Eva Mendes (born March 5, 1974 ) 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. Early life
Mendes was born inMiami, 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. 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 but dropped out to seek an acting career. She studied with Ivana Chubbuck. Mendes has a sister, Janet, who currently lives in Los Angeles.