Eva Mendes Biography
Eva Mendes was raised in Los Angeles 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 Training Day (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 (Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)), Carl Franklin (Out of Time (2003/I)), John Singleton (2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)), Antoine Fuqua (Training Day (2001)) and the Farrelly Bros. (Stuck on You (2003)).
Most recently 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 (2005/I), a romantic comedy that had her playing opposite Will Smith.
Eva is currently (2005) working on the sci-fi/comic book adaptation of Ghost Rider (2007), starring Nicolas Cage, directed by Mark Steven Johnson and planned for release in 2006.
Along with acting, Eva is employed by Revlon Cosmetics as an international spokeswoman. She joins such elite actresses and models as Julianne Moore, Halle Berry and 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/filmmakers as Steven Soderbergh, Spike Jonze and Pedro Almodovar, and learning from such renowned directors as Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni.
More Interesting Information for Eva Mendes
Was a marketing major at California State University Northridge where she dropped out to pursue acting.
Appeared in an American Express credit card commercial which featured the Sheryl Crow song "Soak Up The Sun". [April 2002]
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 and Alex Kalognomos were also students there.
Has a sister named Janet living in Los Angeles.
Has played Denzel Washington's wife/girlfriend twice, first in Training Day (2001) and again in Out of Time (2003/I).
Favourite films are The Shining (1980) and Blowup (1966)
Named #12 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.
Was among the guests at Jessica Simpson's 25th birthday party.
Ranked as #53 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
Was featured as #54 in Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100 of 2002" supplement. (2002)
Ranked as #80 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2004" special supplement. (2004)
Named #44 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
Was the speaking voice....Welcome to Miami, Bienvenido a Miami....in Will Smith's song, "Miami".
Personal quotes from Eva Mendes
". . . 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."
"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.
Eva Mendes Filmography
A former cop (Jackson) who now earns a wage as a crime scene cleaner unknowingly
participates in a cover-up at his latest job.
We Own the Night (2007) .... Amanda Juarez
A New York nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian
mafia hit men.
Live! (2007) .... Katy
Ghost Rider (2007) .... Roxanne Simpson
... aka Spirited Racer (Philippines: English title: review title)
3 & 3 (2005) .... Gabriella
Trust the Man (2005) .... Faith
The Wendell Baker Story (2005) .... Doreen
Hitch (2005/I) .... Sara
Stuck on You (2003) .... April
Out of Time (2003/I) .... Alex Diaz Whitlock
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) .... Ajedrez
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) .... Monica Fuentes
... aka 2 Fast 2 Furious (Germany)
All About the Benjamins (2002) .... Gina
... aka All About the Money (Germany)
Training Day (2001) (as Eva Mendez) .... Sara
Exit Wounds (2001) .... Trish
Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000) .... Vanessa Valdeon
... aka Légendes urbaines 2 (Canada: French title)
... aka Légendes urbaines: La suite (Canada: French title)
... aka Leyendas urbanas: Corte final (USA: Spanish title)
The Disciples (2000) (TV) .... Maria Serranco
"V.I.P." .... Esmarelda / ... (2 episodes, 1999)
... aka V.I.P. - Die Bodyguards (Germany)
- Val Goes to Town (1999) TV Episode .... Esmerelda
- Val the Hard Way (1999) TV Episode (as Eva Mendez) .... Esmarelda
My Brother the Pig (1999) .... Matilda
"Mortal Kombat: Conquest" .... Hanna (1 episode, 1998)
- Thicker Than Blood (1998) TV Episode (as Eva Mendez) .... Hanna
A Night at the Roxbury (1998) .... Bridesmaid
Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998) (V) (as Eva Mendez) .... Kir
... aka Children of the Corn 5
"ER" .... Donna (1 episode, 1998)
- Exodus (1998) TV Episode (as Eva Mendez) .... Donna
Live! (2007) (executive producer)
All About the Stunts (2002) (V) (special thanks)
"HypaSpace" .... Herself (1 episode, 2007)
... aka HypaSpace Daily (Canada: English title: long title)
... aka HypaSpace Weekly (Canada: English title: long title)
- Episode #6.34 (2007) TV Episode .... Herself
Ghost Rider: Inside the Action (2007) (TV) .... Herself
Penélope, camino a los Oscar (2007) (TV) (uncredited) .... Herself
"Corazón de..." .... Herself (1 episode, 2007)
- Episode dated 30 January 2007 (2007) TV Episode .... Herself
Scream Awards 2006 (2006) (TV) .... Herself
"The Megan Mullally Show" .... Herself (1 episode, 2006)
- Episode #1.2 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" .... Herself (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
- Episode dated 28 August 2006 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 13 July 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
The 32nd Annual People's Choice Awards (2006) (TV) .... Herself
The Teen Choice Awards 2005 (2005) (TV) .... Herself - Attendee
ESPY Awards (2005) (TV) .... Herself
'Hitch': Love in New York (2005) (V) .... Herself
Will Smith's Red Carpet Race (2005) (V) (uncredited) .... Herself
2005 MTV Movie Awards (2005) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter
"Trippin" .... Herself (2 episodes, 2005)
- Bhutan (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
- Nepal (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
"Rove Live" .... Herself (1 episode, 2005)
- Episode #6.5 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
"Wetten, dass..?" .... Herself (1 episode, 2005)
- Wetten, dass..? aus Erfurt (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
"Last Call with Carson Daly" .... Herself (1 episode, 2005)
- Episode dated 17 February 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
"The Tony Danza Show" .... Herself (1 episode, 2005)
- Episode #1.98 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
"The Oprah Winfrey Show" .... Herself (1 episode, 2005)
... aka Oprah (USA: short title)
- Episode dated 7 February 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
The 31st Annual People's Choice Awards (2005) (TV) .... Herself
Reel Comedy: Hitch (2005) (TV) .... Herself
Out of Time: Crime Scene (2004) (V) .... Herself
"Tinseltown TV" .... Herself (1 episode, 2004)
- Episode dated 3 January 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
"The Sharon Osbourne Show" .... Herself (1 episode, 2003)
... aka Sharon (USA: short title)
- Episode dated 15 December 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
The Osbourne Family Christmas Special (2003) (TV) .... Herself
"The Daily Show" .... Herself (1 episode, 2003)
... aka The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (USA: new title)
... aka The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Global Edition (International: English title: cut version)
- Episode dated 8 December 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
"HBO First Look" .... Herself (1 episode, 2003)
- Stuck on You (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
The GQ Men of the Year Awards (2003) (TV) .... Herself
Making Music with Ludacris (2003) (V) .... Herself
Inside '2 Fast 2 Furious' (2003) (V) .... Herself
"E! News Daily" .... Herself (1 episode, 2003)
... aka E! News Live (USA: new title)
... aka E! News Live Weekend (USA)
- Episode dated 8 September 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
"The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn" .... Herself (1 episode, 2003)
... aka The Late Late Show (USA: short title)
- Episode dated 6 June 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
Strictly Business: Making 'All About the Benjamins' (2002) (V) .... Herself
Miami Nice (2002) (V) .... Herself
The Will Smith Music Video Collection (1999) (V) .... Girl in car (segment "Miami")
"Video on Trial"
- Episode #2.11 (2006) TV Episode (uncredited) .... Herself (segment: "Miami")
VH1 News Presents: Hollywood Secrets Revealed - Scenes They Don't Want You to See (2006) (TV) .... Herself
- Episode dated 11 January 2006 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself