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Eva Mendes


Birth name:

Eva Mendes




Miami, Florida, USA



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Actress, Model


United States

Executive summary:

2 Fast 2 Furious


5' 6" (1.68 m

Eva Mendes



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Eva Mendes - Biography


Eva Mendes (born March 5, 1974) is an American actress. She began acting in the late 1990s, and became known after a series of roles in several major Hollywood films, including 2 Fast 2 Furious, Hitch, Training Day, We Own the Night and The Spirit.

Mendes was born in Miami, Florida from Cuban parents and was raised in Los Angeles suburb of Glendale by her mother after her parents' divorce; Mendes has said that her mother "suffered so much to make my life OK" during her early years. Her father was a car salesman and her mother, also named Eva, is now an elementary school principal. She is the youngest of four children (she has two sisters and a brother). Eva Mendes was raised Roman Catholic and aspired to be a nun. As a child, Mendes was teased about her "buck teeth".
Mendes never saw herself as an actress while she was young and decided to pursue other interests. She attended Hoover High School in Glendale and later attended California State University, Northridge to study marketing, but dropped out after wanting to begin an acting career. She studied with Ivana Chubbuck.

One day Mendes caught the eye of an agent who convinced her to pursue acting more steadily. She worked her way up through commercials to music videos, including an appearance 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, to guest roles in soap operas and supporting film roles. Her first film appearance was in the direct-to-video Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror.
Mendes received her first big-screen break when she appeared in Training Day. That performance led to roles in Stuck on You, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and as the female lead in the comedy Hitch opposite Will Smith. Her role in Once Upon a Time in Mexico also earned her a nomination at the Teen Choice Awards. Mendes has also been in commercials for Fruit Gushers(where her head morphed into an enormous orange), Revlon, and the famous Levi's "Superlow" commercial with the singing bellybuttons. Mendes costarred in Ghost Rider with Nicolas Cage, and recently starred alongside Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, and Robert Duvall in the film We Own the Night, and Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson in The Spirit.
Along with acting, Mendes is employed by Revlon Cosmetics as an international spokeswoman. She joins such actresses and models as Julianne Moore, Halle Berry and Cindy Crawford, who appear in Revlon's television and print ads. She is also a supporter and active participant in Revlon's campaign to raise funds for breast cancer research.
Maxim ranked Mendes #7 in its 2007 Hot 100 issue. She also made her second Maxim cover in the November 2007 issue.
Mendes appeared naked in Flaunt Magazine. Mendes said about the shoot, "I actually did a little nude shot. You won't see anything. I was covering myself... but I love 'Flaunt.' I think their artwork is some of the best artwork out there as far as photography is concerned, so I took it off. I felt really comfortable, it was fun. There's something really liberating about it." She also appeared nude in an ad for Calvin Klein's Secret Obsession perfume. In this ad she is seen rolling nude in a bed, exposing her right breast and nipple.
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." Mendes is also a spokesmodel for the 2008 Calendar of Campari, inspired in fairy tales, by photographer Marino Parisotto.
In 2008, Mendes starred in The Women, a comedy ensemble film featuring Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Debra Messing. The film, which was produced by Victoria Pearman and Mick Jagger of Jagged Productions, Bill Johnson of Inferno Productions, and English, is being released by Picturehouse, a joint venture of HBO and New Line Cinema.
Mendes was voted as No. 4 in the 2008 and No. 1 in the 2009 edition of AskMen.com's Top 99 Most Desirable Women.
Mendes posed topless for "Vogue Italy" in May 2008.
Mendes was announced as the international face of Australia's 30 Days of Fashion & Beauty event in July 2008. She will make guest appearances in that country at the month-long festival in September.
On September 4, 2008, Mendes announced she was launching a line of bed linens that will be available in Macy's stores later in the month. In October, she toured various stores in Europe including Harrods to promote Calvin Klein's Seductive Comfort line of lingerie.
Mendes is in negotiations to star in the American remake of acclaimed Mexican film Y Tu Mamá También. She is also starring in Last Night with Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington and Guillaume Canet.
Mendes also appeared in the music video "The End Has No End" by the Strokes.

