Eva Mendes (info)

Eva Mendes
Eva Mendes was born in Miami, Florida but raised in Los Angeles, California of Cuban-American heritage. In college, she began acting, studying underneath acting coach Ivana Chubbuck. This led to her desire to appear in feature films. Though taking many smaller roles in movies, she was little known until playing the girlfriend of Denzel Washington's character in Día de entrenamiento (2001). Since then, she has been featured in a wider range of roles, from comedic to dramatic. These gave her the ability to work with many highly regarded directors, such as Robert Rodriguez (El mexicano (2003)), Carl Franklin(A contrarreloj (2003)), John Singleton (2 Fast 2 Furious - A todo gas 2 (2003)), Antoine Fuqua (Día de entrenamiento (2001)) and the Farrelly Bros. (Pegado a ti (2003)). Eva has co-starred in an independent film, The Wendell Baker Story (2005) with Owen Wilson,Luke Wilson and Will Ferrell, with Luke Wilson directing. Before that, her biggest movie was Hitch: Especialista en ligues (2005), a romantic comedy that had her playing oppositeWill Smith.

Along with acting, Eva is employed by Revlon Cosmetics as an international spokeswoman. She joins such elite actresses and models as Julianne Moore, Halle Berryand Cindy Crawford, who appear in Revlon's television and print ads. She is also a passionate supporter and active participant in Revlon's fight against breast cancer. Eva's goals are to improve her acting skills by working with such contemporary directors asSteven Soderbergh, Spike Jonze and Pedro Almodóvar, and learning from such renowned directors as Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni.

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Trade Mark (4)
Natural brunette hair

Beauty mark on her left cheek

Curvaceous, buxom figure

Seductive deep voice

Trivia (31)
Is Cuban-American and was raised Roman Catholic.

Was a marketing major at the California State University, Northridge before she dropped out to pursue acting.

Is writing a book titled "Crazy Leggs Beshee", inspired by her nieces and nephews, that introduces vocabulary, art, history and values through a medium kids understand.

Loves interior designing and would undertake this profession if not acting.

Her hobbies are music, sports (hiking, biking, skiing and mountain climbing) and interior design.

Graduated from Herbert Hoover High School in Glendale, California. John Cho, Joseph Hahn and Alex Kalognomos were also students there.

Has one sister, Janet Mendes, living in Los Angeles, California.

Has played Denzel Washington's wife/girlfriend twice: Día de entrenamiento (2001) and A contrarreloj (2003).

Her favourite films are the mystery drama Blow-Up (Deseo de una mañana de verano)(1966) and the horror film El resplandor (1980).

Ranked #12 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2005 list.

Was among the guests at Jessica Simpson's 25th birthday party.

Ranked #53 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" supplement.

Was featured as #54 on Maxim magazine's "Hot 100 Women of 2002" supplement.

Ranked #80 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2004" supplement.

Ranked #44 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement.

Was the speaking voice ("Bienvenido a Miami") in Will Smith's song "Miami", and appeared in the music video with him. In 2005, when she was cast opposite Smith inHitch: Especialista en ligues (2005), she mentioned this to him during rehearsals. But Smith sheepishly admitted that he did not remember her.

Ranked #7 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2007 list.

Speaks Spanish fluently. English is her second language.

Was originally cast as Susan Ortega in Como Dios (2003) but had to be replaced due to scheduling conflicts.

On February 7, 2008, she has entered the Cinque Lodge rehab facility in Utah to battle substance abuse issues.

Ranked #7 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2008 list (She was ranked #7 on the previous year's list, as well.).

Admires the film Network, un mundo implacable (1976), which inspired her to take up the film Live! (2007).

Is the youngest of four children; she has two sisters and one brother. Is the only member of her family to be born in the United States.

Frequently appears in Calvin Klein Underwear advertising campaigns with Irish male model Jamie Dornan (2009- ).

Ranked #11 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2010 list.

Owns a Belgian Malinois dog and gives commands to it in French, because it was trained in this language. Belgian Malinois are similar to Alsatians but considered more intelligent. They are used by United States SEAL teams.

Was in a relationship with filmmaker George Augusto from 2002-2011.

Has been in a relationship with Ryan Gosling since September 2011. They have a daughter.

Gave birth to her first child at age 40, a daughter Esmeralda Amada Gosling on September 12, 2014 in Los Angeles. Child's father is her boyfriend, Ryan Gosling.

Delivered her daughter Esmeralda via Caesarean section.

Her daughter Esmeralda's middle name Amada is taken from a character Mendes played in the movie La noche es nuestra (2007). Mendes has stated that she believes this to be her best performance on screen.

Personal Quotes (10)
I wanted to go into art history. Acting fell into my lap when a neighbor took pictures of me and showed them to an agent.

I wanted to be a nun when I was very little. Well, that was until my sister told me that they don't get paid. Then I went off with that idea quickly.

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.

I'm obsessed with Keira Knightley. I think that she's just got it down. She takes chances, she's edgy, but she's always a lady. She is so unconventionally beautiful.

I know I walk a fine line between being a respected actor and being what they call a sex symbol. It's a hard one to walk if you want to be known as a real, credible actor. But I've never felt objectified. Nothing you see me do is an accident. I might act like it's an accident, but the opposite is true. I'm incredibly calculated when it comes to my career.

I don't believe in the institution of marriage, for me. If you love somebody and have a commitment that is strong and spiritual, then I just don't think a piece of paper makes any difference. I'm part of that whole school of thought that says when homosexuals can get married, maybe I'll start opening my mind to it.

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.