About Eva Longoria
Born March 15, 1975 in Corpus Christi, TX, Longoria was the youngest of four daughters born to Enrique Longoria, Jr., and Ella Eva Mireles. Her early years were difficult ones - work on her parents' farm yielded little income, and she suffered through an awkward phase in her childhood, made worse by the relentless taunts of her older siblings. But she soon blossomed to such a degree that by the time she was a student at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 1998, Longoria had won the title of Miss Corpus Christi. Her success in the pageant yielded more than just a title - she was soon discovered and signed by a theatrical agent, leading to an unexpectedly fruitful acting career.
While fashion modeling was Longoria's original interest, acting soon took hold as her primary goal. A role in a stage production of "What the Rabbit Saw" preceded her first screen appearances on "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox, 1990-2000) and the daytime soap opera "General Hospital" (ABC, 1963- ). In 2001, Longoria made the jump to regular player when she joined the cast of the ever-popular soap, "The Young and the Restless." As the psychotic former call girl Isabella Brana Williams, who made life miserable for Doug Davidson's long-running character Paul Williams, Longoria proved adroit with sudsy, over-the-top plotlines, which she delivered with the right amount of tongue-in-cheek humor. Her performance was praised by fans and critics alike, earning Longoria an ALMA Award in 2002.
Longoria's success on "The Young and the Restless" naturally led to opportunities in primetime television and in feature films. For a while it seemed as though her career might meet the same unfortunate fate endured by many soap opera stars who attempted to move beyond the daytime world. Her first post-"Y&R" series - a revival of the venerable crime series "Dragnet" (NBC, 2003) by producer Dick Wolf - was axed after only five episodes, while her efforts in features, including "Snitch'd" (2003) and "Senorita Justice" (2004), were consigned to the straight-to-DVD shelf. Longoria also attempted to branch out into producing with the Latina comedy special "Hot Tamales Live: Spicy, Hot and Hilarious" (2003) and the crime drama "Carlita's Secret" (2004), but both were received by limited audiences.
After several years of struggle, Longoria was finally catapulted into a star when she was cast as former fashion model Gabrielle Solis on "Desperate Housewives." The show's mix of drama, comedy, mystery and campy soap opera excess was an overnight sensation, with Longoria receiving much of the critical praise for her saucy performance. A simultaneous parody and dead-on depiction of the classic television vixen, Gabrielle raised eyebrows in the show's first season for seducing her teenage gardener (Jesse Metcalfe), and soon added attempted murder and shenanigans involving a surrogate mother to her resume of bad behavior. Added to the mix was a deep rooted core of shallowness, vanity and occasional boorish actions, which led Gabrielle to become one of the show's most adored guilty pleasures. More than just the sum of her faults, Gabrielle might have been easily dismissed as a cartoon cutout made from the cloth of Aaron Spelling. But Longoria and the writers worked hard to imbue her with a heart wounded from a terrible childhood and a streak of loyalty to her fellow "Housewives" - Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Nicollette Sheridan - that largely excused her questionable behavior.
For her performance, Longoria was a winner at The People's Choice and ALMA Awards, a nominee at the 2004 Golden Globe Awards and shared a Screen Actors Guild Award with her fellow castmates. She also became one of the most widely-publicized performers in recent history, with her face gracing the cover of everything from women's magazines to racy men's magazines like Maxim, which named her to the top spot of its Hottest Female Stars in 2005 and 2006. On a more restrained note, she was the face of several advertising campaigns, including Bebe Sport, L'Oreal and Hanes. Longoria gained further exposure with her 2006 engagement and lavish 2007 wedding in Paris, France to San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker, as well as the subsequent rumor of his alleged dalliance with model Alexandra Passent.
Though "Desperate Housewives" remained a ratings hit throughout its run, Longoria had a harder time translating her television popularity to the big screen. She was Kiefer Sutherland's rookie Secret Service partner in "The Sentinel" (2006), an action-drama starring Michael Douglas as a suspected presidential assassin, and Freddy Rodriguez's attorney girlfriend in the urban drama "Harsh Times" (2006). Both underperformed at the box office. Meanwhile, her brief cameo as Ben Stiller's latest marital mistake in the unpleasant remake of "The Heartbreak Kid" (2007) did little to boost her profile. Subsequent feature efforts like "Over Her Dead Body" (2008), which cast her as a bride-to-be who returns from the grave after being killed prior to her wedding, and "Lower Learning" (2008), barely earned theatrical releases. In addition to her television and film acting, Longoria was involved in numerous charities, including Eva's Heroes, which she founded to aid developmentally disabled children. She also served as producer of "Harvest" (2010), a documentary about the plight of migrant children working as produce farmers. Her happiness was cut short in November 2010 when it was announced she had filed from divorce from Parker, with tabloids insinuating possible cheating on his part via texts exchanged with a teammate's wife.
|Tyler Christopher. Played Nikolas Cassadine on "General Hospital" (ABC); married Jan. 20, 2002 in Las Vegas, NV with Freddie Prinze and Sarah Michelle Gellar as witnesses; divorced Jan. 19, 2004|
|J C Chasez. Former member of 'NSync; dated in 2004|
|Tony Parker. Played with the San Antonio Spurs; began dating in spring 2005; announced they were going through "a difficult time" in fall of 2006, but denied they had split; announced engagement in November 2006; married on July 6, 2007 in a civil ceremony and again on July 7, 2007 at the Church of Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois in Paris, France; reports surfaced that they split in November 2010; divorce finalized on Jan. 28, 2011|
|Stephen Kay. Kay directed Longoria in the TV-movie "The Dead Will Tell" (CBS, 2004); briefly dated in 2004|
|Eduardo Cruz. Younger brother of actress Penélope Cruz; began dating in January 2011; split June 2012|
|Mark Sanchez. Longoria confirmed they were dating September 2012; reportedly split October 2012|
|Texas A&M, Kingsville , Texas|
|After college, entered a talent contest that brought her to Los Angeles where she was spotted and signed by a theatrical agent|
|Cast in a small role as a flight attendant on "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox)|
|Landed roles on "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS) and "General Hospital" (ABC)|
|Starred as Isabella Braña Williams on the long-running daytime series "The Young and the Restless" (CBS)|
|Co-hosted the syndicated weekly television series "The Talent Agency"|
|Starred (also co-produced) in "Hot Tamales Live," a critically acclaimed comedy/variety show|
|Starred as Det. Gloria Duran on "L.A. Dragnet" (USA Network), a modern-day take on the classic police drama|
|Cast as Gabrielle Solis, the ex-model with a rich husband, a big house, and a bad marriage on the ABC mystery drama series "Desperate Housewives"; earned a Golden Globe (2005) nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy series|
|Made her theater debut in the popular farce "What the Rabbi Saw"|
|Cast opposite Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez in David Ayer's directorial debut "Harsh Times"|
|Played an up-and-coming secret agent opposite Michael Douglas and Kiefer Sutherland in "The Sentinel"|
|Starred in the comedy "Over Her Dead Body" opposite Paul Rudd|
|Nominated for the 2009 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Comedy|
|Co-starred opposite Christian Slater in the comedy "Without Men"|
|Voiced the character Chief De Silva in the animated feature "Arthur Christmas"|