Eva Mendes

Mendes in 2011, CarlaVanWagoner / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Eva De La Caridad Mendez

Place of Birth: Miami, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 5, 1974

Ethnicity: Cuban [Spanish, some African, possibly other]

Eva Mendes is an American actress, model, and businessperson. Her films include Training Day, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Out of Time, Stuck on You, Hitch, Ghost Rider, The Spirit, and Urban Legends: Final Cut. Eva was born in Miami, Florida, to Cuban parents, Eva Perez Suarez and Juan Carlos Mendes. She has said that she has Afro-Cuban ancestry.

She speaks Spanish fluently. Eva has two children with her partner, Canadian-born actor, writer, director, musician, and producer Ryan Gosling.

One of Eva’s grandmothers was named Amada.

Mendes in 2008, Creative Commons License photo credit: Thierry Caro


Curious about ethnicity

97 Responses

  1. zachbickle says:

    she doesn’t look like a Taino at all. maybe a little bit african. undeniable she completely looks like mediterranean/southern spanish/andalucian. Olive skin, long face, greek nose, brown eyes, wavy hair etc…

  2. anen87 says:

    Along time ago I remember reading Eva saying her grandmother is a black woman. She shot to fame and that article mysteriously disappeared. Rewind to present day BLM protests going on, she admits on instagram post being proud of her afro-cuban roots. https://www.instagram.com/p/CAtFF8mDUH4/
    I knew I wasn’t crazy, I have good memory.
    Please add Afro-Cuban to her ethnicity.

  3. Devotion says:

    Has both Spanish and Native in her. But I see the Spanish side more.

  4. cwm85 says:

    Used to have a thing for her until she hooked up with Gosling…

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