Eva Longoria - Biography & Career
Eva Longoria stars on the ABC mega hit Desperate Housewives, SUNDAY 9:00 p.m. P/E, where she portrays Latin sexpot Gabrielle Solis. Voted by Variety as one of the Ten New Faces to Watch, Rolling Stone's People of the Year, USA Today's TV's Hot 11 and TV Guide's New Faces of Fall, Longoria just wrapped the upcoming indie film HARSH TIMES, alongside Christian Bale and Freddie Rodriguez. She was just cast in Further Films THE SENTINEL, opposite Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland and Kim Basinger where she plays a secret service agent. She also recently co-starred in the CBS movie-of-the-week The Dead Will Tell, opposite Anne Heche, Jonathan LaPaglia and Kathleen Quinlan. Last season, she starred on L.A. Dragnet, Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf's modern-day take on the classic police drama.
On Desperate Housewives, which just won 2 Golden Globe Awards and a SAG Award and has over 27 million viewers each week, Longoria plays Gabrielle Solis, a glamorous, former runway model married to the handsome, sexy Carlos. In this dark comedy that looks at the sexy, insidious and incredibly secretive lives of the inhabitants of a neighborhood cul-de-sac, Gabrielle is desperate because all of her teenage dreams did come true and yet she still hates her life. She has learned too late in life that what she wanted and what she got are not the ingredients to her happiness. She is forced to deal with her husband’s cold disapproval by having a fling with their 17-year old gardener. From Melrose Place-Sunset Beach-Titans writer-producer Marc Cherry, Desperate Housewives also stars Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman and Nicolette Sheridan.
In the upcoming HARSH TIMES, a low budget indie feature written and directed by David Ayer (TRAINING DAY and THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS), Longoria plays a lawyer and the girlfriend of Rodriguez. HARSH TIMES is a tough-minded drama that follows two men in their 20’s through South Central Los Angeles and the violence that ultimately comes between them. In THE SENTINEL, Eva plays Jill, a newbie Secret Service Agent, who is as smart as she is beautiful. She teams up with Michael Douglas’ character, and together they uncover the plot to assassinate the President. Sutherland plays Douglas’ protege and Basinger plays the first lady. The film is based on the novel by former Secret Service Agent Gerald Petievich and the screenplay was penned by George Nolfi (OCEANS TWELVE). Swat helmer Clark Johnson is attached to direct.
In the CBS movie-of-the-week, The Dead Will Tell, which aired in October 2004, and stars Anne Heche, Jonathan LaPaglia and Kathleen Quinlan, Longoria plays a quirky psychic named Jenny, whose mental abilities play in intricate part in resolving a long overdue, unsolved murder. On the critically acclaimed Dick Wolf series L.A. Dragnet, Longoria played Detective Gloria Duran, a keen observer, well trained in psychology. I was so excited to work opposite veteran actor Ed O’Neill and to have the opportunity to portray a detective who not only exhibits a tough exterior, but shows her sexy, feminine strength at the same time, Longoria acknowledges.
Eva also flexes her comedic muscles in Hot Tamales Live, a critically acclaimed comedy/variety show, in which she both stars and co-produces. Hot Tamales Live performs regularly at The Comedy Store and consistently sells out its performances whenever they perform across the country. Hot Tamales Live is available on DVD/videocassette and pay-per-view.
Previously, Eva celebrated her theatre debut in the popular comedy farce, What the Rabbi Saw. Acknowledging her comedic flair, Back Stage West proclaimed Eva Longoria is sensational.
The youngest of four sisters who grew up on a ranch in Corpus Christi, Texas, Longoria attended Texas A&M-Kingsville, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. After graduating from college, she entered a talent contest that brought her to Los Angeles, where she was spotted and subsequently signed by a theatrical agent. Longoria’s timing couldn’t have been better and she was determined to see where her acting dreams would take her.
Her persistence has certainly paid off. After landing roles on The Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital and co-starring on Beverly Hills, 90210, she auditioned and won the role of Isabella on the popular series The Young and the Restless. Longoria’s career was successfully launched. She considers herself blessed to have had the opportunity to work on the #1 daytime drama.
With her role on Desperate Housewives, her upcoming films THE SENTINEL and HARSH TIMES, her movie-of-the-week The Dead Will Tell and her sketch comedy/DVD/Pay-per-view Hot Tamales Live, Longoria displays both her considerable talent and her diversity, as she takes her career to the next level.
Eva currently lives in Los Angeles. Recently, she was actively involved in the John Kerry-John Edwards campaign, educating Latino voters about the Presidential candidate, participating at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and with the 2004 Bus Tour Campaign. Pastimes include salsa dancing, cooking and reading Latino literature and history.