Mendes appeared in the Pet Shop Boys' music video for "Se a vida é (That's the Way Life Is)" in 1996, Aerosmith's music video for "Hole in My Soul" in 1997, and Will Smith's music video for "Miami" in 1998.
She was the female lead in the 2005 film Hitch, making her one of the first minority actors to play the lead in a hit romantic comedy.
Mendes subsequently starred in The Wendell Baker Story, Guilty Hearts, Trust the Man, Ghost Rider, We Own the Night, Live! In 2008, she was nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress for her performance in the all-female comedy film The Women.
Although, perhaps Eva Mendes is the charismatic cult leader. It’s hard to tell which one of them is the winner in this coupling.
Who am I kidding, clearly, Ryan Gosling won the lottery.
Mendes' breakthrough role came when she appeared in Antoine Fuqua's neo-western crime thriller Training Day.
This then led to roles in All About the Benjamins, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Once Upon a Time in Mexico (which earned her a nomination at the Teen Choice Awards), Out of Time, and Stuck on You.She designs a fashion collection for New York & Company and is also the Creative Director of CIRCA Beauty, a makeup line sold at Walgreens.Mendes was born in Miami, Florida, to Cuban parents Eva Perez Suarez and Juan Carlos Mendez, and raised by her mother in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale after her parents' divorce.She has appeared in several music videos and has sung with Cee Lo Green.Mendes has been a model and ambassador for Cocio chocolate milk, Magnum ice cream, Revlon, Calvin Klein, Cartier, Thierry Mugler perfume, Reebok, Campari apéritif, Pantene shampoo, Morgan, and Peek & Cloppenburg.What the hell is up with Eva Mendes Ryan Gosling and their secret love?!