"I think what destroys Hollywood marriages is our work schedule, not so much
infidelity." Eva Longoria
First noticed while playing psychotic Isabella Braña Williams on the
long-running daytime soap “The Young and the Restless” (CBS, 2001-2003), Eva
Longoria gained even more recognition due to her portrayal of trophy wife
Gabrielle Solis on ABC's worldwide hit series “Desperate Housewives”
(2004-2006). She has appeared on “L.A. Dragnet,” Carlita's Secret (2004),
Hustler's Instinct (2005), Harsh Times (2005) and recently starred opposite
Michael Douglas and Kiefer Sutherland in the espionage thriller The Sentinel
(2006). She will lend her voice to an upcoming animated movie called Foodfight.
A 5' 1" tall, brown-haired, brown-eyed Latin beauty, Eva, who was named Miss
Corpus Christi USA (1998) and was one of People en Español’s “25 Most Beautiful
People” (2003), topped Maxim Magazine's list of “Hottest Female Stars) (2005 and
2006), becoming the first woman to top the list in two consecutive years. In
2005, she became the new face of cosmetics giant L’Oreal.
"I find it a turnoff whenever men aren’t into some kind of sport. And, no, video
games don’t count. I dated a guy who was into video games and I wanted to shoot
myself." Eva Longoria
On a more private note, Longoria is currently dating San Antonio Spurs player
Tony Parker (born on May 17, 1982) and they reportedly plan to marry in 2007.
Previously, Longoria was romantically linked to former NSYNC member J.C. Chasez
(born on August 8, 1976), actor Hayden Christensen, “24” star Butch Klien,
Screen Actors Guild president Sid Laura Horowitz, successful writer Milan
Gracanin, and Life As We Know It star Sean Faris. She was once married to
“General Hospital” star Tyler Christopher.
"To be with the same person for the rest of your life just sounds so drab." Eva
Childhood and Family:
"I grew up as an ugly duckling. They used to call me prieta fea, because I was
the only one of my family's four girls with dark hair, dark eyes and dark skin.
Growing up I was the ugly one, because I was the odd one." Eva Longoria
In Corpus Christi, Texas, Eva Jacqueline Longoria was born on March 15, 1975, to
Mexican American Catholic parents Enrique Longoria Jr. and Ella Eva Mireles. The
youngest daughter of the family, Eva has three older sisters: Elizabeth, Emily
and Esmeralda. Eva grew up on her family’s ranch.
Eva attended Texas A&M University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science
degree in Kinesiology. During that time, she also began acting on stage in
university theater productions. On January 20, 2002, Eva married “General
Hospital” star Tyler Christopher, but they later divorced.
Young and Restless
"God blessed me with some great, unique features, some beautiful, in my eyes,
and some not so beautiful. But I think we are all created this way for a reason,
so I have no desire to tamper with that." Eva Longoria
Transforming into a stunning young woman, Eva Longoria began modeling and
joining beauty pageants in her home state of Texas. She was crowned Miss Corpus
Christi, USA, in 1998 and won an Infinity Model Search contest, where she was
spotted and signed by a theatrical agent. Soon afterward, Longoria landed small
parts on the small screen. She was seen in an episode of such TV hits series as
“Beverly Hills, 90210” (FOX, 2000, as a flight attendant), "The Bold and the
Beautiful" (CBS) and "General Hospital" (ABC, 2000). After some guest
appearances, Longoria was eventually cast as psychotic Isabella Braña Williams
on the long-running daytime soap opera, “The Young and the Restless” (CBS,
2001-2003), which earned her an ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime
Drama in 2002.
Meanwhile, TV viewers saw Longoria host the syndicated talent show “The Talent
Agency” (2003) and perform in a critically acclaimed comedy/variety show, “Hot
Tamales Live.” She also nabbed her first regular series role as Detective Gloria
Duran on ABC’s “L.A. Dragnet” (opposite Ed O'Neill, 2002-2004). The modern-day
take on the classic police drama was later canceled in April 2004.
"As soon as I read the script I knew it was pretty special. The creator of the
show asked what I thought of the writing as a whole. I told him I had no idea
because I'd only read my part. He laughed and told me I'd got the job. He
thought my answer was completely Gabrielle." Eva Longoria (on how she got the
part as Gabrielle Solis)
2004 proved to be Longoria’s big break. That year, she signed on to the
worldwide break-out ABC hit “Desperate Housewives,” portraying Gabrielle Solis,
the ex-model with a rich husband, a big house and a bad marriage. During the
premiere of the series, more than 21 million people watched, skyrocketing it to
the top ranking new show of the season. It became an overnight sensation and
Longoria's career was well on her way. The show was highly praised and was
nominated for five Golden Globes, including Best Television Series-Comedy.
Longoria also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy
Series and won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an
Ensemble in a Comedy Series (both in 2005). Other lead actresses of the series,
Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Nicollette Sheridan, also
received Golden Globe nominations.
"I'm totally blown away by the success of Desperate Housewives. It literally did
happen overnight." Eva Longoria
During her stint in the ABC’s runaway hit soap, Longoria also appeared in the
poorly received Direct-to-video film, Señorita Justice (2004) and starred on
CBS’ supernatural mystery movie “The Dead Will Tell” (2004, alongside Anne Heche).
She also played the title role of a young girl, who dreams of becoming a
Broadway dancer, in director George Cotayo's film Carlita's Secret (2004, she
also co-produced). She made her theater debut in the popular farce, "What the
Rabbi Saw" in 2004. The following year, Longoria appeared in writer-director
Umberto González's 17-minute movie, Hustler's Instinct, and writer-director
David Ayer's tough-minded indie drama, Harsh Times (starring Christian Bale and
More recently, in 2006, Longoria and her boyfriend Tony Parker appeared on "The
Interview with Ryan Seacrest" on E!, where she stated: "I don't want to be on
7th Heaven; on for 20 years and no one's really watching and it's hanging on by
a thread." Longoria has stated many times that she will not renew her Desperate
Housewives contract when it is up because she wants to continue to pursue her
Longoria snagged her first major role in a movie, as Jill Marin, a tough, sassy
and ambitious young agent, in the 2006 espionage thriller The Sentinel. In
director Clark Johnson's adaptation of Gerald Petievich's novel, Longoria shared
the screen with Hollywood A-listers Michael Douglas and Kiefer Sutherland, both
of whom were impressed with Longoria’s skills on the set.
As for her upcoming project, Longoria will provide her voice for Lawrence
Kasanoff's animated movie Foodfight (2007), with Charlie Sheen and Hilary Duff.
It is also reported that Longoria and Jennifer Lopez are set to team up as
sisters for a comedy movie, in which Lopez wrote the script.
In addition to acting, Longoria continued modeling. In April of 2005, she was
presented with a $1.9 million contract to be the new face of cosmetics giant
L’Oreal. Additionally, Longoria may branch out into writing to bring some of her
sizzling, on-screen sexuality to a novel.
"I don't agree with all the boundaries we put on everything. Women are forever
discounting men for all sorts of silly reasons; too old, too young, wrong
haircut. Give the guy a chance and he may surprise you. I've definitely been
pleasantly surprised by my choices and I've always had plenty of choice." Eva
- National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts: Horizon Award, 2005
- Teen Choice Awards: Breakout Female Actress, 2005
- Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy
Series, “Desperate Housewives,” 2005
- ALMA: Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama, “The Young and the