Born: March 5, 1974 Height: 5'6"
Eva Mendes is an American actress. Mendes was born in Miami, Florida to "lower-middle-class" Cuban-American parents and was raised in Los Angeles. As a child, Mendes was teased about her "buck teeth." She went to Hoover High School in Glendale, California and later attended California State University, Northridge but dropped out to seek an acting career.
Mendes worked her way up through commercials to music videos (including an appearance in Will Smith's video "Miami" and a Pet Shop Boys music video in 1996) to guest roles in television soap operas and supporting film roles. She received her first big-screen break when she appeared in the award-winning and critically-acclaimed Training Day
. That performance led to roles in Stuck on You
, Once Upon a Time in Mexico
, All About the Benjamins
, 2 Fast 2 Furious
and as the female lead in the comedy Hitch
opposite Will Smith. Her role in Once Upon a Time in Mexico
also gave her a nomination at the Teen Choice Awards. She has been in multiple major movie projects, Ghost Rider
, with Nicolas Cage.
Mendes is a spokesmodel for Revlon. She has also worked in interior design and has written children's books. Maxim ranked her #27 in its 2006 Hot 100 issue and # 7 in 2007.
Mendes has been in a long-term relationship with filmmaker George Gargurevich. She lives in the Hollywood Hills. When not on the set she loves music, hiking, biking, skiing, mountain climbing and interior design.
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