[[UsefulNotes/{{Cuba}} Cuban]]-American actress born March 5, 1974, best known for such movies as ''Film/TheSpirit'', ''Film/StuckOnYou'', and ''Film/TheOtherGuys''.
!!!Related Tropes

* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Went to high school with JohnCho.
* LatinLover
* MsFanservice: She even appears in a full frontal in her arguable breakout role (''Film/TrainingDay'').
* OldShame: One of her first roles was in ''Film/ChildrenOfTheCornVFieldsOfTerror''. After seeing it, she was so appalled by her performance, she sought acting classes.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Her name often gets misspelled as "Mendez".
** Probably due to the fact that in Spanish the spelling is Méndez. Mendes is more Portuguese.
* SoBeautifulItsACurse/ ReluctantFanserviceGirl : She has commented many times on how she is kept from being taken seriously as an actress because of her attractive appearance. Yet, she has also mentioned how she's not afraid to turn up the sexuality if it's needed to secure a role.
* SpicyLatina