Eva Mendes captured the attention of moviegoers in a small, but pivotal role in the critically acclaimed film, “Training Day.” Since then, Mendes has proved she is adept in both comedic and dramatic roles. In a very short time, she has had the fortunate and unique opportunity to work with such esteemed directors as Carl Franklin, Robert Rodriguez, Antoine Fuqua, the Farrelly Bros. and John Singleton, therefore earning the reputation as a serious actress who is committed to her craft.
Mendes is currently in production on Columbia Picture’s supernatural action-adventure, “Ghost Rider” opposite Nicolas Cage. Ghost Rider is based on the Marvel Comic book superhero, Johnny Blaze a motorcycle stunt rider who makes a deal with the devil in order to save his father’s life only to become possessed by his demonic alter ego, Ghost Rider. The film is directed by Mark Steven Johnson and is slated for release in 2006. Eva can currently be seen in the Columbia Pictures blockbuster film, “Hitch” where she stars alongside Will Smith. Directed by Andy Tennant (“Sweet Home Alabama”), the romantic comedy tells the story of a professional matchmaker who is threatened by a female journalist who plans on exposing his dishonest methods.
Upcoming, Mendes stars in the independent film, “The Wendell Baker Story” co-starring Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson and Will Ferrell with Luke Wilson directing. The film, which is tentatively scheduled for release in 2005, is a Franchise Pictures production.
Mendes’ first serious role came when she was cast as Denzel Washington’s girlfriend in the box office success, “Training Day,” for director Antoine Fuqua. Her portrayal led to the celebrated director, Carl Franklin, hiring Mendes for the MGM feature “Out of Time,” once more starring opposite Denzel Washington. In the same year, Mendes appeared in “Once Upon A Time in Mexico” opposite Johnny Depp.
Mendes has also starred in the action blockbuster “2 Fast 2 Furious as well as the comedy feature film, “All About the Benjamins” starring opposite Ice Cube. She most recently starred opposite Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear in the Farrelly Bros. comedy, “Stuck on You.”
Mendes is also an international spokesperson for Revlon Cosmetics. Following in the elite footsteps of such beautiful women as Halle Berry, Cindy Crawford and Julianne Moore, Mendes currently appears in Revlon’s print and television advertising campaigns. She is also an active participant and ardent supporter in Revlon’s commitment in the fight against breast cancer.
Mendes, who is Cuban-American, was born in Miami and raised in Los Angeles. It was while Mendes was in college that she began her acting career. She began to study with the respected acting coach Ivana Chubbuck and soon thereafter, Mendes’ desire to appear on the big screen, became a reality. As she continues to grow as an actress, Mendes strives to develop her skills by learning from legendary filmmakers such as Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni and contemporaries like Pedro Almodovar, Spike Jonze and Steven Soderbergh.
- Bio of Eva Mendes courtesy EvaMendes.com
News, Notes and Reviews
DVD Review – A professional matchmaker’s program is threatened by a female gossip columnist who, after a chance meeting with Hitch, finds her professional life and personal life on a collision course. In just a short period of time, she makes Hitch re-evaluate his game and teaches him that love is not a feeling, it’s an action.
Hitch starring Will Smith as Alex “Hitch” Hitchens, is a surprisingly good romantic comedy for both men and women.
Despite being a bit mushy, the chemistry between Will Smith and Eva Mendes is fun to watch. And there are enough laughs to make the movie enjoyable from start to finish.
SHORT list of TV and Film credits
*You can find an entire list of credits for Eva Mendes at IMDB.com
2007: We Own the Night
2007: Ghost Rider
2005: 3 & 3
2005: Trust the Man
2005: The Wendell Baker Story
2003: Stuck on You
2003: Out of Time
2003: Once Upon a Time in Mexico
2003: 2 Fast 2 Furious
2002: All about the Benjamins
2001: Training Day
2001: Exit Wounds
2000: Urban Legends: Final Cut