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Eva Mendes (born March 5, 1974) is an American actress, model and singer. 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 as including 2 Fast 2 FuriousGhost RiderWe Own the Night. and the comedies Stuck on YouHitch and The Other Guys.

She has appeared in several music videos and sung with CeeLo Green. Mendes has been a model and image person for Cocio chocolate milk, Magnum ice cream, RevlonCalvin KleinCartierThierry Mugler perfume, ReebokCampari apéritif, Pantene shampoo, Morgan and Peek & Cloppenburg clothes. She designed a fashion collection for New York & Company in 2013.

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 [hide*1 Early life

Early lifeEdit

Mendes was born in MiamiFlorida, to Cuban parents, and was 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][2] Her mother worked for an aerospace company and her father ran a meat distribution business.[3] She attended Hoover High School in Glendale and later attended California State University, Northridge to study marketing, but left college and studied acting under Ivana Chubbuck.[4]

CareerEdit

ActressEdit

[1][2]Mendes at the 2009 Venice Film Festival

Mendes began her acting career after a talent manager saw her photo in a friend's portfolio.[5] 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.[6] She then appeared in the films A Night at the Roxbury,Mortal Kombat: ConquestMy Brother the PigThe DisciplesUrban Legends: Final Cut and Exit Wounds.

Mendes' breakthrough role came when she appeared in Training Day[6] and led to roles in All About the Benjamins2 Fast 2 FuriousOnce 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.[7] She starred in The Wendell Baker StoryGuilty HeartsTrust the ManGhost RiderWe Own the NightLive! and Cleaner.

In 2008, she was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress for her performance in The Women.[8] She appeared in The SpiritBad Lieutenant: Port of Call New OrleansThe Other GuysLast NightFast Five and the spoof video, Funny or Die.[9] In 2012, Eva Mendes visited Sierra Leone and was featured in the PBS documentary Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.[10] She starred in the 2013 movie The Place Beyond the Pines[11]Entertainment Weekly described her performance as "quietly heartbreaking."[12]

Model and spokespersonEdit

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.[13] Mendes appeared nude in a print ad for Calvin Klein's Secret Obsession perfume which was banned in the United States.[14] In December 2007, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) used a nude photo of Mendes for their anti-fur campaign.[15] She modelled in a Morgan campaign.[16] Mendes was a spokesmodel for the 2008 Campari calendar.[17] 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.[18] Mendes has been a spokesperson for Calvin Klein,[19] Magnum,[20] and the chocolate milk brand Cocio.[21] She also promoted Thierry Mugler's Angel fragrance.[22] Reebok shoes[23] and Pantene shampoo.[24] She appeared in a Peek & Cloppenburg clothing catalog in 2011.[25]

OtherEdit

Mendes has a line of bed linens and dinnerware that are sold at Macy's.[26][27][28] In 2010, Mendes sang on "Pimps Don't Cry," a song featured in The Other Guys[29] and performed a duet with CeeLo Greenon "Pimps Don't Cry."[30] In 2011, she recorded a version of "The Windmills of Your Mind."[31]

ReceptionEdit

Mendes was voted as number four in the 2008 edition, and number one[32] in the 2009 edition, of AskMen.com's Top 99 Most Desirable Women. Maxim ranked Mendes number seven in its 2007 Hot 100 issue.[33] She appeared on the cover of Maxim for the second time in November 2007.[34] Maxim ranked Mendes #11 in its 2010 Hot 100 issue.[35] People named her one of 2012 Most Beautiful at Every Age.[36]

Personal lifeEdit

Mendes had a relationship with George Augusto from 2002 to 2010[37][38][39] and began a relationship with actor Ryan Gosling in September 2011. Mendes spent several weeks at the Cirque Lodge addiction facility in 2008 to address "personal issues"[40] and refuses to disclose the details of her condition.[41] Mendes practices Transcendental Meditation.[42]

FilmographyEdit

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 cameo)
2012 Holy Motors Kay M
2012 Girl in Progress Grace
2013 The Place Beyond the Pines Romina
2013 Clear History Jennifer
2014 Lost River Diana
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