Eva Longoria is looking back on her humble beginnings to share her success story.
The actress gets candid about moments in her life that shaped the person she is today in a new profile interview with MAKERS.
From her unlikely start, entering a beauty pageant in college (that her mom didn’t think she’d win) to her award-winning role on “Desperate Housewives”, the actress continues to prove that if you push for what you want, you too can achieve your dreams.
“I never had to look far for a role model,” she says of growing up in Texas, adding “every single woman in my family was educated, independent.”
It’s not a surprise that Longoria’s strong upbringing was what helped keep her grounded during the success of the show. In 2005, Longoria was nominated for a Golden Globe and took home the Screen Actor’s Guild Award for Best Actress in a Television Series. Three years later, Longoria would step behind the camera to produce and director her very first episode.
“I always loved the business side of entertainment and I used ‘Desperate Housewives’ and being on set for 10 years as my film school,” Longoria says, adding that it wasn’t until she decided to direct that things got really scary.
“What I found helped ease my nerves was preparation, so I prepped the s**t out of my episodes,” adding, “now, I just encourage so many other women to just do it.”
And that’s exactly what Eva did.
During her time on “Desperate Housewives”, Eva completed her master’s degree in Chicano Studies, where she was inspired to start The Eva Longoria Foundation.
“My goal, with my foundation was ‘How do we arm Latinas, with the ability to have economic mobility in life?’ How do they get ahead? How do they become independent? and education is key for economic mobility for women.”
A Champion for not only Latinas, the “Texican” has also founded Eva’s Heroes, an organization that helps to enrich the lives of those with intellectual special needs and she is the National Spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cancer, a non-profit committed to improving the lives of Latino children with cancer. She has stepped behind the camera more recently to direct an episode of “Jane the Virgin”, she is the executive producer for a spin-off of “Desperate Housewives”, “Devious Maids” and is set to direct Emmy Award-winning series “Black-ish”.
Longoria also recently celebrated 10 years as a Global Brand Ambassador for L’Oreal Paris, is the owner of BESO Restuaruant in Hollywood and the production company UnbeliEVAble entertainment. And if that’s not enough, Eva has a NY Times bestselling cookbook “Eva’s Kitchen”, a couple of fragrances and a home collection line with JCPenny.
The actress will hit the big screen on May 12, starring opposite Demian Bichir in “Lowriders”, a film about the lives of low-riding culture enthusiasts in LA’s Latino communities.