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EVA MENDES (Sand Saref) captured the attention of moviegoers in a small, but pivotal role in the critically acclaimed film, TRAINING DAY. Since then, Mendes has proved she is adept in both comedic and dramatic roles. In a very short time, she has had the fortunate and unique opportunity to work with such esteemed directors as Carl Franklin, Robert Rodriguez, Antoine Fuqua, the Farrelly Bros. and John Singleton, therefore earning the reputation as a serious actress who is committed to her craft.

Eva starred opposite Will Smith and Kevin James in the Columbia Pictures hit, HITCH. Directed by Andy Tennant (SWEET HOME ALABAMA), the romantic comedy tells the story of a professional matchmaker who is threatened by a female journalist who plans on exposing his dishonest methods. 

Mendes co-starred in the recent Fox Searchlight release TRUST THE MAN, opposite Julianne Moore, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Billy Crudup, directed by Bart Freundlich and opposite Nicolas Cage in Sony Pictures' highly-anticipated supernatural action-adventure, GHOST RIDER, based on the Marvel Comic and which broke box office records around the world in it's opening weekend. She starred in WE OWN THE NIGHT, opposite Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Walberg and Robert Duvall. She has also completed the independent feature, LIVE!, in which she stars and which marks her debut as an executive producer, as well as CLEANER for director Renny Harlin opposite Ed Harris and Samuel L. Jackson. Most recently she starred in the all-star remake of the classic, THE WOMEN.

Mendes' first serious role came when she was cast as Denzel Washington's girlfriend in the box office success TRAINING DAY for director Antoine Fuqua. Her portrayal led to the celebrated director, Carl Franklin, hiring Mendes for the MGM feature OUT OF TIME, once more starring opposite Denzel Washington. In the same year, Mendes appeared in Robert Rodriguez's film, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO opposite Johnny Depp. 

Mendes has also starred in the action blockbuster 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS, the comedy feature film, ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS opposite Ice Cube, and the Farrelly Bros. comedy, STUCK ON YOU opposite Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear.

Mendes is also an international spokesperson for Revlon Cosmetics. Mendes currently appears in the company of other world-class beauties including Halle Berry, Jessica Alba and Sheryl Crow in Revlon's print and television advertising campaigns. She is also an active participant and ardent supporter in Revlon's commitment in the fight against breast cancer.

Mendes, who is Cuban-American, was born in Miami and raised in Los Angeles. She began acting in college and went on to study with the respected acting coach Ivana Chubbuck and soon thereafter, made her dreams of becoming a working actress a reality.

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