Eva Mendes

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Eva Mendes
Eva Mendès 66ème Festival de Venise (Mostra).jpg
Born (1974-03-05) March 5, 1974 (age 44)[1]
Miami, Florida, United States
Occupation Actress, model, singer, designer
Years active 1998–present
Partner(s) George Augusto (2002–2010)
Ryan Gosling (2011–present)
Children 1

Eva Mendes (born March 5, 1974) is an American actress, model, singer and 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 made a career changing appearance in Training Day (2001). Since then she has co-starred in movies including 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 sung with CeeLo Green. Mendes has been a model and ambassador of Cocio chocolate milk, Magnum ice cream, Revlon, Calvin Klein, Cartier, Thierry Mugler perfume, Reebok, Campari apéritif, Pantene shampoo, Morgan and Peek & Cloppenburg clothes. She designs a fashion collection for New York & Company.

Early life

Mendes was born in Miami, Florida, to Cuban parents 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 and later attended California State University, Northridge,[5] to study Marketing but left college to study Acting under Ivana Chubbuck.[6]


As actress

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, Mortal Kombat: Conquest, My Brother the Pig, The Disciples, Urban Legends: Final Cut and Exit Wounds.

Mendes' breakthrough role came when she appeared in Training Day[9] and 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 comedy Hitch and was one of the first minority actors to play the lead in a hit romantic comedy.[10] She 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 a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress for her performance in The Women.[11] She appeared in The Spirit, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, The Other Guys, Last Night, Fast Five and the spoof video, Funny or Die.[12] In 2012, Eva Mendes visited Sierra Leone and was featured in the PBS documentary Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.[13] She starred in the 2013 movie The Place Beyond the Pines.[14] Entertainment Weekly described her performance as "quietly heartbreaking."[15]

As model and spokesperson

At the 2009 Venice Film Festival

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 participant in Revlon's campaign to raise funds for breast cancer research.[16] Mendes appeared nude in a print ad for Calvin Klein's Secret Obsession perfume; the ad was banned in the United States.[17] In December 2007, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) used a nude photo of Mendes for their anti-fur campaign.[18] She modelled in a Morgan campaign.[19] Mendes was a spokesmodel for the 2008 Campari calendar.[20] 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.[21] Mendes has been a spokesperson for Calvin Klein,[22] Magnum,[23] and the chocolate milk brand Cocio.[24] She also promoted Thierry Mugler's Angel fragrance.[25] Reebok shoes[26] and Pantene shampoo.[27] She appeared in a Peek & Cloppenburg clothing catalog in 2011.[28]

Other work

Mendes has a line of bed linens and dinnerware that is sold at Macy's.[29][30][31] In 2010, Mendes sang on "Pimps Don't Cry", a song featured in The Other Guys,[32] and performed a duet with CeeLo Green on "Pimps Don't Cry".[33] In 2011, she recorded a version of "The Windmills of Your Mind".[34]

In the media

Mendes was voted number four in the 2008 edition, and number one[35] in the 2009 edition, of AskMen.com's Top 99 Most Desirable Women. Maxim ranked Mendes number seven in its 2007 Hot 100 issue.[36] She appeared on the cover of Maxim for the second time in November 2007.[37] Maxim ranked Mendes #11 in its 2010 Hot 100 issue.[38] People named her one of 2012 Most Beautiful at Every Age.[39]

Personal life

Mendes dated George Augusto from 2002 to 2010.[40][41][42] In September 2011, she began dating her The Place Beyond the Pines co-star Ryan Gosling. On September 12, 2014, she gave birth to their daughter, Esmeralda Amada.[43][44]

She is a vegetarian for both ethical and health reasons.[45] Mendes practices Transcendental Meditation.[46]


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
2012 Holy Motors Kay M
2012 Girl in Progress Grace
2012 The Place Beyond the Pines Romina
2013 Clear History Jennifer
2014 Lost River Cat[47]

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Recipient Outcome Ref.
2002 ALMA Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Training Day Nominated [48]
2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Breakout Star: Female 2 Fast 2 Furious, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Out of Time and Stuck on You Nominated [49]
2005 Capri Hollywood Awards Capri Global Award N/A Won [50]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Love Scene Will Smith tells Eva Mendes he loves her – Hitch Nominated [51]
2006 ALMA Award Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Hitch Nominated [52]
2007 ALMA Award Outstanding Actress - Motion Picture Trust the Man Nominated [53]
Imagen Foundation Awards Best Actress - Film Ghost Rider Nominated [54]
2009 ALMA Award Actress in Film The Women/The Spirit Nominated [55]
Giffoni Film Festival Giffoni Award N/A Won [56]
2011 ALMA Award Favorite Movie Actress - Comedy/Musical The Other Guys Nominated [57]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress – Comedy Nominated [58]
2012 Imagen Foundation Awards Best Actress/Feature Film Girl in Progress Nominated [59]
ALMA Award Favorite Movie Actress - Drama/Adventure Nominated [60]
2013 Imagen Foundation Awards Best Actress/Supporting Actress - Feature Film The Place Beyond the Pines Nominated [61]

See also


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