Actress of the Day: EVA MENDES
What she’s in: THE SPIRIT coming out December 25, 2008.
Her Character: Sand Saref
Why we like her: It’s hard not to notice the gorgeous Eva Mendes, especially since she has shown over and over again that she is not only a pretty face, she can act too. I expect great things from her in The Spirit and I don’t think she will disappoint.
Eva Mendes (born March 5, 1974) is an American actress. She began acting in the late 1990s, and became known after a series of roles in several major Hollywood films, including 2 Fast 2 Furious, Hitch, Training Day, Ghost Rider and We Own the Night.
One day she caught the eye of an agent who convinced her to pursue acting more steadily. Mendes worked her way up through commercials to music videos (including an appearance in Will Smith’s video “Miami” and the Pet Shop Boys music video for “Se a vida é (That’s the way life is)” in 1996 and Aerosmith’s video “Hole in My Soul” in 1997) to guest roles in soap operas and supporting film roles. Her first film appearance was in the direct-to-video Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror.
She received her first big-screen break when she appeared in the award-winning and critically-acclaimed Training Day. That performance led to roles in Stuck on You, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and as the female lead in the comedy Hitch opposite Will Smith. Her role in Once Upon a Time in Mexico also gave her a nomination at the Teen Choice Awards. Mendes has also been in commercials for Gushers, Revlon, and Levi’s. Mendes costarred in Ghost Rider with Nicolas Cage, and most recently starred alongside Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, and Robert Duvall in the film We Own the Night.
Along with acting, Mendes is employed by Revlon Cosmetics as an international spokeswoman. She joins such elite actresses and models as Julianne Moore, Halle Berry and Cindy Crawford, who appear in Revlon’s television and print ads. She is also a passionate supporter and active participant in Revlon’s fight against breast cancer.
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) (post-production)
The Spirit (2008) …. Sand Saref
The Women (2008/I) …. Crystal Allen
Cleaner (2007) …. Ann Norcut
We Own the Night (2007) …. Amada Juarez
Live! (2007) …. Katy
Ghost Rider (2007) …. Roxanne Simpson
Guilty Hearts (2005) …. Gabriella
Trust the Man (2005) …. Faith
The Wendell Baker Story (2005) …. Doreen
Hitch (2005/I) …. Sara Melas
Stuck on You (2003) …. April Mercedes
Out of Time (2003/I) …. Alex Diaz Whitlock
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) …. Ajedrez
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) …. Monica Fuentes
All About the Benjamins (2002) …. Gina
Training Day (2001) (as Eva Mendez) …. Sara
Exit Wounds (2001) …. Trish
Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000) …. Vanessa Valdeon
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