In early 2008, Mendes was reported to have been in a rehab facility in Utah for several weeks. In a statement, her representative said that she had been "working hard for the past year and made a positive decision to take some much-needed time off to proactively attend to some personal issues that, while not critical, she felt deserved some outside professional support."
In 2008, Mendes was outspoken in her support for Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Eva and her boyfriend Peruvian film-maker Michael Concepcion have been together since 2002.


Eva Mendes - Personal Quotes


". . . I feel I'll take on the responsibility of showing the world a whole different kind of Latin woman."

"It's fun to be a woman. It's fun to flirt and wear makeup and have boobs."

"The celebrity world can be so ugly. Everyone seems to have slept with everyone else and it's some sort of strange weird cycle. I don't want to get into that."

"I don't go to premieres. I attend film openings I'm in, and that's about it. Fame and celebrity doesn't matter to me. The longevity of my career does."

I have the hugest... overbite. It's so big, my older brothers and sisters used to call me Bugs. I looked like a bottle opener. But I've never fixed my bite because it's one of the things that makes me me. I used to get teased about the mole on my left cheek. In junior high the other kids would say, 'You've got some chocolate on your face,' and I fell for it every time. I said, 'The minute I turn 18 I'm going to get that mole removed!' But I'm happy I didn't. My best feature is my big hips. I've got some nice childbearing hips, and I feel very proud of them. When I was younger I thought they were too big. I wanted to be slimmer. But now I totally embrace them.


Eva Mendes - Filmography


Southbound (2010)
The Other Guys (2010) .... Sheila Gamble
Last Night (2010) .... Laura
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009) .... Frankie Donnenfeld
... aka Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (USA: promotional title)
The Spirit (2008) .... Sand Saref
... aka Will Eisner's The Spirit (USA: poster title)
The Women (2008/I) .... Crystal Allen
Cleaner (2007) .... Ann Norcut
We Own the Night (2007) .... Amada Juarez
Live! (2007) .... Katy
Ghost Rider (2007) .... Roxanne Simpson
... aka Spirited Racer (Philippines: English title: review title)
Trust the Man (2005) .... Faith
The Wendell Baker Story (2005) .... Doreen
Hitch (2005/I) .... Sara Melas
Guilty Hearts (2005) .... Gabriella
... aka Guilty Hearts (USA: TV title)
Stuck on You (2003) .... April Mercedes
Out of Time (2003/I) .... Alex Diaz Whitlock
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) .... Ajedrez
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) .... Monica Fuentes
... aka 2 Fast 2 Furious (Germany)
All About the Benjamins (2002) .... Gina
... aka All About the Money (Germany)
Training Day (2001) (as Eva Mendez) .... Sara
Exit Wounds (2001) .... Trish
Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000) .... Vanessa Valdeon
... aka Légendes urbaines 2 (Canada: French title)
... aka Légendes urbaines: La suite (Canada: French title)
... aka Leyendas urbanas: Corte final (USA: Spanish title)
The Disciples (2000) (TV) .... Maria Serranco
"V.I.P." .... Esmarelda / ... (2 episodes, 1999)
... aka V.I.P. - Die Bodyguards (Germany)
- Val Goes to Town (1999) TV episode .... Esmerelda
- Val the Hard Way (1999) TV episode (as Eva Mendez) .... Esmarelda
My Brother the Pig (1999) (as Eva Mendez) .... Matilda
"Mortal Kombat: Conquest" .... Hanna (1 episode, 1998)
- Thicker Than Blood (1998) TV episode (as Eva Mendez) .... Hanna
A Night at the Roxbury (1998) (as Eva Mendez) .... Bridesmaid
Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998) (V) (as Eva Mendez) .... Kir
... aka Children of the Corn 5
"ER" .... Donna (1 episode, 1998)
- Exodus (1998) TV episode (as Eva Mendez) .... Donna


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