Magazine article Variety

Eva Longoria Fulfills Her Vision to Redefine Roles

Magazine article Variety

Eva Longoria Fulfills Her Vision to Redefine Roles

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SHE'S AN UNSTOPPABLE force in Hollywood. Eva Longoria has done it all. The 40-year-old can call herself, a producer, writer, actor, director, entrepreneur, philanthropist and activist. She attributes her success to the women in her family.

Variety Latino's Visionary Award honorée this year is being recognized for her contributions to both the entertainment industry and the Hispanic community.

"I grew up with a family of strong women," Longoria says. "My role models where my mom, my aunts and my sisters. I get so much creativity from their lives. I see their struggles, I see their obstacles and I see their victories and that's inspiring to me."

She's shooting "Hot & Bothered," a comedy series for NBC that she'll be directing, producing and starring in. The predominantly Latino cast will take audiences behind the scenes of the making of a telenovela.

"At first I was only involved in the production side but when I read the character description of the protagonist, Ana Sofía, I knew 1 wanted to play her," Longoria says. "I thought the script was hilarious and something I had never read before."

Longoria became a household name after starring in the award-winning series "Desperate Housewives." Her portrayal of Gabrielle Solis garnered her a 2006 Golden Globe nomination and Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2005 and 2006. Her mission now is to help tell latino stories that continue to be neglected by Hollywood.

"We are still underrepresented in television. If you're going to complain about it, you have to get in there and write, produce and create the stories. …

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