A smoking sexy screen siren who had to be weened off an undisclosed dependence in 2008 with a trip to rehab, Eva Mendes marked the map with her role as Denzel Washington's girlfriend in Training Day in 2001. The 5' 6'', stacked Cuban-American brunette landed a steady stream of film roles as the token bombshell soon after. 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) and Hitch (2005) all took advantage of Eva's appeal as well as her campaign with Revlon Cosmetics. Born on March 5, 1974, Ms. Mendes grew up in Los Angeles, California. She started dating Peruvian filmmaker George Gargurevich in 2002 and was said to be going strong with him in 2008. Here are some more fun facts: As a young girl, Eva wanted to become a nun! Eva appears in Will Smith's music video for "Welcome to Miami." Eva is an active supporter for PETA, and posed nude in 2007 for an anti-fur campaign with the tagline: "Fur? I'd rather go naked."
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