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Short Info

Net Worth$15 million
Date Of BirthMarch 5, 1974
MarkBeauty mark on her left cheek
FactAdmires the film Network (1976), which inspired her to take up the film Live! (2007).

Eva Mendes is an American actress, model and businesswoman. 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 change to mainstream Hollywood films, appearing in Training Day (2001), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), Hitch (2005), We Own the Night (2007), The Other Guys (2010) and Ghost Rider (2007). She has also appeared in several music videos, including for Will Smith’s “Wild Wild West” (1999), Snoop Dogg’s “Holidae In” (2003) and Ryan Cabrera’s “True” (2004).

Mendes was born in Miami, Florida, to Cuban parents Eva Pérez Suárez and Juan Carlos Mendes. She was raised Catholic and attended a Catholic school, where she began modeling and acting in school plays. Mendes has two sisters, Janet and Rebecca. She attended Herbert Hoover High School in Glendale, and then studied marketing at California State University Northridge. Mendes began her acting career after a talent manager saw her photo in a friend’s portfolio. Her first film role was in the direct-to-video Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998). She subsequently appeared in the independent films A Night at the Roxbury (1998) and My Brother the Pig (1999).

Mendes’ breakthrough role came when she appeared in the film Training Day (2001) opposite Denzel Washington. The film was a critical and commercial success, and Mendes’ performance earned her an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress. She then appeared in the commercially successful films 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) and Hitch (2005). In 2006, Mendes starred opposite Joaquin Phoenix in the crime drama We Own the Night, directed by James Gray. The film was a critical and commercial success, and Mendes’ performance earned her another NAACP Image Award nomination.

Mendes’ next film role was in the 2007 horror film Ghost Rider, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. The film was a critical and commercial failure, but Mendes’ performance was praised by critics. In 2008, Mendes starred opposite Will Smith in the action comedy Hancock. The film was a critical and commercial success, and Mendes’ performance earned her a third NAACP Image Award nomination.

In 2010, Mendes starred opposite Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson in the action comedy The Other Guys. The film was a critical and commercial success, and Mendes’ performance earned her a fourth NAACP Image Award nomination. In 2012, Mendes starred opposite Ryan Gosling in the romantic drama The Place Beyond the Pines. The film was a critical and commercial success, and Mendes’ performance earned her a fifth NAACP Image Award nomination.

Mendes has also appeared in several music videos, including for Will Smith’s “Wild Wild West” (1999), Snoop Dogg’s “Holidae In” (2003) and Ryan Cabrera’s “True” (2004).

Mendes has been in a relationship with actor Ryan Gosling since 2011. They have two daughters together: Esmeralda Amada (born 2014) and Amada Lee (born 2016).

Mendes is 5 feet 6 inches tall and has a curvaceous figure. She is of Cuban descent and has dark brown hair and brown eyes.

General Info

Full NameEva Mendes
Net Worth$15 million
Date Of BirthMarch 5, 1974
Height1.68 m
ProfessionModel, Spokesperson, Singer, Businessperson, Designer
EducationHerbert Hoover High School, California State University, Northridge


ChildrenEsmeralda Amada Gosling, Amada Lee Gosling
ParentsJuan Carlos Mendez, Eva Perez Suarez
SiblingsCarlo Mendez, Janet Mendes, Carlos Mendez
PartnerRyan Gosling, Ryan Gosling


AwardsCapri Global Award, Giffoni Award
NominationsTeen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Comedy, ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Love Scene, ALMA Award for Favorite Movie Actress - Supporting Role, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Star - Female, Premio Juventud for She Stea...
MoviesThe Place Beyond the Pines, Hitch, We Own the Night, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Training Day, Ghost Rider, The Other Guys, Out of Time, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Stuck on You, Girl in Progress, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, The Spirit, The Women, Lost River, Holy Motors, Urban Legends: Final Cu...

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#Marks / Signs
1Seductive deep voice
2Curvaceous, buxom figure
3Beauty mark on her left cheek
4Natural brunette hair


1It's fun to be a woman. It's fun to flirt and wear makeup and have boobs.
2I feel I'll take on the responsibility of showing the world a whole different kind of Latin woman.
3I 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.
4I 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.
5I'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.
6I 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.
7I 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.
8The 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.
9I 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.
10I wanted to go into art history. Acting fell into my lap when a neighbor took pictures of me and showed them to an agent.


1Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 42, a daughter named Amada Lee Gosling on April 29, 2016 in Santa Monica, California at 8:03 a.m. Amada was Eva's grandmother's name. It means 'beloved' in Spanish. Child's father is her boyfriend, Ryan Gosling.
2Gave birth to her 1st child at age 40, a daughter named Esmeralda Amada Gosling on September 12, 2014 in Los Angeles via Caesarean section. Her daughter Esmeralda's middle name Amada is taken from a character Mendes played in the movie We Own the Night (2007). Mendes has stated that she believes this to be her best performance on screen. Amada also was Eva's grandmother's name. It means 'beloved' in Spanish. Child's father is her boyfriend, Ryan Gosling.
3In a relationship with Ryan Gosling since September 2011. They have 2 daughters.
4Was in a relationship with filmmaker George Augusto from 2002-2011.
5Owns 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.
6Ranked #11 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2010 list.
7Frequently appears in Calvin Klein Underwear advertising campaigns with Irish male model Jamie Dornan (2009- ).
8Is 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.
9Admires the film Network (1976), which inspired her to take up the film Live! (2007).
10Ranked #7 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2008 list (She was ranked #7 on the previous year's list, as well.).
11On February 7, 2008, she has entered the Cinque Lodge rehab facility in Utah to battle substance abuse issues.
12Was originally cast as Susan Ortega in Bruce Almighty (2003) but had to be replaced due to scheduling conflicts.
13Speaks Spanish fluently. English is her second language.
14Ranked #7 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2007 list.
15Was 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 in Hitch (2005), she mentioned this to him during rehearsals. But Smith sheepishly admitted that he did not remember her.
16Ranked #44 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement.
17Ranked #80 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2004" supplement.
18Was featured as #54 on Maxim magazine's "Hot 100 Women of 2002" supplement.
19Ranked #53 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" supplement.
20Was among the guests at Jessica Simpson's 25th birthday party.
21Ranked #12 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2005 list.
22Her favourite films are the mystery drama Blow-Up (1966) and the horror film The Shining (1980).
23Has played Denzel Washington's wife/girlfriend twice: Training Day (2001) and Out of Time (2003).
24Has one sister, Janet Mendes, living in Los Angeles, California.
25Graduated from Herbert Hoover High School in Glendale, California. John Cho, Joseph Hahn and Alex Kalognomos were also students there.
26Her hobbies are music, sports (hiking, biking, skiing and mountain climbing) and interior design.
27Loves interior designing and would undertake this profession if not acting.
28Is 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.
29Was a marketing major at the California State University, Northridge before she dropped out to pursue acting.
30Is Cuban-American and was raised Roman Catholic.




Lost River2014Cat
Clear History2013TV MovieJennifer
The Place Beyond the Pines2012Romina
Holy Motors2012Kay M
Girl in Progress2012Grace
Drunk History Christmas2011ShortMa
Fast Five2011Monica Fuentes (uncredited)
Last Night2010/ILaura
The Other Guys2010Dr. Sheila Gamble
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans2009Frankie Donnenfield
The Spirit2008Sand Saref
The Women2008/ICrystal Allen
Cleaner2007Ann Norcut
We Own the Night2007Amada Juarez
Ghost Rider2007Roxanne Simpson
Guilty Hearts2006Gabriella
Trust the Man2005Faith Faison
The Wendell Baker Story2005Doreen
Stuck on You2003April Mercedes
Out of Time2003/IAlex Diaz Whitlock
Once Upon a Time in Mexico2003Ajedrez
2 Fast 2 Furious2003Monica Fuentes
All About the Benjamins2002Gina
Training Day2001Sara (as Eva Mendez)
Exit Wounds2001Trish
Urban Legends: Final Cut2000Vanessa Valdeon
The Disciples2000TV MovieMaria Serranco
My Brother the Pig1999Matilda (as Eva Mendez)
V.I.P.1999TV SeriesEsmeralda
Mortal Kombat: Conquest1998TV SeriesHanna
A Night at the Roxbury1998Bridesmaid (as Eva Mendez)
Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror1998VideoKir (as Eva Mendez)
ER1998TV SeriesDonna


