Thursday, 6 December, 2007

Eva Mendes In Campari Calendar 2008

Eva Mendes Profile

Name: Eva Mendes

Height: 5' 7"

Sex: F

Nationality: American

Birth Date: March 5, 1978

Birth Place: Houston, Texas, USA

Profession: actress

Education: Herbert Hoover High School in Glendale, California
California State University in Northridge (majored in Marketing; dropped out to pursue a career as an actress)

Claim to fame: as Sara Harris in Training Day (2001)

Eva Mendes Biography

Eva Mendes (born March 5, 1975) 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 and Hitch.

Mendes was born in Miami, Florida to "lower-middle-class" Cuban-American parents and was raised in Los Angeles by her mother after her parents' divorce; Mendes has said that her mother "suffered so much to make my life OK" during her early years. Her father is a car salesman and her mother, Eva, is now an elementary school principal. She had a Catholic upbringing and aspired to be a nun. As a child, Mendes was teased about her "buck teeth". She went to Hoover High School in Glendale, California and later attended California State University, Northridge to study Marketing but dropped out to seek an acting career. She studied with Ivana Chubbuck.

Mendes worked her way up through commercials to music videos (including an appearance in Will Smith's video "Miami" and a Pet Shop Boys music video in 1996 and Aerosmith's video "Hole in My Soul" in 1997) to guest roles in television soap operas and supporting film roles. 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 costarred in Ghost Rider with Nicolas Cage, and most recently she starred alongside Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, and Robert Duvall in the film We Own the Night.

Mendes is a spokesmodel for Revlon. She has also worked in interior design and has written children's books.

Maxim ranked her #7 in its 2007 Hot 100 issue. Mendes also made her second Maxim cover in the November 2007 issue.

Mendes, despite resisting offers from playboy, appeared naked in Flaunt Magazine. Although her breasts weren't exposed, readers did get to see her bare back and buttocks. Mendes said about the shoot, "I actually did a little nude shot. You won't see anything. I was covering myself... but I love Flaunt. I think their artwork is some of the best artwork out there as far as photography is concerned, so I took it off. "I felt really comfortable. It was fun. There's something really liberating about it."

Eva Mendes is a spokesmodel for the 2008 Calender of Campari, inspired in fairy tales, by photographer Marino Parisotto


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