Eva Mendes was born on March 5, 1974 in Miami. She grew up in Los Angeles and as she was growing up was aspiring to become a nun. At California State University she studied marketing, but dropped out to pursue acting. She studied acting under Ivana Chubbuck (who’s students also included Brad Pitt, Halle Berry and Terrence Howard amongst many others).
Her first movie role was in Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror, a straight to video release. She acted in several small movies, but had her big break when she appeared in Training Day. She has since starred in a lot of movies including 2 Fast 2 Furious, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Out of Time, Hitch, Ghostrider and Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.
Although she might no have had many huge roles I’ve always had a soft spot for Eva Mendes and love the fact she can be very funny (for example in The Other Guys), but is excellent in serious roles too (like Training Day or We Own the Night).
What’s your favorite Eva Mendes role?