Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes

Born Eva de la Caridad Méndez
(1974-03-05) March 5, 1974
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Actress, model, businesswoman
Years active 1998–present
Home town Glendale, California, U.S.
Partner(s) Ryan Gosling (2011–present)
Children 2

Eva de la Caridad Méndez[1] (born March 5, 1974) is an American actress and model. 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, Mendes has co-starred in films such as 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 has sung with CeeLo Green. Mendes has been a model and ambassador for Cocio chocolate milk, Magnum ice cream, Revlon, Calvin Klein, Cartier, Thierry Mugler perfume, Reebok, Campari apéritif, Pantene shampoo, Morgan, and Peek & Cloppenburg. She designs a fashion collection for New York & Company and is also the Creative Director of CIRCA Beauty, a makeup line sold at Walgreens.

Early life

Mendes was born in Miami, Florida, to Cuban parents Eva Perez Suarez and Juan Carlos Mendez, 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.[2] Her mother worked at Mann's Chinese Theatre[3] and later for an aerospace company; her father ran a meat distribution business.[4] She attended Hoover High School in Glendale,[5] and later studied marketing at California State University, Northridge, but left college to pursue acting under Ivana Chubbuck.[6]



Mendes began her acting career after a talent manager saw her photo in a friend's portfolio.[7] Her first film appearance was in the direct-to-video Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror. Mendes was disappointed in her performance and she hired an acting coach.[8] She then appeared in the films A Night at the Roxbury, My Brother the Pig, Urban Legends: Final Cut, and Exit Wounds.

Mendes' breakthrough role came when she appeared in Antoine Fuqua's neo-noir crime thriller Training Day.[9] This then led to roles in All About the Benjamins, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Once 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 film Hitch, making her one of the first minority actors to play the lead in a hit romantic comedy.[7] Mendes subsequently starred in The Wendell Baker Story, Guilty Hearts, Trust the Man, Ghost Rider, We Own the Night, Live!, and Cleaner.

In 2008, she was nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress for her performance in the all-female comedy film The Women.[10] Mendes then appeared in The Spirit, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,[11] The Other Guys,[12] Last Night, Fast Five, and a spoof short film for Funny or Die.[13] In 2012, Mendes visited Sierra Leone and was featured in the PBS documentary Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.[14] In 2012, she starred in the crime drama film The Place Beyond the Pines,[15] with Entertainment Weekly describing her performance as "quietly heartbreaking".[16] The following year, she appeared in the HBO comedy film Clear History.[17]


Mendes appeared in the Pet Shop Boys' music video for "Se a vida é (That's the Way Life Is)" in 1996, Aerosmith's music video for "Hole in My Soul" in 1997, and Will Smith's music video for "Miami" in 1998. She also appeared in the music video for The Strokes' "The End Has No End" in 2004.

Mendes was employed by Revlon as an international spokesperson, and participated in their campaign to raise funds for breast cancer research.[18] She appeared nude in a print advertisement for Calvin Klein's Secret Obsession perfume, which was banned in the United States.[19] In December 2007, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) used a nude photo of Mendes for their anti-fur campaign.[20] She also modelled in a Morgan campaign.[21] Mendes was a spokesmodel for the 2008 Campari calendar.[22] In July 2008, she was announced as the international face of Australia's 30 Days of Fashion & Beauty event. She made guest appearances in that country at the month-long festival in September.[23] Mendes has been a spokesperson for Calvin Klein,[24] Magnum,[25] and the chocolate milk brand Cocio.[26] She also promoted Thierry Mugler's Angel fragrance,[27] Reebok shoes,[28] and Pantene shampoo.[29] In 2011, Mendes appeared in a Peek & Cloppenburg clothing catalog.[30]

Other ventures

Mendes has a line of bed linens and dinnerware that is sold at Macy's.[31][32] In 2010, Mendes sang on "Pimps Don't Cry", a song featured in The Other Guys,[33] and performed a duet with CeeLo Green on "Pimps Don't Cry".[34] In 2011, she recorded a version of "The Windmills of Your Mind".[35] She is the also creative director of the makeup brand CIRCA Beauty, which launched exclusively at Walgreens in 2015.

Personal life

Mendes was in a relationship with George Augusto from 2002 to 2010.[36][37] In 2011, she began dating her The Place Beyond the Pines co-star Ryan Gosling. They have two daughters: Esmeralda Amada (born September 12, 2014)[38][39] and Amada Lee (born April 29, 2016).[40]

Mendes is a vegetarian for both ethical and health reasons.[41] She also practices Transcendental Meditation.[42]

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.[43] Maxim ranked Mendes number seven in its 2007 Hot 100 issue.[44] She appeared on the cover of Maxim for the second time in November 2007.[45] Maxim ranked Mendes number 11 in its 2010 Hot 100 issue.[46] People named her one of 2012's Most Beautiful at Every Age.[47]


Year Title Role Notes
1998 ER Donna Episode: "Exodus"
Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror Kir
A Night at the Roxbury Bridesmaid
1998 Mortal Kombat: Konquest Hanna Episode: "Thicker Than Blood"
1999 My Brother the Pig Matilda
2000 The Disciples Maria Serranco
Urban Legends: Final Cut Vanessa Valdeon
2001 Exit Wounds Trish
Training Day Sara Harris
2002 All About the Benjamins Gina
2003 2 Fast 2 Furious Monica Fuentes
Once Upon a Time in Mexico Ajedrez Barillo
Out of Time Alex Díaz Whitlock
Stuck on You April Mercedes
2005 Hitch Sara Melas
The Wendell Baker Story Doreen
Guilty Hearts Gabriella
2006 Trust the Man Faith Faison
2007 Ghost Rider Roxanne Simpson
Knocked Up Herself Uncredited
We Own the Night Amada Juarez
Live! Katy Courbet Executive producer
Cleaner Ann Norcut
2008 The Women Crystal Allen
The Spirit Sand Saref
2009 The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Frankie Donnenfeld
2010 The Other Guys Dr. Sheila Gamble
Last Night Laura Nunez
2011 Fast Five Monica Fuentes Uncredited
2012 Holy Motors Kay M.
Girl in Progress Grace Gutierrez
The Place Beyond the Pines Romina Gutierrez
2013 Clear History Jennifer Television film
2014 Lost River Cat
2017 Fast 8 Monica Fuentes Filming

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2002 ALMA Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Training Day Nominated
2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Female Breakout Star N/A Nominated
2005 Capri Hollywood Awards Capri Global Award N/A Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Love Scene Hitch Nominated
2006 ALMA Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Nominated
2007 ALMA Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Trust the Man Nominated
Imagen Foundation Awards Best Actress – Feature Film Ghost Rider Nominated
2009 ALMA Awards Oustanding Actress in a Motion Picture The Women and The Spirit Nominated
Giffoni Film Festival Giffoni Award N/A Won
2011 ALMA Awards Favorite Movie Actress – Comedy/Musical The Other Guys Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress – Comedy Nominated
2012 Imagen Foundation Awards Best Actress – Feature Film Girl in Progress Nominated
ALMA Awards Favorite Movie Actress – Drama/Adventure Nominated
2013 Imagen Foundation Awards Best Actress – Feature Film The Place Beyond the Pines Nominated
2016 Premios Juventud Actriz Que Se Roba La Pantalla N/A Nominated


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