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Real Name: Eva Mendes
Birthday: 03/05/1978
Birth Place: Houston, Texas
Eyes: Brown
Hair Color: Brown
Height: 5'5"

 

Eva Mendes Biography:

Fresh, artistic and stunning, Latino actress Eva Mendes shot to sexy celebrity stardom on pure chance and timing. Just six years before her starring role in “2 Fast 2 Furious” (2003), the sequel to the smash hit, “The Fast and the Furious” starring Vin Diesel in 2001, she was not even considering an acting career, much less actively seeking one. 

Born on March 5, 1978 in Miami Florida, Eva Mendes relocated to Los Angeles with her family when she was only four years old. Of Cuban descent, her parents left the island in 1959 before the revolution, but eventually divorced when she was ten. Her mother worked as an accountant to earn money for the family and was very firm with the children. Mendes later attended California State University Northridge where she majored in marketing.


Then a stroke of luck changed her life forever - her neighbor took a series of photographs of her and a casting agent noticed the pictures of her and asked to meet her. Eva was interviewed at his office and was soon hired and cast in her first movie, the direct to video release “Children of the Corn V: Field of Terror” (1998). 

Determined not to let her career be defined by a tasteless horror film, the actress took several acting and theater classes, and spent the next few years working on her skills. Mendes got a few small roles in television commercials and music videos, including Will Smith’s “Miami” and Aerosmith’s “Hole in My Soul.” She also appeared in movies including “Night at the Roxbury” (1998), starring Saturday Night Live funnymen Will Farrell and Chris Kattan, and then “Urban Legends: Final Cut” (2000), with Jennifer Morrison and Matthew Davis.

Her break out role was in the well received “Training Day” (2001), starring Oscar winner Denzel Washington. Though her role as Washington’s love interest was tiny, it was brilliant; in a film focused on the male actors, Mendes showed her entire body - as she played a nude scene where various camera angles showed her complete naked body. She went on to appear in Steven Seagal’s action thriller, “Exit Wounds” (2001), co-staring rap music legend and star DMX. Mendes also played a supporting role in “All About the Benjamins” (2002), a diamond theft comedy starring Ice Cube and Mike Epps. Then came her starring role in “2 Fast 2 Furious”, co-starring Paul Walker and Tyrese.

Eva Mendes then played a customs agent who hires Walker and Tyrese to catch a drug kingpin. Her talent for action led Paul Rodriguez to hire and cast her in the third installment of his trilogy, “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” with a star studded cast including Antonio Banderas, Johnny Depp and Salma Hayek in 2003, in which she played a two-faced Mexican agent to Johnny Depp’s wild CIA agent. Then the actress teamed with Denzel Washington and Dean Cain for director Carl Franklin’s action thriller “Out of Time” (2003), playing the separated wife of Washington’s Florida chief of police whose life falls apart when he becomes mixed up in a murder investigation. 

The actress also became a spokesmodel for Revlon. As she became more famous and with her celebrity presence in the pop culture, her movie profile rose as well with her being cast in the starring role as Will Smith's romantic love interest, a gossip reporter innocently falling for a relationship counselor she's also writing a story about, in the romantic comedy "Hitch" (2005).

In the black romantic comedy “Trust the Man” starring David Duchovny (2005), Eva gave a solid supporting performance as an old friend who has a love affair with a man (Billy Crudup) trapped in a broken relationship with a longtime girlfriend (Maggie Gyllenhaal) looking to start a family. 

Mendes increased her status as sexy celebrity significantly with the blockbuster comic book movie “Ghost Rider” (2007), portraying the childhood sweetheart of a megastar stunt motorcycle rider (Nicolas Cage) who makes a deal with the devil to protect his loved ones, but finds himself paying the price by being unwillingly transformed into a bounty hunter of rogue demons. 

Eva Mendes then was cast in the movie “The Wendell Baker Story” (2007), the directing debut of brothers Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson about a good natured conman who, after being let out of jail finds a job at a nursing home, only to control a brave rebellion against the home’s evil nurse (Owen Wilson). Next, the actress starred with Joaquin Phoenix in the crime thriller "We Own The Night" (2007) about a New York nightclub manager who tries to save his brother and father from Russian mafia hit men.


Mendes wrapped that year with the crime thriller "Cleaner" (2007) starring with Samuel L. Jackson, about a former cop (Jackson) who now earns a wage as a crime scene cleaner and unknowingly participates in a cover-up at his latest job. Then it was on to the independent dramatic comedy "The Women" (2008) with Meg Ryan, about a wealthy New Yorker who leaves her cheating husband and bonds with other society women at a resort. A remake of George Cukor's 1939 film "The Women." 

Mendes returned to comedy in the star-packed film "The Spirit" (2009) starring Scarlett Johansson, where Rookie cop Denny Colt returns from the beyond as The Spirit, a hero whose mission is to fight against the bad forces in Central City. She ended the year with Josh Hartnett in the comedy  "Queen Of The South" (2009) where a women flees Mexico after her drug-runner boyfriend is murdered. Settling in Spain, she looks to become the country's reigning drug smuggler and to avenge her lover's murder.

 

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