Lost River2014performer: "A Bloody Good Time"
The Other Guys2010performer: "Pimps Don't Cry"


California Romanza2011Short


California Romanza2011Short


Live!2007executive producer


All About the Stunts2002Video documentary short special thanks


How Will Ferrell Touched Me2011ShortHerself
Access Hollywood Live2011TV SeriesHerself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2003-2011TV SeriesHerself
Guys Choice Awards 20112011TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
2011 MTV Movie Awards2011TV SpecialHerself
13th Annual Young Hollywood Awards2011TV SpecialHerself - Award Presenter
Chelsea Lately2010-2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2003-2011TV SeriesHerself
Lopez Tonight2009-2011TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2011TV SeriesHerself
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber2011TV Series
The 2011 Independent Spirit Awards2011TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
IFC News Special: Spirit Award Nominations2011TV MovieHerself
16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2011TV Movie documentaryHerself
Great Performances2010TV SeriesHerself - Host
Cinema 32008-2010TV SeriesHerself
Días de cine2010TV SeriesHerself
El hormiguero2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Buenafuente2010TV SeriesHerself
Janela Indiscreta2010TV SeriesHerself
Le grand journal de Canal+2008-2010TV Series documentaryHerself
Made in Hollywood2010TV SeriesHerself
Pimps Don't Cry2010Video shortHerself
Entertainment Tonight2007-2010TV SeriesHerself
Live with Kelly and Michael2007-2010TV SeriesHerself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2010TV SeriesHerself
With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story2010DocumentaryHerself
Was ich bin sind meine Filme - Teil 2... nach 30 Jahren2010DocumentaryHerself
2009 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special2009TV SpecialHerself
The 3rd Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute2009TV Movie documentaryHerself - Presenter
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2009TV SeriesHerself
At the Movies2009TV SeriesHerself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2009TV SeriesHerself
The Spirit: Green World2009Video shortHerself
2 Fast 2 Furious: Fast Females2009Video shortHerself
Quelli che... il calcio2009TV SeriesHerself
The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards2009TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2007-2008TV SeriesHerself
Der Kabel 1 Kinotipp2008TV Series documentary
Cartelera2008TV SeriesHerself
Larry King Live2008TV SeriesHerself
Rachael Ray2008TV SeriesHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Warren Beatty2008TV SpecialHerself
Spike Guys Choice2008TV MovieHerself
The Making of 'We Own the Night'2008Video documentaryHerself
Hotel Gramercy Park2008DocumentaryHerself (as Eva Mendez)
Balls of Steel2008TV SeriesHerself
Tension: Creating 'We Own the Night'2008Video shortHerself
T'empêches tout le monde de dormir2008TV SeriesHerself
The Directors2008TV Series documentaryHerself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Blazing Trails: The Making of 'Ghost Rider'2007Video documentary shortHerself
Ghost Rider: Comic-Con 20052007Video documentary shortHerself
Ghost Rider: Comic-Con 20062007Video documentary shortHerself
Spirit of Vengeance: The Making of 'Ghost Rider'2007Video documentaryHerself
18th Annual GLAAD Media Awards2007TV SpecialHerself
Knocked Up2007Herself (uncredited)
eTalk Daily2007TV SeriesHerself
HypaSpace2007TV Series documentaryHerself
Penélope, camino a los Oscar2007TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Ghost Rider: Inside the Action2007TV MovieHerself
Corazón de...2007TV SeriesHerself
Moving Image Salutes Will Smith2007TV MovieHerself
4Real2007TV Series documentaryHerself
Scream Awards 20062006TV SpecialHerself
The Megan Mullally Show2006TV SeriesHerself
Fashion Rocks2006TV MovieHerself
2006 MTV Movie Awards2006TV SpecialHerself
The 32nd Annual People's Choice Awards2006TV Special documentaryHerself
VH1 News Presents: Hip Hop Videos - Sexploitation on the Set2005TV MovieHerself
The Teen Choice Awards 20052005TV SpecialHerself - Attendee
ESPY Awards2005TV SpecialHerself
'Hitch': Love in New York2005Video documentary shortHerself
Will Smith's Red Carpet Race2005Video documentary shortHerself (uncredited)
2005 MTV Movie Awards2005TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Trippin2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Continuarà...2005TV SeriesHerself
Rove Live2005TV SeriesHerself
Wetten, dass..?2005TV SeriesHerself
Last Call with Carson Daly2005TV SeriesHerself
The Tony Danza Show2005TV SeriesHerself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2005TV SeriesHerself
The 31st Annual People's Choice Awards2005TV SpecialHerself
The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards2004TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Out of Time: Crime Scene2004Video documentary shortHerself
Tinseltown TV2004TV SeriesHerself
The Sharon Osbourne Show2003TV SeriesHerself
The Osbourne Family Christmas Special2003TV SpecialHerself
HBO First Look2003TV Series documentaryHerself
The GQ Men of the Year Awards2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
Inside '2 Fast 2 Furious'2003Video documentary shortHerself
Making Music with Ludacris2003Video documentary shortHerself
E! News Live2003TV SeriesHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2003TV SeriesHerself
Reel Comedy2003TV SeriesHerself
Miami Nice2002Video documentary shortHerself
Strictly Business: Making 'All About the Benjamins'2002Video documentary shortHerself
The Will Smith Music Video Collection1999Video documentaryGirl in Car (segment "Miami")
Extra2015-2016TV SeriesHerself
The Wendy Williams Show2015TV SeriesHerself
Buzz: AT&T Original Documentaries2015TV Series documentaryHerself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2008-2014TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Good Morning America2013-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
The Queen Latifah Show2013-2014TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The View2013TV SeriesHerself
Tavis Smiley2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Conan2010-2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Daily Show2003-2013TV SeriesHerself
Late Show with David Letterman2007-2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Drive in Holy Motors2013DocumentaryHerself
Going to the Place Beyond the Pines2013Video documentary shortHerself
Half the Sky2012DocumentaryHerself
The Conversation2012TV SeriesHerself
The Talk2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest

Archive Footage

Extra2015-2016TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2014-2016TV SeriesHerself
The Insider2014TV SeriesHerself
Made in Hollywood2012TV SeriesHerself
Almost Famous IV2011TV Movie documentaryAerosmith video
Breakfast2010TV SeriesHerself - Actress
Buscando a Penélope2009TV Movie documentaryHerself
Video on Trial2006TV SeriesHerself (segment "Miami")
VH1 News Presents: Hollywood Secrets Revealed - Scenes They Don't Want You to See2006TV ShortHerself
Corazón de...2006TV SeriesHerself
101 Sexiest Celebrity Bodies2005TV MovieHerself - Place #11


Won Awards

2009Giffoni AwardGiffoni Film Festival
2005Capri Global AwardCapri, Hollywood

Nominated Awards

2013Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Actress/Supporting Actress - Feature FilmThe Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
2013Halfway AwardInternational Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)Best Supporting ActressThe Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
2012ALMA AwardALMA AwardsFavorite Movie Actress - Drama/AdventureGirl in Progress (2012)
2012Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Actress/Feature FilmGirl in Progress (2012)
2011ALMA AwardALMA AwardsFavorite Movie Actress - Comedy/MusicalThe Other Guys (2010)
2011Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actress: ComedyThe Other Guys (2010)
2009ALMA AwardALMA AwardsActress in FilmThe Women (2008)
2009Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActressThe Women (2008)
2007ALMA AwardALMA AwardsOutstanding Actress - Motion PictureTrust the Man (2005)
2007Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Actress - FilmGhost Rider (2007)
2006ALMA AwardALMA AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Motion PictureHitch (2005)
2005Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actress: ComedyHitch (2005)
2005Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Love SceneHitch (2005)
2004Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Breakout Movie Star - Female2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
2002ALMA AwardALMA AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureTraining Day (2001)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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