Eva Mendes is a famous Cuban-American actress. Born in 1975 in Miami to Cuban parents and raised in Los Angeles
Eva Mendes is a famous Cuban-American actress. Born in 1975 in Miami to Cuban parents and raised in Los Angeles, Eva Mendes was the only child of four to be born in the USA. Young Eva Mendes originally wanted to become a nun, but later pursued marketing at California State University in the 1990s where she also took acting classes under Ivana Chubbuck. Eva Mendes eventually dropped out of college to pursue acting when she was discovered by an agent who had seen a picture of her.
Eva Mendes slowly landed work in various commercials and music videos such as Will Smith's “Miami”, Aerosmith's “Hole in My Sole”, and the Pet Shop Boy's “Se a vida é” before landing her first film debut in Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998), which went straight to video. The same year the actress appeared in an episode of the popular American TV series ER.
The Cuban actress stared in several more films before landing her first big break when she appeared opposite Denzel Washington in the movie Training Day (2001). The role gained Eva Mendes attention which ultimately led to a slew of other films such as: Stuck on You (2003), Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003), Hitch (2005), Ghost Rider (2006), We Own the Night (2007), The Spirit (2008), Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) and The Other Guys (2010). Eva Mendes mostly interprets Latin American women roles.
In addition to Eva Mendes' successful acting career she is also known as a Latin beauty, often ranked very highly in magazine beauty rankings. Eva Mendes lends her image to Revlon Cosmetics with who she actively participates in fund raising campaigns for breast cancer research. The Cuban American actress has posed nude for a Calvin Klein perfume campaign as well as in support of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
The actress continues to appear in many films since proving that she is adept in both comedic and dramatic roles. Eva Mendes has worked with esteemed directors and continues to earn a reputation as a serious actress who is deeply committed to her career, a true role model for aspiring Latin American entertainers.