Eva Mendes was born on March 5, 1974 in Miami, Florida. She is an American actress and model.
She began acting in the late 90s, in a series of minor roles in several smaller films, such as Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998) and Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000).
Eva Mendes has Cuban parents and was raised in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale by her mother after her parents’ divorce. Eva says that her mother suffered so much to make her life good, during her early years. Eva was raised a Roman Catholic and aspired to be a nun. She is also fluent in Spanish.
Eva never saw herself as an actress while she was young and pursued other interests. She attended Hoover High School in Glendale and later attended California State University, Northridge to study marketing, but she dropped out after wanting to begin an acting career. So she studied acting under Ivana Chubbuck.
Eva received her first big-screen break when she appeared in Training Day. That performance led to roles in Stuck on You, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and as the female lead in the comedy Hitch opposite Will Smith. Her role in Once Upon a Time in Mexico also earned her a nomination at the Teen Choice Awards. Mendes appeared in Ghost Rider with Nicolas Cage and also starred together with Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, and Robert Duvall in the film We Own the Night, and with Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson in The Spirit.
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