Eva Mendes was born in Miami in 1974, into a Cuban family who immigrated shortly before her birth. After her parents separated, she moved with her mother to Los Angeles.
Eva began her career with commercial videos, music videos, moving on to appearances in soap operas and telefilms and later a few small supporting roles. She received her first real casting on the acclaimed Training Day. Hitch soon followed, where she played the female part opposite Will Smith.
In 2006 the famous Maxim magazine reported it at number 27 among the most beautiful100. In 2008 she was featured in an advertisement for Calvin Klein's Obsession perfume. The commercial caused quite a stir for her rather sensual movements, so much so that it was censored in the United States of America.
She has been in a relationship with actor Ryan Gosling since September 2011. Their first daughter, Esmeralda Amada Gosling, was born on September 12, 2014 in Los Angeles. The two got married in early 2016 in a private ceremony. In April of the same year, the actress lost her older brother Juan Carlos Mendes, aged 53, to throat cancer. Their second child, Amada Lee Gosling, was born on April 29, 2016.