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Eva Mendes attended California State University, Northridge but dropped out to seek a career acting. She worked her way up through commercials to music videos to guest roles in TV series to supporting film roles. While she has not had any lead roles, she has received attention in the supporting roles she has played. Mendes has worked in interior design and written children's books.
Dropping out of school soon after
being randomly discovered by an agent, Eva appeared in a few made-for-television
productions and hammed it up with Will Ferrell
and Chris Kattan in A Night at the Roxbury
before being cast in a prominent role in Urban
Legends: Final Cut. Working against typecasting
despite her teen horror resumé, Eva next took
roles in Exit Wounds, Training Day, and All
About the Benjamins. Mendes next began work on a
children's book titled Crazy Leggs Beshee in
which she wanted to introduce art, history,
vocabulary, and values to children in a fun and
easily comprehendable medium.
In 2003, Eva's career took off, with the actress taking on large roles in an ecclectic quartet of high-profile films. In 2 Fast 2 Furious she played a customs agent working with Paul Walker to bring down a Miami drug cartel. Out of Time found her reteaming with Training Day costar Denzel Washington. Flexing her comedic chops, Mendes was the love interest of half a pair of conjoined twins in the Farrelly brothers' Stuck on You. And in Once Upon a Time in Mexico she played another government agent, this time opposite Johnny Depp.
The year 2004 saw no signs of Eva slowing down, with the Cuban-American beauty starring as the ex-girlfriend of Luke Wilson in The Wendell Baker Story, a film Wilson co-wrote with brother Owen Wilson and co-directed with sibling Andrew Wilson. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide
Filmography for Eva Mendes
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