In college, she began acting, studying underneath acting coach Ivana Chubbuck. Though taking many smaller roles in movies, she was little known until playing the girlfriend of Denzel Washington's character in Training Day (2001).Since then, she has been featured in a wider range of roles, from comedic to dramatic.These gave her the ability to work with many highly regarded directors, such as Robert Rodriguez (Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)), Carl Franklin (Out of Time (2003)), John Singleton (2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)), Antoine Fuqua (Training Day (2001)) and the Farrelly Bros. Eva has co-starred in an independent film, The Wendell Baker Story (2005) with Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson and Will Ferrell, with Luke Wilson directing.Before that, her biggest movie was Hitch (2005), a romantic comedy that had her playing opposite Will Smith.She is also a passionate supporter and active participant in Revlon's fight against breast cancer.
Most women, like Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz, worked long and hard at finally getting noticed for both their beauty and their talent, but for Eva, it wasn’t very difficult.Eva Mendes supports charities like World Education and The Lunchbox Fund.Eva Mendes was born in Miami, Florida but raised in Los Angeles, California of Cuban-American heritage.As the youngest of four underneath a Cuban household, Eva was born in Houston, Texas in 1978 and experienced a colorful childhood that took her from Miami to Los Angeles, where she later grew up.As a marketing major at California State Northridge, Eva wasn’t drawn to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood until after she appeared in a short film to earn some extra money.Even then Eva still wasn’t very interested in the allure of the red carpet, but after a theater agent saw a photo of the Latin beauty at her photographer neighbor’s house, he convinced her to finish school and pursue a career in acting instead.It didn’t take very long before Eva was getting a healthy supply of acting gigs, including music videos for Aerosmith and Will Smith, TV guest spots on “ER” and a short role in the B-movie cult horror flick, “Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror.” Eva continued to make her rounds as a supporting actress in films like “A Night at the Roxbury” and “Urban Legends: Final Cut” before finally nailing the part of Denzel Washington’s wife in “Training Day.” After receiving a little bit of attention for her performance alongside Denzel and Ethan Hawke, Eva suddenly became typecast as the sexy, but tough woman that led to her future roles in “2 Fast 2 Furious” and “Once Upon A Time in Mexico.” So we all know that Eva can get it down in front of the camera, but have we mentioned that she also just so happens to be incredibly hot?Eva Mendes made her onscreen debut with "Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror" and admits she was horrible in it.After small roles in TV and B-movies including "Mortal Kombat: Conquest," "V. P.," and "ER," Eva Mendes broke into the big time opposite Denzel Washington with her nude scene in the 2001 movie "Training Day." She told the Daily News, "I appreciated that because I went totally naked for the role " emotionally and physically " and the response felt amazing." Other large parts included her 2003 role in "2 Fast 2 Furious" which made bank in the U. and introduced her to a large audience as a sexy Latin woman.Eva Menes collaborated with Cee Lo Green on a song called "Pimps Don't Cry" and recorded a version of "The Windmills of Your Mind."Eva Mendes dated George Augusto from 2002 to 2010 and is now seeing Ryan Gosling.She is a graduate of Hoover High School in Glendale, and later attended California State University, but dropped out to pursue acting.