What has Eva Longoria been doing since “Desperate Housewives?” I miss seeing her.
—Carlos Ochoa, Mobile, Alabama
Eva Longoria, 38, has done a bit of acting in movies since wrapping up her role as Gabriela Solis on “Desperate Housewives.” She has appeared in “Crazy Kind of Love,” “A Dark Truth” and “The Baytown Outlaws.” More recently, she hosted the NCLR ALMA Awards, as she has for the past several years, and she is voicing a character for an upcoming animated TV series, “Mother Up!”
While it is true that she has been absent on the small screen in front of the camera, she has been busy working behind the scenes as an executive producer on several shows, including the NBC reality series “Ready for Love” and Lifetime Television’s “Devious Maids,” which was just picked up for its second season.
“It’s the first time five Latinos are the leads of a show,” the Corpus Christi-born spokesmodel for L’Oreal says. “They are the moral center. It’s just such a great experience producing ‘Devious Maids’ and the success of it is proving that the demographics are changing in this country. We have a lot of English speaking Hispanics, who don’t want to be hit over the head with a turkey. They want good content and that’s what ‘Devious Maids’ is.”
Intent on continuing her work to provide job opportunities for Latinos in front of and behind the camera, Longoria is back to the drawing board, developing several new projects.
“I’m formatting some other shows,” she says. “I’m formatting one for the American market, which was a very big telenovela in Colombia for ABC. The Latino community and the telenovela community developed a lot of content that is good and entertaining. For me, being Mexican American, I can dip into my culture and bring it over to my American culture, so it’s been a lot of fun producing.”
Also this year, Longoria was awarded a masters degree in Chicago studies, which she earned attending classes at California State University Northridge. “You’re never too old or too busy to continue your education!” she wrote on her Who Say site that day.
In addition, Longoria balances her show business career with activism, working on behalf of children and the Latino community. One such way she does this is through her Eva Longoria Fund (ELF). To boot, Longoria, who has a special needs sister, founded Eva’s Heroes, which is dedicated to helping young adults with special needs succeed.