Eva Longoria is an American actor, director, producer, businesswoman, and activist. Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, United States, she finished her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and subsequently took part in a talent contest that helped her enter the world of entertainment. She debuted in ‘The Bold and the Beautiful,’ and followed it up with the memorable role of ‘Isabella’ in the popular TV show ‘The Young and the Restless.’ She was nominated for the prestigious ‘Golden Globe Award’ for her performance as ‘Gabrielle Solis’ in the popular television show ‘Desperate Housewives.’ Brought up on a ranch in Texas, Longoria has been named among the most beautiful people by a number of reputed magazines like ‘People.’ She has also endorsed renowned brands, such as ‘L’Oreal’ and ‘Hanes.’ She has been supporting a number of humanitarian causes and takes part in many philanthropic activities as well. She has also written a cookbook titled ‘Eva’s Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends.’ Though this attractive actor’s career was not successful at the beginning, she went on to become one of the most successful and hottest stars in Hollywood.
Eva Jacqueline Longoria(born March 15, 1975)is an American actress, best known for portraying Gabrielle Solis on the ABC television series Desperate Housewives. Longoria received a nomination for the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance on Desperate Housewives.
Longoria first became famous on television in the soap opera The Young and the Restless. She became nationally recognized in the 2000s after appearing in several high-profile advertising campaigns and numerous men's magazines, reaching #14 in the FHM "Sexiest Women 2008" poll, and having appeared on the cover of various international women's magazines including Vogue, Marie Claire, and Harper's Bazaar.
In 2006, Longoria was nominated for the ‘Golden Globe Award’ for ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for ‘Desperate Housewives.’
In 2006, she also received the ‘ALMA Award’ and was named the ‘entertainer of the year.’
She became the first woman to retain the No.1 position in the list of ‘Hottest Female Stars’ by ‘Maxim’ for two consecutive years (2005 and 2006).
This noted television personality was named the ‘Philanthropist of the Year’ by ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ for her service to the Latino community.
In 1998, Longoria became Miss Corpus Christi, USA, while pursuing her bachelor’s degree. After finishing her college education, she took part in another talent contest in Los Angeles, where she was spotted by a theatrical agent.
In 1999, she hosted a segment of the TV show ‘L.A. In A Day’ which was produced by Gary Ghiaey. This was her first appearance on television.
Subsequently, she appeared in a guest role in an episode of the famous show ‘Beverly Hills 90210.’ She also landed a guest appearance in the show ‘General Hospital.’
Following these guest performances, she was offered the role of ‘Isabella Brana’ in the soap opera ‘The Young and the Restless,’ produced by CBS Daytime. This catapulted her to great fame.
After this, she starred in the direct-to-video film ‘Senorita Justice,’ and the television film ‘The Dead Will Tell.’
Her career breakthrough came in 2003 when she was cast as ‘Gabrielle Solis’ in the comedy-drama ‘Desperate Housewives.’ Thereafter, she starred in another direct-to-video film titled ‘Carlita’s Secret.’
In 2006, the talented actor was cast opposite Michael Douglas in the thriller ‘The Sentinel.’ This was her first major role in a movie. The same year, she landed a role in the Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez-starrer ‘Harsh Times.’
In 2006, Longoria set up ‘Eva’s Heroes,’ a charity foundation to help developmentally disabled children. In 2007, Longoria made it to the ‘Hot 100 list’ of ‘Maxim’ where she was ranked ninth.
From 2005 to 2010, she endorsed ‘L’Oreal Paris’ and also served as its spokesperson.
She was ranked fourth on ‘Forbes Prime Time's 10 Top-Earning Women’ list. Her ranking was based on her income, which was close to $12 million, from June 2009 to June 2010.
She hosted the ‘MTV Europe Music Awards 2010, held in Madrid, Spain. Besides acting, Longoria partnered with some of her friends to open a restaurant named ‘Beso’ in Hollywood.
She also ventured into writing and came up with her first cookbook ‘Eva's Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends which was published in 2011.
She is also occupied with philanthropic activities. She has been involved with a number of organizations like ‘PADRES Contra El Cancer,’ ‘Clothes Off Our Back Foundation,’ ‘Project HOME,’ ‘OmniPeace,’ ‘National Stroke Association,’ ‘National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children,’ and ‘St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.’
In May 2013, she received her Master’s degree in Chicano Studies from ‘California State University, Northridge.’ Her thesis was titled ‘Success STEMS From Diversity: The Value of Latinas in STEM Careers.’
Longoria directed the third season’s final episode of the ABC comedy ‘Black-ish’ in 2017. Eva Longoria launched her clothing line website on her official site in March 2017.
The following year, she was cast alongside Nina Dobrev and Vanessa Hudgens in a romantic comedy film titled ‘Dog Days.’
In 2019, she was seen in the adventure comedy film ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold.’