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Birthday: March 5, 1974
Hometown: Miami, Florida

How You Know Her: Nicolas Cage's skull might've caught fire in Ghost Rider, but this Cuban-American cutie brought the heat too. Somehow the duo met up once again two years later in a much cooler setting. In The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans, Mendes gets to plays with yet another iteration of Nicholas Cage's chameleon hair as the seductive girlfriend to a drug dealer/abuser cop with serious Hunter S. Thompson issues.

Are All L.A. Girls Actress Wannabes? "It’s strange growing up in a city where everyone is an “aspiring blank”—writer, singer, actor. I didn’t want to be that. I wanted to go into art history. Acting fell into my lap when a neighbor took pictures of me and showed them to an agent. Then I found an acting coach and worked my butt off. I did my share of bad jobs. And bad performances. I’m no Meryl Streep now, but I was awful when I started." —Maxim

Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes