Celebrity Birthdays March 5: Sterling Knight, Eva Mendes and Shay Carl

By Raquel Luster,

Happy birthday to actor Sterling Knight, actress Eva Mendes and web video star Shay Carl.

Sterling Knight
Actor Sterling Knight turns 25 today. Knight is not only an actor, but a singer-songwriter and musician as well. He is originally from South Carolina and did local stage performances to start his acting career. Knight also formed an online YouTube band called Connected Channels.

Knight has acted in many roles throughout his young career. His career started with a role in 2007 on the show Hannah Montana. The following year he made an appearance on Grey’s Anatomy . Knight has been on a few Disney Channel’s series and movies: Sonny with a Chance, So Random! and Starstruck. In Starstruck he sang several songs on the movie album.

Knight has also acted in movies 17 Again and Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale. In 2010, Knight won Teen Pick Actor in Comedy for the show Sonny with a Chanceat the Hollywood Teen TV Awards. Lately, Knight has been on the show Melissa & Joey and is expected to appear in the next season.

Eva Mendes
Actress Eva Mendes turns 40 today. Mendes is originally from Florida, but grew up in Los Angeles. She attended California State University at Northridge for marketing, but dropped out to pursue an acting career, where she later studied under Ivana Chubbuck.

Mendes also has seen a successful modeling career, featured in music videos like “Miami” by Will Smith in 1996 and “Hole in My Soul” by Aerosmith in 1997. She has worked with Calvin Klein and Revlon as well as People for the Ethical Treament of Animals of PETA.

Mendes has been in movies like Training Day, Fast Five and The Other Guys just to name a few. She also has launched a design line named Vida, that is available at Macy’s and soon New York & Company. In 2010, Mendes did a musical performance with Cee Lo Green and the following year began a relationship with actor Ryan Gosling.

Shay Carl
Web video star Shay Carl turns 34 today. Carl was born in Utah and grew up in Arizona. After high school, Carl went on a two-year mission trip to Barbados, Trinidad and Guyana. He also attended Idaho State University briefly.

Carl’s YouTube channel took off once Philip DeFranco mentioned him.

In 2009, he created a flash mob in Las Vegas for Planet Hollywood and also received Mashable’s 3rd annual Open Web Awards for “Best YouTube Channel or Personality” for his channel “SHAYTARDS." He also runs a podcast with wife Colette titled “When Kids Go to Sleep” when they have interviews with celebrities like Terry Crews.

Carl has five children, one of whom was on the cover of artist James Blunt’s album cover titled Some Kind of Trouble. He has five YouTube channels. Carl also lost over 100 lbs. and created a YouTube channel that documented his success called “ShayLoss."

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