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When “Desperate Housewives” ended its eight-season run in May 2012, Eva Longoria knew her next move. “My plan was to do nothing,” she says. “I thought, I’m going to go away for a couple years. I volunteered for the Obama campaign, so I was campaigning for that entire year, traveling the country. I thought, I don’t want to read a script, I don’t want to get an offer, I don’t want anything.”
Not that she didn’t enjoy her time on Wisteria Lane—she just needed a break from the demands of television stardom. “I needed people to forget who I was for a while,” Longoria says. “ ‘Housewives’ was so big and I was so identified with Gaby Solis—which I love, who I miss playing—but at the same time, I needed people to forget that’s who
As she sits in the open-air restaurant at the Sunset Strip’s Chateau Marmont on a warm August afternoon, Longoria reflects on the last two years. She started the Eva Longoria Foundation, which, according to its mission statement, “helps Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship.” She serves as an executive producer on Lifetime’s “Devious Maids” and directed the first episode of Season 2. She voices the main character on “Mother Up!,” an animated Hulu sitcom about a music exec grappling with single motherhood. She spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. She completed her master’s degree in Chicano studies. (She studied between takes on “Housewives.”) And then there’s the philanthropic work and the fact-finding missions that have taken her across Europe and Asia.
If it’s not clear, this is a busy woman. Post-“Housewives,” she has immersed herself in humanitarian causes without turning her back on the entertainment industry. “I started my production company and produced and developed a lot of television; I’m directing a lot and directed two short films,” she says, then adds, “I just really wanted to not be in front of the camera.”
However, Longoria hasn’t abandoned acting. She’s part of the ensemble in “Frontera,” an indie drama that speaks to some of the political issues that engage her. Director and co-writer Michael Berry’s film, with echoes of “Babel” and “Crash,” concerns a collection of characters on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border who intersect when the wife of a former lawman (Ed Harris) is killed and an illegal immigrant (Michael Peña) is blamed. Longoria plays the immigrant’s wife who must enter the States to be by his side.
“When my agent said, ‘You gotta read this,’ I just thought, Oh, another script about the border,” Longoria confesses. “But I read it and thought, Oh my God, this I have to do. I didn’t want to do any kind of story that villainized either side of the border. But this is a beautiful love story set against this border issue that we’re going through right now in our country. It doesn’t have a statement—it just humanizes the issue.”
She’s right that “Frontera” is evenhanded in its treatment of its American and Mexican characters—there are heels and heroes in both camps—but surely she recognizes that people will attack the film (and Longoria) simply because of her liberal leanings. “I’m not scared of answering criticisms,” she responds firmly. “I’m very literate on the topic of immigration, so I welcome the conversation. I think there’s a lot of misinformation out there on the subject, and so I always welcome the opportunity to educate anybody about it.”
Longoria can back up her confidence with firsthand experience. “In my activism, I went to the border in Arizona,” she says. “Howard Buffett and I took a trip to learn more about what was happening, and we rode with the border patrol. I’ve been many times [to the border]—you have to go a lot so you can get a consistent sample. We talked to all sides, and the common denominator is everybody wants legal immigration. Everybody, both sides. It’s economically imperative to our country. I think there’s a moral imperative, but even if you don’t agree with that, at least we can all agree there’s an economic imperative that needs to get done.”
Even as a kid growing up in Texas, she was engaged in the wider world, reading the newspaper and asking questions. “I’ve always been very curious,” she says. “I’ve always been addicted to education. I love academia and I love learning. I’m curious about the world and I wanna be literate on things that I’m gonna be asked about—on top of things I’m just interested in.”
Where did acting fit into this? Honestly, nowhere. She grew up in a family of educators: “My mom’s a teacher, my sister’s a teacher, my aunts are teachers. Like, everybody was a teacher.” Plus, the importance of volunteerism was preached at an early age. But after college, she moved to Los Angeles and a notion popped into her head. “I said, ‘I think I’m gonna be an actor,’ ” she remembers. “Literally, one day to the next—I never thought about it before. I never strived to be an actor or wanted to be an actor. I didn’t grow up with celebrity role models—I couldn’t even name an actor.”
How did her family take the news? “They go, ‘OK, well, you can get a job in L.A.’ So, I got a job as a headhunter and I was a recruiter for many years. Paid off my college debt, had a great apartment, took classes, studied, learned—I really approached it in a very disciplined way.”
That’s a great word to describe Longoria: disciplined. Though friendly and open—she warmly receives a few well-wishers (some she knows, some she doesn’t) who stop by our table—she’s also slightly intimidating. Wielding a no-nonsense intellect, Longoria will stop her train of thought to double-check a statistic she’s just quoted by looking it up on her iPhone. A self-described sponge for information, she scrolls through her digital bookshelf, which includes plenty of nonfiction: Hillary Clinton’s “Hard Choices,” “U.S. Constitution For Dummies,” and also biologist Edward O. Wilson’s “The Social Conquest of Earth.”
Despite appearing in “Frontera” and doing a handful of days on a few other future films, she sounds like her creative heart remains on the small screen. “I do enjoy acting, and I am going to be going back to television eventually,” Longoria says. “I’m starting to welcome the idea of going back. TV is great right now, and I love the medium of television. It’s my favorite format. To be in people’s homes every week—or however they view you now with the [different] viewing patterns—and to be able to play a character for a long period of time and adapt and adjust…I find [that] way more fascinating than doing a one-off movie.”
But she also knows she has other options and interests. For instance, she’s seriously considering pursuing her doctorate. “I keep going back and forth,” she admits. “Do I wanna go to law school? I’d love to study constitutional law. I’d love to study immigration law. I would love to study education again.”
Asked if she envisions a future where she’s too busy for (or not passionate about) acting, Longoria responds, “[In this business], women, for some reason, have an expiration date.” But earlier in our conversation, she gave the question some consideration when reflecting on her brief life as a headhunter. “I always said if I wasn’t an actor, I’d probably be in corporate America,” she says. “I love barometers of success. I like quotas, I like measurements, I like, ‘You do this this month and you get a bonus.’ Hollywood has no barometer of success. You can be in an amazing movie and nobody sees it. You just never know. There’s no recipe for success. In business, there is: One plus one is definitely two.”
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“I chose the pink tulip because it is amazing and wonderful and because this colour is very expressive. It reflects love, care and is also the colour of humbleness. I can’t wait to also see them in gardens of other people. Join us build the tulip garden together!” – says Eva Longoria
Many people may not know it, but the famous Hollywood actress, Eva Longoria feels passionate about tulips. It makes us very proud that she has found her favourite one in our collection out of the worlds’ 3,000 different types of tulips, in the form of a Triumph type tulip with strong shank and long-lasting flowering. It was love at first sight! It was love at the first sight and that’s how the Eva Longoria tulip was born. Order the tulip bulbs now, and in the spring your garden can burst into bloom with Eva Longoria tulips!
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Actress Eva Longoria , a favorite of Hollywood, landed in Panama to join the event “
Vogue Live” held for the second year and pays tribute to the world of fashion and prestigious brands. Longoria attended the press conference with local and international media and at nightshe was the honorary guest at a cocktail party at Luxury Avenue Mall Multiplaza.The film and television actress said she was happy to visit Panama for the first time and to support activities related to the world of Latin American fashion because she thinks that Latinos have marked an important guideline within this industry.
Asked about her fashion style, Longoria said he prefers pieces that make you feel good. “I like to be fashionable, with color, but always with pieces that make me feel comfortable, except in the case of the shoes, which sometimes are not very comfortable but I just use them,” she said with a smile.
All photos from the Press Conference and Cocktail Party you can see by clicking on the thumbnails below.
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A notoriously schmoozy West Hollywood lunch spot, former “Desperate Housewife” Eva Longoria pays far more attention to the soft-spoken busboy than any of the nipped and tucked Hollywood types vying for her attention. “Mi amor!,” she greets the slight Latino man as he approaches her table with a coffee refill. He converses with her in Spanish as if the two have known each other for ages. “How is the family?” she asks. “Your son is going to UCLA now? ¡Felicidades!”
After he leaves, Longoria beams. “Wow, his son’s in college,” she says, her deep brown eyes sparkling under expertly applied makeup. “That’s the American dream. That’s why people come here. It’s not to rape and pillage our social systems.” While most actors might avoid a divisive topic like immigration as if it were a carb-laden dish of pasta, the gregarious Longoria revels in expressing her opinion. The native Texan rattles off facts and figures about migrant workers and education among Latinos like a seasoned pro, demonstrating a passion that’s clearly informed her latest film role.
In Michael Berry’s directorial debut, “Frontera,” the 39-year-old actress-activist-entrepreneur plays Paulina, a poor Mexican farmer who attempts to sneak across the Tex-Mex border in search of her husband. The usually glamorous Longoria — a fashionista and perennial Maxim pinup girl in real life — spends most of the film sweating it out in the desert, dust forming creases around her eyes, dirt caking her tangled hair. “The adding of sunspots from working in the fields, the dirt under my nails. It was adding on to deglamorize,” Longoria of her transformation from pampered to impoverished. The Magnolia Pictures’ film, out Sept. 5, costars Ed Harris as a retired border guard and Michael Peña as Longoria’s husband. “I dyed my hair black. I gained a little weight. I spoke Spanish — I’ve never spoken Spanish in a movie. I was unrecognizable, and I loved that.”
Before you roll your eyes, Longoria isn’t just slumming it here. The woman best known as Wisteria Lane’s narcissistic ex-runway model Gabrielle Solis brings her plain-spoken character Paulina’s aspirations and fears to life in touching and sometimes brutal, hard-to-watch scenes.
Longoria actively pursued this role, because it was “different than most other border films.” Rather than vilifying one side or the other, she says, it illuminates the humanity and fallibility on both sides of the fence. “We’re not trying to solve the immigration debate with this movie,” she says. “We’re just trying to tell a love story, and what people will do for love. That it happens to be set on the border is what makes it topical and eye-opening.”
Director Berry was astonished when Longoria’s camp approached him. “I’ll be honest,” he says. “I never even considered her for the part. But I got a phone call saying she was interested, and I was like ‘Eva Longoria?’ She does that ‘Housewives’ show and goosey glamour stuff. That sounds like a terrible idea.
“But she told me of her passion for the Mexican culture and how fortunate she’d be to be part of this project, which I thought was hilarious, given I’m a first-time director. But I was taken with her passion. Once we were doing this, and especially when we started cutting it, I was like ‘Oh, my God, she’s pulling it off.’”
A busy woman
It’s one of many feats Longoria has pulled off in a decade-plus career that goes well beyond acting into politics, business and philanthropy. Maybe her film career hasn’t gone stratospheric, but this is one busy woman. Her resume now includes executive producing the Lifetime series “Devious Maids”; serving as a co-chair of President Obama’s re-election campaign — and speaking at the 2012 Democratic convention; promoting her own fragrance, Eva; writing a cookbook; and producing two documentaries about migrant farmworkers. Her latest, “Food Chains,” hits theaters in November.
As for her tabloid appeal? She divorced French-born San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker in 2011 after four years together and is now dating Mexican media mogul Jose Antonio Baston, so yes, she still makes TMZ and the Daily Mail happy.
But it’s the more serious achievements of Longoria’s, such as her recently earned master’s degree in Chicano studies from Cal State Northridge, that elicit the most surprise. How do you pose for a Maxim “Woman of the Year” spread one minute, then appear before Congress arguing for stricter labor laws the next? “Why is it so hard for some people to reconcile beauty or sexiness with smart?” she asks, clearly irked by the question. “There’s so many women in the world who are complex, complicated people. I’m not saying I’m one of them, I’m just saying people tend to view through one lens. You’re the sexpot. You’re the smart girl. You’re the comedy actor.”
Her coffee growing cold, she continues. “[During 'Housewives'], I remember people saying, ‘Are you afraid you’re going to get pigeonholed into sexy?,’ and I was like ‘what’s wrong with that?’,” she says, her wavy dark hair tumbling just so over her shoulders. “I’m riding that wave as long as it will take me, because women have an expiration date in this business. It’s unfair, but it’s true. So am I scared I’m gonna be called sexy? No! Thank God. Bring it on.” Longoria’s looks aren’t what’s bothering detractors such as conservative media personality Glenn Beck, who after hearing the actor weigh in on immigration policy, proclaimed: “Shut up and act!” But Beck is not alone. When Longoria speaks up about her passions outside of entertainment, anonymous commenters claiming to be former fans often react with angry screeds online.
Others offer praise. “She’s made a tremendous contribution, and showed tremendous courage, in using her celebrity to raise awareness of issues that have an effect on the Latino community and the working community,” says Thomas Saenz, president and general council of MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. The organization defines itself as the Latino legal voice for civil rights in America, and Longoria is on its board of directors. “She’s demonstrated a true commitment to learning about these issues, deeply, then taking that knowledge and using her access to media and public to raise awareness. She is certainly a very different kind of celebrity.”
Sense of duty
Longoria is willing to walk that line between making fans and losing them, be it in impossibly high designer stilettos or off-brand sneakers coated in border dust. “There are issues bigger than your career,” she says. “It’s a slippery slope when you think of everything as your audience or your ratings. And I care about farmworkers. I didn’t grow up as one, but I eat food. We are one of the most well-fed nations in the world, and the people who feed us go to bed hungry. I think my fans are people who, like me, understand that.” Longoria is no American newcomer — she grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, as one of four girls in a ninth-generation Mexican American family. According to research done by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. for the PBS series “Faces of America,” the Longoria family’s roots in this country “run back to a time before Texas even existed.”
Her philanthropic sense of duty was formed early on through the volunteer services received by Longoria’s older, special-needs sister. “Organizations like the Girls and Boys Club put volunteerism at the core of my early life,” she says. “I was doing charity work in school. It’s part of my family’s DNA.” The Texas A&M-Kingsville University grad (she majored in human kinetics) moved to California after winning the Miss Corpus Christi title in 1998 and its prize of a trip to Hollywood to compete in modeling and talent contests. She decided to stay, doing temp and extra work, getting a line or two in various TV productions and eventually landing the role of Isabella Braña on “The Young and the Restless.” “From that, I got a small prime-time show,” says the L.A.-based actor, “and then a big one.”
Since “Housewives’” eight-year run ended in 2012, Longoria has taken on several film projects, including a role in the forthcoming Spanish-language feature “Refugio.” But she will return this fall to network programming via Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” She’ll play defense attorney Sophia for a three-episode arc, challenging and charming Jake (Andy Samberg) in court. “I love the medium of television,” she says, ever upbeat. “I love being in someone’s home every week, being able to play a character for a long period of time. It’s very hard for me to jump into a movie, play a character and leave it. I constantly think about it. I go, ‘Should I have done this differently?’ In TV, you get to define the character as you go.”
Longoria extends her reach with “Devious Maids.” In its first two seasons, it was praised for giving Latinas a plethora of roles — and criticized for being cliche-ridden. .In the end, stepping behind the camera instead of in front of it may be one of Longoria favorite roles yet.
“As producer-director, you cast, edit, write,” she says. “It helps soothe the control freak side of me. I love the business side of our business — packaging, developing, selling. People say she’s an actor turned director, and I’m like no, ‘I was always a director who just started to act.’”
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Admin at 19:56pm on Aug,27,2014 | Filled under: Gallery Updates, News, Video Archive, Video Materials On the Latina.com appeared video from behind the scenes from photoshoot for the latest, october issue of the magazine. In the Photo Gallery you can see screen captures taken by me. Video you can see . I also invite you to watch the first here .
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Latest issue of Latina magazine has not yet appeared in stores and we already can read more quotes that were included in the interview.
Check out these exclusive quotes from her cover shoot and don’t miss the rest of her interview on newsstands, September 9th!
On being nervous about speaking Spanish in a film: “[I was] definitely nervous. It’s hard to act in a third language. French is my second language. Spanish is my third. I found it intimidating because you want to get the right tone and you want to get the right accent. So yes, it was definitely intimidating for me. But at this point in my career I’m just welcoming challenges in my art.”
On being the “underachiever” in her family: “I grew up with amazing women in my family. My mother is probably my biggest role model. She raised four children, one with special needs and had a full time job and always had dinner on the table at 6PM for my dad. And then I have three amazing sisters. I was the last one in my family to get a Masters degree. That goes to show you: I am the underachiever in my family.”
On her work as an activist for the Latino community: “There’s not a single Latino platform. It is about the economy, education and health care. [To help ourselves you can] get educated, volunteer your time, donate food, be a mentor, fundraise.”
On her efforts to get more Latinos to vote and involved in politics as part of her organization, “The Latino Victory Project”: “I think sometimes people believe that politics is just this removed thing that happens in Washington and it’s not. It happens everyday in communities all over the country. Being able to vote is your way of participation, especially as a woman or as a minority. There are way too many people who have fought before us to give us this right that we should respect the struggle that they went through and utilize that vote that fought so hard for.”
On life and getting older: “I welcome age with open arms because I want to evolve as a human being, gain more wisdom. I have so much more to do! And the only way you do that is with age.” On being a farmworker activist: “I’ve been farmworker activist for about 20 years, long before I was famous. I’ve worked with Dolores Huerta. She’s one of my mentors, and I really got educated and literate on the issue. Unfortunately, a lot of the gains that Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerte made in the 60s has been dismanteled. We are kind of back to square one.”
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I added photos to the gallery of the photoshoot made for latest Latina’s October 2014 issue. I am in love with this session and I look forward to more pictures.
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