Lately, it seems that Eva Longoria is everywhere: from political activism to Sundance screenings, this Latina is determined to put the community in the position it deserves.
Now, after appearing in films and series such as Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Dog Days, Empire, and Grand Hotel, this former Desperate Housewife has once again put on her production hat for a new project.
According to Deadline, Longoria has partnered with Will Packer and James Lopez to produce a “female-driven Latina ensemble drama” for Universal, based on an original TV pitch by writer Rob Sudduth, who will also write the script.
Entitled Tías, the team seems to be cooking up another hit for the Latin American community.
Born in Texas, and the daughter of a Texas couple, Longoria began her television career in 1999 and has gone through an immense amount of sets, from Beverly Hills, 90210, to stardom as Gabrielle in Desperate Housewives.
As a producer, the actress made her debut in Devious Maids (2013) and as a director in An Ideal Husband. By 2020 she has several films under her belt, including Flamin’ Hot, which premiered at Sundance last weekend and tells the story of the inventor of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Richard Montañez.
Among restaurants, books, and bars, the Texan has become one of the most powerful and influential women in the United States.
And that power has not been wasted.
Since 2012, Longoria has become an activist for the rights of immigrants, has campaigned against Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law, has supported the candidacy of politicians like Barack Obama, and is now an active and present voice in achieving the fair representation of Latinos on the small and large screen.
“The business side of it has allowed me to utilize muscles that you don’t normally use as an actor,” explained Longoria to Entertainment Weekly, adding that her goal is “exploring and producing with purpose,” especially on projects that “tell the breadth of what our community looks like.”
“Innovation happens when you tap into a different talent pool,” she said. More and more, “it’s nice that we have all of these different storytellers telling different stories from different perspectives — and reflecting our global community.”