- Is of Cuban descent.
- Aspired to be a nun when she was a child.
- Was discovered when a neighborhood photographer snapped her picture at a garage sale. The photos were then viewed by a Hollywood casting agent.
- Appeared in music videos, including Will Smith's "Miami" and Aerosmith's "Hole in my Soul."
- Served as a spokesperson for Revlon cosmetics.
- Appeared twice opposite Denzel Washington, playing his girlfriend in 2001's Training Day and his wife in 2003's Out of Time.
- Graced the cover of Cosmopolitan in 2007. The magazine named her "Fun Fearless Female of the Year."
- Made her directorial debut with the 2010 short film California Romanza.
- Filmed a short sex-tape spoof for the Funny or Die website in 2010.
- Esmeralda Amada Gosling — Daughter
- Juan Carlos Mendes — Father
- Amada Lee Gosling — Daughter
- Eva — Mother
- Carlos Mendez — Brother
- Carlo Mendez — Brother
- Janet — Sister
- George Gargurevich — Ex-significant Other
- Ryan Gosling — Significant Other
- Attended California State University, Northridge, California, United States
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