This summer's hottest heist movie Baby Driver (which hit theaters June 28th), stars Eiza Gonzalez, a Mexican actress who is best-known for her role as Santanico Pandemonium on the rebooted version of the '90s film From Dusk till Dawn: The Series. And, if you're like us, you're probably anticipating seeing the flick for its hardcore action and wit.
But, after introducing yourself to Eiza a little bit more, she alone may drive you to the cineplex to drop $10 on the film, because we've sort of fallen into a major crush here, guys.
While Gonzalez is an absolute stunner in the looks department—with dark features, a bit of mysteriousness and legs for days—the 27-year-old actress is also pretty tough, too, as proven by the fact that she's the lone woman in the film of a four-person bank robbing team. That takes some guts.
Playing alongside fellow actors like Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Ansel Elgort, among others, Eiza Gonzalez is more than just the pretty face in a cast of stars, more than holding her own as a gun-wielding badass in pink fur and gold earrings that shout her name.
So, how did she train herself for such a heady, confident role? Eiza claims it may have been after she landed a coveted role as the lead of Lola, erase una vez, a Mexican remake of an Argentinian musical, with Eiza telling this to W magazine:
“Everyone wanted to get that role,” Gonzalez recalled. Lola lasted a year; from there, Gonzalez went on to the telenovelas True Love and Sueña Conmigo, another musical, before the director Robert Rodriguez tapped her for From Dusk Till Dawn. The role, her first in English, also marked her transition from “the innocent, good, sweet girl,” as she defined her telenovela characters, to more adult parts like Baby Driver's Darling.
“I went through this whole show discovering a lot of things that I had never done before,” Gonzalez said. “I was like, ‘Oh, I can do this, too, and not be embarrassed of it. I can be bad or evil on screen, and be sexy, or be more connected to my femininity.”
With over a decade of experience onscreen in both the States and her native Mexico, it's time for all of us to take notice of Eiza Gonzalez—because she's got beauty to go with her badassery!