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 Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror, My Brother the Pig, Urban Legends: Final Cut, Exit Wounds, Training Day, All About the Benjamins, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Out of Time, Stuck on You, Hitch, The Wendell Baker Story, Guilty Hearts, Trust the Man, Ghost Rider, We Own the Night, Live!, Cleaner (2007), The Women, The Spirit (2008), Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, The Other Guys, Last Night (2010), Holy Motors, Girl in Progress, The Place Beyond the Pines, and Lost River. She has been an ambassador for Calvin Klein, Cartier, Reebok, Pantene shampoo, Morgan, and Peek & Cloppenburg, has designed for workwear retailer New York & Company, and is creative director of makeup line CIRCA Beauty.

Eva was born in Miami, Florida, to Cuban parents, Eva Perez Suarez, who worked at a movie theatre and an aerospace company, and Juan Carlos Mendes, who ran a meat distribution business. She has said that she has African-Cuban ancestry. She speaks Spanish fluently. Eva was raised mostly by her mother in Los Angeles’s Silver Lake neighborhood.

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, photo credit: Thierry Caro


Curious about ethnicity

110 Responses

  1. nika676767 says:

    According to me she looks like she could have native which may be true cause many Cuban people also have Taino descent

    • mattjay says:

      Yes, but the Native portion in Cuba from many dna tests is very small versus the African and European. The Native extract in Cuba is similar to the African extract in Mexico. Most Mexicans are triracial with the European/Native being greater than the African. It’s the opposite in the Caribbean.

  2. coco says:

    Also she’s a darker olive skin tone when bright lights aren’t flashing on her like in both those pics currently on here. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/93/EvaMendescropped.jpg

  3. coco says:

    She deleted the Instagram post of her mentioning her afro-Cuban roots but she left it on her Facebook: https://fb.watch/h35VP5UvV9/?mibextid=qC1gEa

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