9 Times the ‘girl-next-door’ Eva Mendes still looked like a star!

Eva Mendes celebrates her 41st birthday Thursday, and most probably in the company of her husband Ryan Gosling and their baby girl Esmeralda. The Latina…

Eva Mendes attends the Eva Mendes For New York & Company Spring Launch at the Los Cerritos Center on March 19, 2014 in Cerritos, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for New York & Comp)

Eva Mendes celebrates her 41st birthday Thursday, and most probably in the company of her husband Ryan Gosling and their baby girl Esmeralda.

The Latina actress is big on keeping a low profile and now more than ever to protect her daughter from the paps. Therefore, we may never know how Mendes will party it up on her big day.

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What we do know, is that this Cuban-American star has played her cards right, nabbing one of the hottest studs in Hollywood as her man and baby daddy.

She’s also got great flicks to showcase in her filmography and a new clothing line with New York & Company.

It’s a no brainer that Eva is on top of the world, and in honor of her 41st cumpleaños (which happens to also land on a Throwback Thursday), we take it back to some of the times she looked more like the girl-next-door while still being incredibly sexy.

It’s all in good spirit, Evita. We wish you Happy Birthday!

1) The time she looked like a fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Rodriguez.

Eva Mendes is in many movies.

Actress Eva Mendes arrives at the Gala Premiere of STAGE BEAUTY during the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival May 8, 2004 in New York City (Photo: Shutterstock)

2) The time she looked like an 18-year-old on their first day of an internship.

Eva Mendes has a daughter.

Eva Mendes at GRINDHOUSE Los Angeles Premiere, Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, March 26, 2007 (Photo: Shutterstock)

3) The time she looked like mom when she was 18-years-old.

Eva Mendes is a Latina in Hollywood.

Eva Mendes at AFI Fest Tribute to Penelope Cruz & Gala Screening of VOLVER, ArcLight Cinerama Dome, Los Angeles, CA, November 02, 2006 (Photo: Shutterstock)

4) The time she looked like a Soccer Mom picking up their kid from a match.

Eva Mendes is in many movies.

Eva Mendes in attendance for US Open 2006 Men’s Finals, USTA National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows, NY, September 10, 2006 (Photo: Shutterstock)

5) And the time when she looked like that chismosa next door neighbor.

Eva Mendes has a clothing line.

Eva Mendes at SECUESTRO EXPRESS Miramax screening, Pacific Design Center Silver Screen Theater, Los Angeles, CA, August 03, 2005 (Photo: Shutterstock)

6) How about the time she looked like someone from Greek Mythology?

Eva Mendes is Cuban-American.

Eva Mendes, in Dolce & Gabbana, at AngloMania Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion Opening Gala, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May 01, 2006 (Photo: Shutterstock)

7) And the time she looked like an innocent, Latina version of Britney Spears.

Eva Mendes is of Cuban descent.

Actress EVA MENDES at the Los Angeles premiere of The Recruit. 28JAN2003. Paul Smith / Featureflash (Photo: Shutterstock) 

8) The time she looked like a contestant of VH1’s “Rock of Love.”

Eva Mendes is in love with her family.

Eva Mendes at Fashion Rocks Benefit Concert for Elton John AIDS Foundation, Radio City Music Hall at Rockefeller Center, New York, NY, September 07, 2006 (Photo: Shutterstock)

9) And the time she looked like this. No comments.

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Eva Mendes at MET Gala.

Actress Eva Mendes arrives at the Costume Institute Party of the Year at the MET April 26, 2004 in New York City (Photo: Shutterstock)