Eva LongoriaGolden Globe-nominated, Screen Actors Guild Award-winning and ALMA Award-winning actress Eva Longoria currently stars as Gabrielle Solis on the ABC-megahit, "Desperate Housewives." She has received numerous awards, including a People's Choice Award for Favorite Female TV Star, Teen Choice Award, TV Guide's "TV's Sexiest Star," People's "50 Most Beautiful People," People's "100 Most Beautiful People," People En Español's "50 Mas Bellos," Rolling Stone's "People of the Year," and was ranked three years in a row in the prestigious FORBES Celebrity 100, as well as two years in a row as the "#1 Hottest Woman in the World" on Maxim's annual 'Hot 100" list.
On the film front, Longoria lends her voice along with Charlie Sheen, Wayne Brady and Hilary Duff in the upcoming Lionsgate animated feature, "Foodfight!," slated for release this year. She starred in "Over Her Dead Body," alongside Paul Rudd, Lake Bell and Jason Biggs, "The Sentinel," opposite Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland and Kim Basinger, as well as alongside Christian Bale and Freddie Rodriquez in the indie film, "Harsh Times," written and directed by David Ayer. In addition, she had a cameo in "The Heartbreak Kid," directed by the Farrelly Brothers and starring Ben Stiller and Malin Akerman, and had a leading role opposite Rob Corddry, Monica Potter and Jason Biggs in the independent film "Lower Learning," with writer/director Mark Lafferty.
In 2009 Longoria both hosted and executive-produced the National Council of La Raza ALMA Awards, which honor Latino artistic achievement in the television, film and music industry. She created UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, her own production company, which develops films and television shows. She is also working as an executive producer in collaboration with Academy Award nominated Shine Global, a non-profit film production company that is dedicated to the elimination of child exploitation and abuse through the production of films to raise social awareness and effects political change, for the documentary film, "Harvest." (www.ShineGlobal.org). Longoria combines the pride of her Latin heritage with her strong support of the 2010 Census by partnering with Pepsi to direct and produce a documentary film for the "Yo Sumo" Campaign (www.PepsiYoSumo.com), which encourages Latinos to go beyond being counted and begin "to count" by sharing experiences that have helped shape the landscape of this great country. This also marks Longoria's directorial debut.
Longoria partnered with Celebrity Chef Todd English and restaurateurs JT Torregiani and Jonas Lowrance and opened Beso Hollywood (www.BesoHollywood.com) in March 2008. In December 2009, she brought her world-renowned and famed restaurant to the gorgeous 8.5 billion-dollar CityCenter in Las Vegas (www.BesoLasVegas.com).
Longoria launched her first fragrance, EVA by Eva Longoria, in April of 2010. In addition she represents L'Oreal Paris as an international spokesperson, is the face of Bebe Sport, and was the spokesperson for Heineken Light in a very popular worldwide campaign.
Longoria's dedication to a better earth has lead to her becoming an investor in the eco-friendly development firm, The GreenVille Project (www.TheGreenVilleProject.com), which is committed to designing, building and maintaining community-based, sustainably-built and energy-neutral retail marketplaces. She also has her own charities and organizations that are very close to her heart, and she pours her free time, energy and love into philanthropic missions that make a difference in the Latino community. She serves as the national spokesperson for PADRES Contra El Cáncer (Parents Against Cancer) (iamhope.org), a nonprofit organization committed to improving the quality of life for Latino children with cancer and their families. She was also the honorary chair for "Rally for Kids with Cancer," where all money raised benefited PADRES and Children's Hospital Los Angeles. In addition to PADRES, she works with the Special Olympics and founded the non-profit organization "Eva's Heroes" (www.EvasHeroes.org), which is dedicated to enriching the lives of those with developmental challenges. Together with her husband, Longoria has taken an active role in Make-A-Wish France (www.MakeAWishFrance.org), an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
In addition to her work with her own charities, Longoria has donated a new home to a victim of Hurricane Katrina through the Oprah's Angel Network. She was recently selected as one of 12 female celebrities, including Sienna Miller, Milla Jovovich, Emily Blunt, Susan Sarandon, Helen Hunt and Mira Sorvino, to take part in the "Montblanc Signature for Good" charity initiative to benefit UNICEF's battle against illiteracy. When the earthquake hit the people of Haiti, Longoria was one of the first celebrities to step up and lend a hand, volunteering her time to her friend George Lopez's "Help Haiti" Fundraiser. She has since remained active and has become an ambassador for "aHomeInHaiti" (www.aHomeInHaiti.org).
Amongst Longoria's many philanthropic awards are the Horizon Award from the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (2005), Latina Visionary and Community Empowerment Award from the Women's Corporation (2006), Mujer/Chair Award from the National Hispania Leadership Institute (2006), Corazones Unidos Award from the Larry King Cardiac Foundation in partnership with the American Heart Association (2006), Hope of Los Angeles Award (2008), Cesar Chavez Legacy Award (2009), Community Service Award by the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) (2009) and the "Premio de Oro-Distinguished Business Leadership" Award (2010).
Longoria currently works closely with the United Farm Workers, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Dolores Huerta Foundation and the National Council of La Raza. In addition, she was recently selected by Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, as an appointee to the National Museum of the American Latino Commission. The National Museum will create a home for the historical artifacts, images and personal stories documenting more than 500 years of American Latino contributions to the United States.
Longoria is invited to speak all over the country on issues pertaining to philanthropy, civil rights, labor issues, literacy, education, poverty and disabilities. Whether she is volunteering during a presidential campaign, fundraising, engaging Latino voters or spending time with her family, Longoria proves that ambition can be applied to philanthropic ventures, as well as a successful career that knows no boundaries, both in the United States and around the world.
HOMETOWN Corpus Christi, TX
BIRTHDATE March 15