American actress, model and businesswoman, Eva De la Caridad Mendes, is probably one of the most beautiful women in the entire world. Known primarily for her acting skills, Mendes has also dipped her toes in a number of other ventures, counting fashion design, modelling, and singing to name but a few. However, it is her career as a Hollywood icon that has really made her famous, especially with blockbuster hits such as Training Day, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, and The Women, all firmly placed with pride upon her résumé. Plus, as well as being one half of Hollywood's most desirable celebrity couples, Mendes has been in a relationship with super babe Ryan Gosling since 2011, producing two children. Stunningly beautiful, Mendes has often been voted the most attractive celebrity in the world, and was voted the number one most desirable woman in the 2009 edition of AskMen.com's Top 99 Most Desirable Women. And, if that wasn't enough, Mendes has also appeared on the cover of Maxim twice, as well as being named one of People magazine's 2012 Most Beautiful Women at Every Age, coming in at a respectable number eleven. However, although she may be super famous, super hot, and married to one of the most popular actors in the entire world, surprisingly little is known about the magnificent beauty star. So, to fill you in on the wonders of the woman herself, here are 15 things you didn't know about hottie Eva Mendes.
15 15. She Is A Fashion Designer
Turning her hand to fashion in 2012, Mendes joined forces with retailer New York & Co., a work-wear retailer for women. Acting as an ambassador, Mendes went on to feature in a number of their campaigns, as well as make a variety of appearances for the brand itself. Speaking of how the agreement came together, the CEO of New York & Co. claimed, "when we asked our customers to name the celebrity they aspired to be, [Eva's] name came up again and again, based on that, we went out and pursued her. It was a very long courtship." Obviously acquiring a taste for the fashion world, Mendes decided to become more involved, eventually releasing a sub brand featuring her name. The product, Eva by Eva, was launched in 2015, attracting huge interest. Extremely open with regards to her fans, and taking advice from those who follow her, Mendes recently admitted, "I was in a New York & Company design meeting recently, and I was unsure about a print. I decided to ask for feedback on Instagram. One lady said, 'It depends on how it falls on the body.' So we looked at it and said, 'You know what? She's totally right, because if this leaf falls by the boob, it's going to be weird.'"
14 She Is A Singer
Is there anything this woman can't do? Mendes has always been involved with music in one form or another. That's right, in 2010, Mendes sang on record "Pimps Don't Cry", performing a duet with music man CeeLo Green. Plus, in 2011, Mendes recorded a version of "The Windmills of Your Mind", winner of the best original song at the Academy Awards in 1968, for a commercial she was promoting. And, it seems she is not the only one in her family involved in the music scene, with partner Ryan Gosling, also displaying some seriously good vocal chords. That's right, famed for his singing and dancing in the critically acclaimed musical, La La Land, it was also revealed that in the early stages of their relationship, Gosling would record some of Mendes' favorite songs and send them to her. Ahhh true love...
13 She Is A Vegetarian
Always seen looking incredibly turned out, as well as lauding an incredibly toned physique, bombshell Mendes is also a known vegetarian. Extremely vocal with regards to her well balanced, and healthy diet, Mendes claims that a meat free diet is the way forward when it comes to healthy eating. That's right, eating only fruits, grains, pulses, vegetables and nuts, plant based foods are the secret to keeping that toned body, but also offer a number of other benefits, such as lowering the risk of certain diseases like diabetes, heart diseases and certain types of cancer. A supporter of vegetarian diets due them being healthy as well as life saving, Mendes is a keen advocate for vegetarianism. However, making it clear that she does not in anyway condone fad diets and limiting food, Mendes is also a supporter of supplements. Plus, as well as not eating them, Mendes also supports animals, taking part in the PETA no fur campaign, claiming, "I want people to know that there are options—that killing a poor animal and wearing it isn’t cool… respecting all life forms is cool."
12 She Starred In A Will Smith Video
Mendes began her musical career in the front seat of a Will Smith music video, appearing in the catchy number, "Miami". Cited as the best celebrity cameo of all time, the video opens with Smith and his pals having dinner in the very different state of Philadelphia. Transported through time, the friends are suddenly transported onto a beach, which just so happens to be the birth place of Eva Mendes herself. Having the time of his life, Smith is then aboard a private plane, which suddenly transforms into a car, which suddenly displays Smith and his buddies once more, cruising around the wonderful world of Miami. Portraying a blink-or-you'll-miss-it appearance, Mendes shows up driving a car, lip syncing to what ended up being one of Smith's biggest hits.
