In the upcoming film, The Place Beyond the Pines, actress, model and singer, Eva Mendes gives arguably the best performance of her career. The sexy Cuban beauty shows that not only is amazing to look at but has the talent to match.
Early in her life, Mendes idolized supermodel Cindy Crawford and now inspires others with her stunning beauty. She has crafted a successful career blending comedy and drama, seamlessly throughout her work.
The 39 year-old starlet began acting in the late 1990s. Mendes “always had high hopes” for herself, she didn’t consider an acting career until a talent manager saw her photo in a friend’s portfolio. Her first film appearance was in the direct-to-video Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror. Mendes was “so ashamed” by her performance in the film that she decided to hire an acting coach so that she wouldn’t “squirm” when watching herself in future roles. In this period of her career, she also starred in A Night at the Roxbury, Mortal Kombat: Conquest, My Brother the Pig, The Disciples, Urban Legends: Final Cut and Exit Wounds.
Mendes’ breakthrough role came when she appeared in Training Day as the girlfriend of Denzel Washington’s character. She found it to be a fulfilling experience: “I thought, ‘This is what people meant about acting.” That performance led to roles in All About the Benjamins, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Once Upon a Time in Mexico (which earned her a nomination at the Teen Choice Awards), Out of Time and Stuck on You. She was the female lead in the 2005 comedy Hitch opposite Will Smith. They were the first minority actors to play leads in a hit romantic comedy. She then starred in The Wendell Baker Story, Guilty Hearts, Trust the Man, and Ghost Rider. In 2007, she starred alongside Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, and Robert Duvall in the film We Own the Night.
In 2008, she received a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress for her performance in The Women. She next starred in The Spirit, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, The Other Guys, Last Night and Fast Five. In August 2010, Mendes appeared in a Funny or Die video spoof, selling her “S.E.X. tape”. She also sang for the Funny or Die music video “Pimps Don’t Cry,” a song featured in The Other Guys.
She began dating her The Place Beyond the Pines‘ co-star Ryan Gosling in 2011 and their chemistry is undeniable in the drama as Mendes plays the lover of Gosling, who secretly has his child.
The film opens in theaters on March 29th; check out some sexy images from Mendes, below: