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Eva Longoria

Actress, Producer, Director, Activist

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Eva Longoria talks about growing up in a family of powerful women, beginning her acting career in Hollywood, and starting her foundation to help Latinas through education and entrepreneurship.
Eva Longoria is a Golden Globe-nominated, Screen Actors Guild and ALMA Award-winning actress, producer, director, entrepreneur, philanthropist and “Desperate Housewives” alum. Eva is set to star opposite Academy Award-nominee Demian Bichir in the Universal feature film LOWRIDERS, which looks at the lives of low-riding culture enthusiasts in LA’s Latino communities, slated for a May 12th wide theatrical release. Additionally, Eva recently filmed the BBC miniseries “Decline and Fall” opposite Brit comedy star Jack Whitehall. Set in 1920s Wales, “Decline and Fall” is a bitingly funny satire that follows the life and times of hapless ‘Paul Pennyfeather’ (Whitehall) who meets and pursues the delectable ‘Margot Beste-Chetwynde’ (Longoria), a wealthy, powerful, and beautiful American woman, which premieres Spring 2017.   Eva recently directed an episode of the Golden Globe-nominated CW series “Jane the Virgin” and is set to direct the Emmy Award-winning series “Black-ish.” She recently celebrated 10 years as a Global Brand Ambassador for L’Oreal Paris, owns BESO Restaurant in Hollywood, production company UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, fragrances “EVA” and “EVAmour,” has a NY Times bestselling cookbook EVA’S KITCHEN, and a home collection line with JCPenney.   Her greatest work is as a champion of women, the Latino community and youth with special needs. She is founder of “The Eva Longoria Foundation” to help Latinas build better futures for themselves through education and entrepreneurship; co-founder of “Eva’s Heroes” which enriches the lives of those with intellectual special needs; and is the National Spokesperson for “Padres Contra el Cancer,” a non-profit that is committed to improving the quality of life for Latino children with cancer. Additionally, Eva received her Master’s degree in Chicano Studies from California State University, Northridge, writing her thesis on “Success STEMS from Diversity: The Value of Latinas in STEM Careers.”

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