More Eva Mendes Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for 2 Fast 2 Furious)Since arriving in Hollywood, newcomer Eva Mendes has quickly ascended to stardom and four major studio releases this year (including 2 Fast 2 Furious) will solidify her as a household name.
Mendes received the most recognition for her unforgettable role starring opposite Denzel Washington in the box office hit Training Day for director Antoine Fuqua. The performance also led to the upcoming Carl Franklin-helmed feature Out of Time, once more starring opposite Denzel Washington; in Out of Time, Mendes stars as a detective teamed with a small town police officer (Washington) investigating a missing persons case. The film is slated for a fall 2003 release.
Also this fall, she can be seen in Once Upon a Time in Mexico opposite Antonio Banderas and Johnny Depp. The film is the final chapter of director Robert Rodriguez's trilogy that started with his debut feature, El Mariachi, and continued with Desperado.
Mendes recently completed filming Stuck on You (slated for a winter 2003 release) for directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly. The story centers on conjoined twins (Greg Kinnear and Matt Damon) who have aspirations to act; she plays Greg Kinnear's love interest, an actress who encourages his ambitions.
Mendes hails from Miami, but was discovered in Los Angeles by a photographer who asked to shoot a session with her. The resulting photos began a chain reaction of success, landing her a manager, commercial and film roles, and agency representation. Eva left college and is studying with acting coach Ivana Chubbuck, the mentor to such actors as Elisabeth Shue and Halle Berry.