Eva Mendes Photograph by Sheryl Nields
EW Staff
June 19, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Eva Mendes made EW’s It List

Age 26

Why Her? The Miami-born actress revs Paul Walker’s engine as an undercover agent in this summer’s adrenaline-fest ”2 Fast 2 Furious,” and then speeds into three films this fall.

On Risk Taking ”I do nothing extreme,” she says. ”For some reason, bungee jumping and that kind of stuff just looks stupid.”

Role Model Jack Nicholson. ”When you’re his age and you still have younger girls thinking you’re hot, I mean, that’s sexy,” says the Revlon model.

Dream Collaborator George Clooney. ”He’s opinionated, cerebral, and witty…not to mention incredibly handsome!”

Next Starring roles in ”Once Upon a Time in Mexico” with Antonio Banderas and Johnny Depp (September), ”Out of Time” alongside her ”Training Day” costar Denzel Washington (October), and the Farrelly brothers’ ”Stuck on You” (December).

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