Eva Mendes Profile
Name: Eva Mendes
Height: 5' 7"
Birth Date: March 5, 1978
Birth Place: Houston, Texas, USA
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, 1974) is a Cuban-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.
Mendes was born in Miami, to 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 was a car salesman and her mother, also named Eva, is now an elementary school principal. She is the youngest of four children (she has two sisters and a brother). She was raised Roman Catholic and aspired to be a nun. As a child, Mendes was teased about her "buck teeth".
As a child she lived in both Miami, Florida, and Los Angeles, California. She never saw herself as an actress while she was young and deigned to pursue other interests. She attended Hoover High School in Glendale and later attended California State University, Northridge to study Marketing, but dropped out after meeting boyfriend Zedrick Threatt, who helped her to seek an acting career. She studied with Ivana Chubbuck. (according to an interview @ Howard Stern show, she claimed to be from Jersey City)