Before Eva Mendes got her big break, she sold ‘Hot Dog on a Stick’ at Glendale Galleria Mall in California. While Mendes “always had high hopes” for herself, she didn’t consider an acting career until a talent manager saw her photo in a friend’s portfolio. She found it to be a fulfilling experience: “I thought, ‘This is what people meant about acting.” That performance led to roles in All About the Benjamins, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Once Upon a Time in Mexico (which earned her a nomination at the Teen Choice Awards), Out of Time and Stuck on You. They were the first minority actors to play leads in a hit romantic comedy.
Ryan Gosling’s Mom Invents Fun New Twist on ‘Walk of Shame’; Wears Her Son’s Girlfriend’s Clothes Around Town Every girl dreams of one day finding that perfect man whose mom she can forever lend her clothes to. For Eva Mendes, that man is Ryan Gosling. That mom: longtime Mom and 2012 university graduate Donna Gosling. More » [link]