11 Her Parents Are Cuban
Originally born in Miami (maybe that explains the Will Smith video appearance?), both of her parents come from the Caribbean island, Cuba. That's right, with mother Eva Perez Suarez and Juan Carlos fleeing the Cuban revolution, the family settled in the sunshine state of Florida. However, after the divorce of her parents, Mendes moved to Los Angeles, where she was raised by her mother. Working a number of jobs to support her child, her mother even once worked for Mann's Chinese Theater, not knowing that her daughter would have some serious connections with the iconic tourist attraction years later. Attending Hoover High School and then going on to study marketing at university, Mendes dropped out to pursue acting after a talent scout had told her she had something special. Studying under acclaimed acting coach Ivana Chubbuck, who had already worked with the likes of Brad Pitt and Nicolas Cage, Mendes caught her first big break in the horror flick Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror.
10 She Once Went To Rehab
Never one to shy away from the truth, Mendes has been routinely open and honest with regards to her past endeavors. That's right, discussing her addictions in 2011, Mendes entered the Utah's Cirque Lodge for rehab, detailing an extreme substance abuse. With rumors that she was everything from a 'closet drinker', to being addicted to drug prescriptions, it was even said that her stay in the infamous clinic was down to some serious method acting, and not an actual problem at all. Discussing her issues, Mendes admitted, "I'm not angry, I’m proud of people who have the determination and the fearlessness to actually go and face their demons and get better. This is a life or death situation." Whatever the case, Mendes is seemingly on the up, pictured more happier and healthier than ever before.
9 She Originally Wanted To Be A Nun
We all have careers that we dream of when we are children, and things we want to achieve when we are older. However, before giving it all up to become an actress, Mendes had quite a different career choice in mind. That's right, wanting to be a nun from an early age, Mendes was raised catholic. Known as the ultimate school swot, Mendes claimed that she was always the first with her hand up, which sadly attracted a handful of bullies. Deciding that the convent was for her, Mendes saw it more of an escape, preferring the idea of solitude among like minded women. But, all that changed, when her sister informed her that nuns didn't actually get paid, leaving Mendes to soon change her mind after all. Dipping her mind into the idea of becoming an astronaut or a famed opera singer, Mendes eventually settled on marketing, which she soon gave up to follow her dream of becoming one of the world's most popular actresses of all time.
8 She Can't Cook
Despite her Latin roots and love for all things vegetarian, Eva Mendes can't actually cook very well, admitting the faux pas a number of times. That's right, claiming that she has no domestic skills whatsoever. Mendes still openly acknowledges her insufficient culinary skills, even at the tender age of 42. Declaring that she has gotten into a nasty habit of ordering take out, or going out to eat at restaurants, Mendes recently revealed, "we get home delivery meals three times a week and we go out the rest of the time. It's so embarrassing." However, preferring to play a different role than that of the chef, Mendes recently stated, "Some of the girls cook but I don't, I just set the ambiance, my thing is flower arranging." Amen to that.
7 She Dated George Augusto For A Really Long Time
Before Ryan there was George, but who exactly is George Augusto? Film maker and part time writer, Augusto and Mendes dated for a whopping eight years, pictured together looking madly in love more than once. That's right, openly gushing about the Hollywood mogul in a number of interviews, Mendes and Augusto were extremely happy. However, like all good things, sometimes they must come to an end, with the relationship turning sour in 2010. Calling off the romance, Mendes and Augusto went their separate ways, but are apparently now back on good terms, with it rumored that the film maker is now working for his famous ex once more as an assistant. When asked why they weren't married, Mendes claimed, "It’s nothing negative when I say I don’t believe in marriage. I just don’t think marriage is necessary, as necessary as society makes it. And I don’t have a negative point of view on it. I just think it’s a very old tradition and if you look back to what marriage symbolizes in the first place". Interesting.
6 She Met Future Bae Ryan Gosling On Set
Meeting on the set of crime epic The Place Beyond The Pines, the two future lovers bonded from the very beginning. With Gosling playing a motorcycle performer who reconnects with his ex, played by Mendes, the pair were often in a number of compromising positions, with it said from a number of crew workers that, "they had great chemistry and seemed to enjoy filming together. They seemed to be good friends and always laughed together." Spotted as a couple not long after, the love birds were seen vacationing in holiday hot spot, Disneyland. Photographed cuddling, kissing, and holding hands, the press went into overdrive, with it confirmed that they were an item not long after. Speaking to the famed actress with regards to her co-star during filming, Mendes gushed, "he’s your dream co-star. I have never felt so creatively satisfied on a film. He’s amazing." Awwww.
