companion
Began dating in September 2011 after filming "Beyond the Pines" (2012)

EDUCATION

Hoover High School

Glendale , California

California State University, Northridge

Northridge , California
Dropped out to pursue acting

Milestones

2012

Starred as a single mom in comedy-drama "Girl in Progress"

2012

Co-starred with Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling in "The Place Beyond the Pines"

2011

Made writing and directorial debut with short film "California Romanza"

2010

Cast opposite Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell in action-comedy "The Other Guys"

2009

Co-starred with Nicolas Cage in Werner Herzog's "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans"

2008

Played Sand Saref and title character's childhood friend in Frank Miller's adaptation of "The Spirit"

2008

Featured in Diane English's female ensemble "The Women," a remake of 1936 play by Clare Boothe Luce

2007

Appeared with Joaquin Phoenix and Robert Duvall in "We Own the Night"

2007

Co-starred with brothers Luke and Owen Wilson in "The Wendell Baker Story"; co-directed by Luke and Andrew Wilson

2006

Cast opposite Billy Crudup in Bart Freundlich's "Trust the Man"

2006

Appeared in Lee Daniels' indie film "Shadowboxer"

2005

Cast as the object of Will Smith's affection in romantic comedy "Hitch"

2003

Appeared in Robert Rodriguez's "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," the final film in his "Mariachi Trilogy"

2003

Co-starred with Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear in Farrelly brothers comedy "Stuck on You"

2003

Cast as the female lead in John Singleton's "2 Fast 2 Furious"

2003

Reunited with Denzel Washington in "Out of Time"

2001

Landed breakout role opposite Denzel Washington in "Training Day"

2001

Cast alongside Steven Seagal and DMX in "Exit Wounds"

2000

Cast as Vanessa in horror sequel "Urban Legends: Final Cut"

1998

First screen credit, "A Night at the Roxbury"

1980

Relocated to Los Angeles (Echo Park), CA after her parents' divorce

Bonus Trivia

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"Latin is the new flavor of the month, and it's now more acceptable, by Hollywood standards, to pair a Latin woman and a black male. I do not agree with this, but in Hollywood logic, to pair a black woman and a black male makes a black movie. A white woman and a black male becomes a little controversial. It's much more acceptable to have a Latin woman with a black male. And I think that's what's going on with me." – Mendes quoted in The Los Angeles Times, May 4, 2003

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"Whether you hate me or love me, I'm different. I'm not your average chick." – Mendes to GQ, June 2003

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"I'd much rather be fully naked in a scene than have to simulate sex with someone. Even kissing is really intimate." – Mendes quoted in Premiere, February 2005

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On Jan. 31, 2008, Eva Mendes checked into a rehab facility in Utah to battle a substance abuse problem.

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"I think now we just know way too much about our celebrities. It's not that interesting when you know that much about people. I have no ego about me. It's just better for you not to know, because it really does make me a better actor at the end of the day. You're not going into the movie with all these specifics about me." – Mendes on keeping her personal life private to Interview Magazine, August 2008

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"I know I walk a fine line between being a respected actor and being what they call a sex symbol. It's a hard one to walk if you want to be known as a real, credible actor. But I've never felt objectified...I'm incredibly calculated when it comes to my career." – Mendes quoted in W magazine, July 2010

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