THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES
EVA MENDES (Romina) has proven she is adept in both comedic and dramatic roles, working with an esteemed and diverse group of directors and co-stars, and earning the reputation of an actress who is committed to her craft.
Ms. Mendes' first serious role came when she was cast opposite Denzel Washington in TRAINING DAY, for director Antoine Fuqua. Her portrayal led to celebrated director Carl Franklin hiring her for OUT OF TIME, starring with Denzel Washington once again. She soon appeared in Robert Rodriguez's ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO, opposite Johnny Depp; 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS; ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS; and the Farrelly Brothers' STUCK ON YOU, alongside Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear. She went on to star with Will Smith in HITCH; opposite Nicolas Cage in GHOST RIDER; and in Adam McKay's THE OTHER GUYS, with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, all of which were blockbuster hits.
She has also starred in such critically acclaimed films as James Gray's WE OWN THE NIGHT, opposite Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg and Robert Duvall; Werner Herzog's BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS, which reunited her with Nicolas Cage; and Massy Tadjedin's LAST NIGHT with Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington. She starred in the independent feature, LIVE!, which also marked Ms. Mendes' debut as an executive producer; and received critical praise for her performance in Patricia Riggen's GIRL IN PROGRESS. Most recently seen in Leos Carax's provocative HOLY MOTORS, she has completed filming Larry David's CLEAR HISTORY movie for HBO, directed by Greg Mottola with an all-star cast that includes Jon Hamm and Kate Hudson.
She showed her comedic prowess in such Funny or Die videos as "S.E.X. Tape" and "Pimps Don't Cry," a duet with Cee-Lo Green featured in THE OTHER GUYS. As part of Glamour Reel Moments, she directed and co-wrote the short film "California Romanza."
She has been a part of numerous prestigious international advertising and endorsement campaigns, including Revlon and Calvin Klein. She is currently the face of Thierry Mugler's Angel Eau de Parfum and Angel Eau de Toilette, singing the classic "The Windmills of Your Mind" over the spots; and is a celebrity ambassador for Pantene.
Design and textiles have always been a passion, which led to the launch of her original home decor line, Vida. Her first Vida bedding collection debuted exclusively at Macy's stores in 2008, and a tabletop collection, Vida for Espana, was introduced in 2009.
Ms. Mendes, who is Cuban-American, was born in Miami and raised in Los Angeles.
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