5 They Have Two Children
Having been in a relationship with actor Ryan Gosling since 2011, the Hollywood love birds welcomed their first child Esmeralda Amada, entering the world in 2014, and their second Amada Lee coming in 2016. Commenting on why she gave them both the same name, Mendes explained that it was a loving tribute to a close family member, stating, "my grandmother's name is Amada, and Esmeralda Amada is the name of our oldest, we had a few names picked out for our new baby, and when she was born, we didn't feel like those names were her." With the Mendes family at the time going through the traumatic experience of losing her brother to cancer, the idea of a family tribute seemed extremely appropriate, with Mendes later adding, "It was an emotional time with the passing of my brother. We thought how beautiful to go with what made us emotional and with what felt like her. When we looked at her, we thought, 'Aww, Amadita.'"
4 She's All About The Therapy
Having already admitted that she is a keen supporter of rehab, it is no surprise to see Mendes also championing therapy. Revealing that she finds it "really helpful", Mendes claims that being able to discuss your personal issues with someone you don't know very well can give you a brand new outlook, stating, "having a therapist who's totally objective and who points out my patterns - I find that really helpful. And I'm lucky to work with someone who doesn't just sit there and nod her head, you know? I need to hear what you think! Tell me what's wrong with me so I can fix it!" Going on to discuss other ways that benefit her well being and mind, Mendes spoke of the women in her life, declaring, "I've had the same girlfriends since I was 12, and I've made amazing girlfriends since. And my mom and my two older sisters have always been there telling me I could accomplish anything. We have each other's backs in the best way."
3 She Is Desperate To Work With A Number Of Famous Directors
Having been in the movie business a long time now, Mendes has often listed a number of directors that she would love to work with in the future. Recently starring in the art house flick, Holy Motors, Mendes received a lot of praise for her short but memorable role. With it later revealed that she had sought out the director himself, Mendes is no stranger to chasing directors, having contacted Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance also. Claiming that she had been aware of him for a long time, Mendes admitted, "I've kind of been keeping an eye on him, not like a creepy eye on him, but I love his films. I was such a fan of Lovers on a Bridge — what a beautiful love story. I knew he was at the Morocco Film Festival a couple of years ago, and I was like, 'I've got to meet this director'. We were trying to make it happen. It was one of those days where I was literally leaving on a plane. I was packing and they're like, 'Oh, he can meet you now!'" Also often declaring her love for directors such as Pedro Almodovar and David Lynch, Mendes recently admitted her dream would be to work with both acclaimed directors.
2 She Dated Jason Sudeikis
Everyone loves a Hollywood romance, and what better than two of Tinseltown's most popular stars. Rumored to have briefly dated after Mendes had broken up with long term boyfriend George Augusto, the handsome couple was spotted kissing and cuddling a number of times after attending a play together. That's right, with eyewitnesses claiming, "after the show was over, which was about 10:15 pm, Eva came to the lobby where she met Jason, they gave each other a big hug and then chatted for about 10 minutes. Eva looked really happy, and so did Jason. They walked out hand in hand. Eva then signed a couple of autographs, while Jason patiently waited. Then they both got into Eva’s black car. Jason sat in the driver’s side and Eva in the passenger’s side. They sat in the parking lot and made out for out 10 minutes." However, obviously short lived, the pair went their separate ways, with Sudeikis going on to marry actress Olivia Wilde, and Mendes shacking up with Gosling not long after.
1 She's Super Secretive About Her Private Life
Despite being extremely open with regards to mental health, substance abuse and her eating habits, Mendes is incredibly private when it comes to her relationship with fellow actor Ryan Gosling. That's right, together for over four years, as well producing two little girls, the pair has been consistently private since their very first date. Refusing to discuss one another with the press, or even acknowledge each other in the public eye, it is rare to see the lovers exchange gushing words with regards to one another. In fact, the twosome is so private, that they often fuel a variety of rumors that they may be breaking up, or indeed conducting illicit affairs. Constantly linked to their own co-stars, the pair is often attacked by the media, with gossip magazines hankering over their every move. However, choosing to ignore all speculation, the pair seems happier than ever, with Gosling dedicating his award to Mendes during a speech, calling her his 'sweetheart'.