Eva de la Caridad Méndez, or as she is better known Eva Mendes (March 5, 1974) is an American actress and model, born in Miami, Florida.
Her acting career began in the late 90s, with a series of roles in low budget movies like Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror and Urban Legends: Final Cut. She became a houshold name after her performance in Training Day. That role brought her fame and parts in commercially successful movies, including 2 Fast 2 Furious, Hitch, Ghost Rider, The Spirit, We Own the Night, Bad Lieutenant, Last Night, The Place Beyond the Pines, Out of Time, The Women, The Other Guys, Girl in Progress, and others.
As a model Eva Mendes has worked for various high profile brands, including Calvin Klein, Cartier, Reebok, Pantene shampoo, Morgan, and Peek & Cloppenburg. She has designed for New York & Company and is the creative director of CIRCA Beauty, a makeup line sold at Walgreens.
Mendes ranked 54th (2002), 12th (2005), 7th (2007 and 2008), and 11th (2010) in Maxim magazine’s Hot 100 list. She also ranked 80th (2004), 23rd (2005) and 44th (2006) in FHM magazine’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World”. Eva Mendes was voted number four in the 2008 edition, and number one in the 2009 edition, of AskMen.com’s Top 99 Most Desirable Women. In 2012 pundits also named her Most Beautiful at Every Age.
Lately she has been more focused on the business part of her career and family, haven’t had any movie/TV related work since 2014 (the year her first child was born).
For years Eva Mendez has been in relationship with another Hollywood star Ryan Gosling (couple net on the set of The Place Beyond the Pines). They have two kids together, but as per numerous reports haven’t been married yet.