Eva de la Caridad Méndez professionally referred to as Eva Mendes, is an American actress, model, and entrepreneur. Her acting career began in the late 1990s with appearances in films including Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998) and Urban Legends: Final Cut (2001).
Eva de la Caridad Mendes was born on March 5, 1974 in Miami, Florida to Eva Pérez Suárez and Juan Carlos Méndez. Her Cuban parents split when she was a little child. Eva was reared by her mother in the Los Angeles area of Silver Lake. Eva considered becoming a nun at one point in her life.
Her family is Roman Catholic. She attended Glendale, California’s Hoover High School, and studied marketing briefly at California State University, Northridge. She dropped out of college in order to pursue an acting career.
Mendes’s first acting appearance was in the 1998 direct-to-video horror film “Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror.” She played a bridesmaid in the 1998 film “A Night at the Roxbury.” She appeared in “My Brother the Pig” and “Urban Legends: Final Cut” in 1999 and 2000.
In 2001, Mendes got her big break when she was cast opposite Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke in “Training Day.” This film inspired her to continue acting, as she had become tired of the lighter, more corny films in which she had previously been placed.
She featured the following year in “All About the Benjamins.” She appeared in the films “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” “Out of Time,” and “Stuck on You” in 2003.
Then, in 2005, she participated in the romantic comedy “Hitch” starring Will Smith. She also starred in “Trust the Man” (2006), “Ghost Rider” (2007), and “We Own the Night” (2008). “The Women” and “The Spirit” were released in 2008. “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” in 2009, “The Other Guys” in 2010, and “Last Night” in 2011.
Mended co-starred with her future husband Ryan Gosling in “The Place Beyond the Pines,” “Girl in Progress,” and “Holy Motors” in 2012. In 2013, she appeared on HBO’s “Clear History,” and in 2014, she made her directing debut in Ryan Gosling’s “Lost River.”
Mendes has additionally modeled. She has appeared in music videos for Pet Shop Boys, Aerosmith, Will Smith, and The Strokes, among others. In 2005, Mendes was appointed one of Revlon’s international representatives. She helped generate funds for breast cancer research in this capacity.
She has also modeled for the signature fragrance Angel by Thierry Mugler, Reebok, and Pantene. Macy’s distributed a range of dinnerware and bed linens designed by Mendes. Early in 2013, she debuted her fashion collection, Eva by Eva Mendes, at New York & Co.
Eva Mendes’s Wealth and Income
A retired American actress, model, singer, and designer of homewares, Eva Mendes has a net worth of $20 million. Her most famous parts are in “Training Day,” “2 Fast 2 Furious,” and “Hitch,” respectively.
Personal Facts of Eva Mendes
From 2002 through 2010, Eva Mendes and filmmaker George Augusto were an item. She began dating actor Ryan Gosling in 2011. When they were both casts in “The Place Beyond the Pines,” they became acquainted. Their initial official date took place at Disneyland. The couple has twin girls.
Their first daughter, Esmeralda, was born in 2014, and their second, Amanda, in 2016. Both Eva and Ryan adore Esmeralda’s namesake figure from Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Amanda is Eva’s grandmother’s Spanish name, which means “beloved.”
In an interview conducted in 2015, Gosling said of Mendes: “I recognize that I am with the person I am meant to be with, Eva Mendes. There is nothing else that I seek.”
Eva and Ryan tied the knot in 2016. They are an extremely private pair. Mendes does not post images of Gosling or their children on social media. She and her husband appear in public infrequently.
Eva has not acted in a film since 2014 when Ryan Gosling directed “Lost River.” She stated that she has put her career on hold to focus on raising her two girls.
Mendes is a strict vegetarian. Additionally, she engages in Transcendental Meditation. Juan Carolos Mendez Jr. (1963-2016), her older brother, died of throat cancer. On her father’s side, she has an elder sister named Janet and a younger half-brother named Carlos Alberto Mendez.
In September 2020, reports began to circulate that the relationship between Mendes and Gosling was in jeopardy. Mendes reportedly wants a third child, while Gosling does not. These rumors are not supported by evidence.
In 2018, Eva sold for $1.27 million the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home she shared with Ryan and their daughter.
In the same year, the couple was reportedly outbid on a 1924-built, six-bedroom, six-bathroom Italian Revival estate known as Villa Delle Favole. It was listed for $8 million and was situated in Pasadena, California. The residence features a wine cellar, gym, pool, jacuzzi, and library.