Mendes in Paris in January 2008
|Born||March 5, 1974
Miami, Florida, U.S.
|Domestic partner(s)||George Gargurevich (2003-present)|
Eva Mendes (born March 5, 1974) is an American actress. She began acting in the late 1990s, after a series of roles in several low end Hollywood films, she became truly known after a brief nude scene in Training Day, that led to more main stream films such as 2 Fast 2 Furious, Hitch, 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. She is also fluent in Spanish. 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.
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 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.
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."
|1998||Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror||Kir|
|A Night at the Roxbury||Bridesmaid|
|1999||My Brother the Pig||Matilda|
|2000||The Disciples||Maria Serranco|
|Urban Legends: Final Cut||Vanessa Valdeon|
|Training Day||Sara Harris|
|All About the Benjamins||Gina|
|2003||2 Fast 2 Furious||Monica Fuentes|
|Once Upon a Time in Mexico||Ajedrez|
|Out of Time||Alex Díaz Whitlock|
|Stuck on You||April|
|The Wendell Baker Story||Doreen|
|3 & 3||Gabriella|
|2006||Trust the Man||Faith|
|2007||Ghost Rider||Roxanne Simpson|
|We Own the Night||Amada Juarez|
|2008||The Women||Crystal Allen|
|The Spirit||Sand Saref|
|2009||Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans||Frankie Donnenfeld|
|The Other Guys||Sheila Gamble||post-production|