Eva de la Caridad Mendes was born on March 5, 1974 in Miami, Florida to Eva Pérez Suárez and Juan Carlos Méndez. Her parents are Cubans who divorced when she was a child. Eva was reared by her mother in Los Angeles' Silver Lake area. Eva's family is Roman Catholic, and she explored becoming a nun as a youngster. She graduated from Hoover High School in Glendale, California, and briefly studied marketing at California State University, Northridge. She dropped out of college to pursue an acting career.
Mendes' first acting appearance was in the direct-to-video horror film “Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror” in 1998. She also appeared as a bridesmaid in “A Night at the Roxbury” in 1998. She featured in “My Brother the Pig” and “Urban Legends: Final Cut” in 1999 and 2000, respectively.
Mendes' major break came in 2001 when she was cast in “Training Day” alongside Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. This film inspired her to keep performing after she'd gotten weary of the lighter, more corny films she'd been placed in up to that point. She featured in “All About the Benjamins” the following year.
She appeared in “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” “Out of Time,” and “Stuck on You” in 2003. Then, in 2005, she co-starred in the romantic comedy “Hitch” with Will Smith. She also appeared in “Trust the Man” in 2006, “Ghost Rider” in 2007, and “We Own the Night” in 2008. “The Women” and “The Spirit,” both released in 2008, “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” was released in 2009, followed by “The Other Guys” and “Last Night” in 2010.
Mended appeared in “The Place Beyond the Pines,” “Girl in Progress,” and “Holy Motors” in 2012, alongside her future husband Ryan Gosling. She made her HBO debut in “Clear History” in 2013, and her directing debut in “Lost River” the following year.
Mendes has also been a model. She has starred in music videos for the Pet Shop Boys, Aerosmith, Will Smith, and The Strokes, among others.
Net Worth of Eva Mendes
As of this writing, Eva Mendes has an estimated net worth of $20 million according to celebritynetworth.
Eva Mendes is a retired American actress, model, singer, and homeware designer.
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Eva Mendes was in a relationship with director George Augusto from 2002 to 2010.
She started dating actor Ryan Gosling in 2011. They met while filming “The Place Beyond the Pines.” They went to Disneyland for their first formal date. The couple is the parents of two girls. Esmeralda was born in 2014, and Amada was born in 2016. Eva and Ryan both like the character Esmeralda from Victor Hugo's “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Eva's grandmother's name is Amada, which translates as “beloved” in Spanish.
Gosling stated about Mendes in a 2015 interview: “I know I'm with the right woman, Eva Mendes. Nothing else is on my mind.”
Eva married Ryan in 2016. They are a quiet pair. Mendes does not post pictures of Gosling or their children on social media. She and her spouse are rarely seen together in public.
Eva hasn't starred in a film since Gosling's “Lost River” in 2014. She has stated that she has taken a professional break to raise her two kids.
Mendes eats fish. She is also a Transcendental Meditation practitioner.
Juan Carolos Mendez Jr., her older brother, died from throat cancer in 2016. On her father's side, she has an elder sister named Janet as well as a younger half-brother named Carlos Alberto Mendez.
Rumors began spreading in September 2020 that Mendes and Gosling's relationship was in danger. According to reports, Mendes wants a third kid but Gosling does not. These rumors have yet to be confirmed.
Eva sold her three-bedroom, two-bathroom house in 2018 for $1.27 million.
That same year, the couple was reportedly outbid on Villa Delle Favole, a six-bedroom, six-bathroom Italian Revival home erected in 1924. It was for sale for $8 million in Pasadena, California. There is a wine cellar, a gym, a swimming pool, a spa, and a library in the mansion.