Eva Longoria made a name for herself on the long running series Desperate Housewives, but while much of America may have been addicted to the lives on Wisteria Lane, Longoria’s own fiancée has never seen an episode. Eager to earn his respect and show him a sample of her work, Eva urged him on to give the series a chance, but, as time would reveal, that may not have been such a great idea.
Eva Longoria Introduces Her Fiancée To The Antics Of Desperate Housewives
Eva Longoria is married to one of the most powerful moguls in Mexico’s media industry, José Antonio Baston, so it was surprising to the internationally known actress that he hadn’t watched a single episode of Desperate Housewives. In a recent interview with Ellen Degeneres, Eva revealed that she wasn’t just an actress on the Marc Cherry created series, but she was also a big fan, so it was something she definitely wanted to share with her husband.
“He goes, ‘I’m gonna watch. I’m gonna watch. Everybody talks about it. I’m gonna watch.’ And he tries to watch and of course I’m like banging the gardener in the first season, and he’s like. ‘I don’t want to watch!’ I was like, ‘Yeah…yeah, let’s jump to season 5. That’s when I was like not sleeping with anybody,'” the Telenovela actress explained.
While one could hardly blame Longoria for wanting to share Desperate Housewives with Baston, since it had been such a huge part of her life for eight years, it might have been wiser to start him off slow. Maybe just show him the opening and closing credits?
Eva Longoria Has A New Project And She Says We Can All Relate To Telenovela
It’s been a couple of years, since Desperate Housewives went off the year, so Eva and José may have decided that it’s all water under the bridge. Ms. Longoria has a new series now, Telenovela, and it’s her own project. Eva produces, directs, and stars in the series about Ana Sofia, a Spanish soap opera star who doesn’t speak Spanish. The character, who has to memorize her lines, is taken from Longoria’s own life. The Telenovela star says she grew up as a non-Spanish speaking Latina in Texas, so she can really relate to the show’s main character.
“Navigating that identity in the United States was definitely interesting.”
Ms. Longoria adds that she has since learned Spanish and has taken the opportunity to reconnect with her heritage. While she says Telenovela is relatable to everyone, because it’s essentially a workplace comedy, she feels it speaks even more to those of Latin heritage. The all Latin cast was mostly filled with actors from Latino television.
Jencarlos Canela, who plays Ana’s ex-husband on the show, comes from Latin America, where he is already a popular Spanish language soap opera star and a pop singing sensation. Amaury Nolasco has also joined the cast of Telenovela and will play the villain, while Diana Maria Riva will play “the show’s Ethel to Eva’s Lucy”.
It’s not just the actors or even the characters that make the series so relatable to Latinos, says Longoria.
“…for Latinos specifically, there is this ebb and flow of pressure to assimilate, and pressure to be monolingual, to be you know, acculturated – [yet] Latinos so much want to hold on to their culture and their heritage.”
The actress / producer/ director says that her new series helps people of mixed heritage that such diversity should be celebrated. She says there is pride in claiming a bicultural history and the series seeks to prove that through comedy and levity.
Telenovela airs Monday nights on NBC. Check local listings for times.
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