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2 Fast 2 Furious - Eva Mendes Q&A/feature



Compiled by: Jack Foley

SINCE arriving in Hollywood, newcomer Eva Mendes has quickly ascended to stardom and four major studio releases this year (including 2 Fast 2 Furious) will solidify her as a household name.

Mendes received the most recognition for her role starring opposite Denzel Washington in the Oscar winner, Training Day, for director Antoine Fuqua.

The performance also led to the upcoming Carl Franklin-helmed feature Out of Time, once more starring opposite Denzel Washington; in Out of Time, Mendes stars as a detective teamed with a small town police officer (Washington) investigating a missing persons case. The film is slated for a fall 2003 release.

Also this fall, she can be seen in Once Upon a Time in Mexico opposite Antonio Banderas and Johnny Depp. The film is the final chapter of director Robert Rodriguez’s trilogy that started with his debut feature, El Mariachi, and continued with Desperado.

Mendes recently completed filming Stuck on You (slated for a winter 2003 release) for directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly. The story centers on conjoined twins (Greg Kinnear and Matt Damon) who have aspirations to act; she plays Greg Kinnear’s love interest, an actress who encourages his ambitions.

In between her filming projects, Eva has found time to join the elite group of women (including Julianne Moore and Halle Berry) who represent Revlon Cosmetics in print and television commercials.

Mendes hails from Miami, but was discovered in Los Angeles by a photographer who asked to shoot a session with her.

The resulting photos began a chain reaction of success, landing her a manager, commercial and film roles, and agency representation. Eva left college and is studying with acting coach Ivana Chubbuck, the mentor to such actors as Elisabeth Shue and Halle Berry.

Mendes was previously seen in the feature All About the Benjamins, starring opposite Ice Cube.

Eva Mendes Q&A

Q. Last night on the Jay Leno show, he seemed to be hinting at some hap-hazard driving on your part. Do you want to elaborate?
A. Ok, I'm not a great driver. No big deal. Actually, why didn't I get to drive in this movie, John and Neal. I guess they found out somehow. So, no, I'm not a great driver, but I've had good cars...

Q. What are you currently driving?
A. Why are you picking on me? Right now I'm driving something that's really boring, a Range Rover, but we need to talk about my first car. It was a 1966 Ford Mustang, G8 engine, white vinyl top, original interior, I mean it was amazing, amazing.
I crashed it, Paul!

Q. Much of the film was shot in your home city, did the rest of the cast rely on you for places to go out?
A.
I was actually born there, but I wasn't raised there, although I still have some family there...
It is really funny going back and filming a movie there because suddenly I have more second cousins than I have ever known.
Actually, I don't really go out much, I stay at the hotel bar a lot [laughs]. So, no, I didn't have much to recommend. Actually, John would call me up and corrupt me. I'm not much of a clubber; I stay at home and kind of do my damage there.

Q. I gather they have an Eva Mendes day in Miami?
A.
Oh, wow, wow, wow. What the hell does that mean? They granted me a day, it's like March 8, and I really know it. And my poor mum, she's so sweet, she's Cuban, and it was really hard for her to get into the States, and she struggled and all that stuff... so they granted me this day and she started crying and it's like, 'oh mum, it's just so cheesy'. I have a day in Miami, what does that say?

(For more information and pictures on Eva Mendes, click on the fan site link in the right-hand column of this page).

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