Eva Jacqueline Longoria Parker (born
Eva Jacqueline Longoria; March 15, 1975) is an American fashion model and
actress. She currently plays Gabrielle Solis on the ABC television series
Desperate Housewives. She became a nationally recognized model after
appearing in several high-profile advertising campaigns and numerous men's
magazines, reaching #14 in the FHM "Sexiest Women 2008" poll, and having
appeared on the cover of Vogue and Marie Claire. Longoria married NBA
guard Tony Parker in 2007.
Eva Jacqueline Longoria was born in Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas,
the daughter of Mexican American parents, Enrique Longoria, Jr. and Ella
Longoria is the youngest of four daughters, her sisters being Elizabeth
Judina, Emily Jeannette and Esmeralda Josephina. The family lived and
worked on a farmland that had been handed down to them from past
generations, but they often had very little money; Enrique and Ella
struggled for many years to give their children a decent upbringing. On
The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006, Longoria shared with viewers an
introspective look into the hardships she faced in her formative years
while growing up poor; she took cameras on location to the family farm and
showed how spartan their life had been. Longoria admitted that only when
she had made it in show business, did things begin to look better for her
family financially. In another interview with Dateline's Stone Phillips,
she also revealed the snubbing she had received from her siblings. "I grew
up as the ugly duckling. They used to call me 'la prieta fea,' which means
'the ugly dark one,'" Longoria said.
Longoria originally wanted to be a fashion model and sent in photos to a
modeling agency but was declined because of her height. Longoria attended
Marvin P. Baker Middle School and later Roy Miller High School; she
subsequently received her Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology at
nearby Texas A&M University-Kingsville. During this time, she won the
title of Miss Corpus Christi, USA in 1998. After completing college,
Longoria entered a talent contest that led her to Los Angeles; shortly
after, she was spotted and signed by a theatrical agent.
Longoria landed her first television role in 2000, guest-starring in an
episode of Beverly Hills, 90210. Another guest appearance in General
Hospital the same year brought her big break on the popular American soap
opera The Young and the Restless, in which she played psychotic Isabella
Braña Williams from 2001 to 2003.
After leaving The Young and the Restless, she was seen on the
now-cancelled Dick Wolf revival of Dragnet. Although it lasted only two
seasons, the show gave Longoria another leading star credit to her name.
Following Dragnet, she starred in two ill-fated productions - Señorita
Justice, a poorly received direct-to-video film, and a television film
titled The Dead Will Tell.
In 2004, Longoria landed a role that elevated her to the A-List. She
starred as adulteress Gabrielle Solis in the worldwide break-out ABC hit
Desperate Housewives. As the show became an overnight sensation,
Longoria's career was well and truly launched. But she has never
considered her career to have jumped off so suddenly: "I think it’s funny
when people say I’m an overnight sensation, because I’ve been working at
it for 10 years."
Shortly after her debut on Desperate Housewives, Longoria starred in a
poorly received direct-to-video film titled Carlita's Secret, for which
she was also co-producer. In 2005, she was rewarded for her performance as
Gabrielle Solis in Desperate Housewives when she was nominated for a
Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series -
Musical or Comedy along with her co-stars. Even though neither Longoria
nor any of the rest of the cast won, she was awarded the ALMA Award and
named entertainer of the year. She also starred opposite Michael Douglas
and Kiefer Sutherland in the 2006 thriller The Sentinel, which was her
first major role in a theatrical movie. In 2006 she played the character
Sylvia in Harsh Times starring Freddy Rodriguez and Christian Bale.
People en Español listed her among its "Most Beautiful People" for 2003.
Longoria continues to be included in lists of Hollywood's Most Beautiful
and was listed #1 in Maxim's Hottest Female Stars of 2005 and 2006,
becoming the first woman to top the list in two consecutive years. She was
ranked #9 in the magazine's Hot 100 of 2007 list. In honor of Maxim's
100th issue in 2006, Longoria was featured on a 75-by-110-foot (23 by 34
m) vinyl mesh replica of its January 2005 cover located in a Las Vegas
metropolitan area desert.
Longoria is being considered to portray Mariah Carey in an upcoming
Broadway show which is about the American pop singer. Leona Lewis is
Carey's first choice. Vanessa Hudgens and Longoria Parker are also being
considered if Lewis does not take the job. In April 2009, Longoria topped
People en Español Los 50 Más Bellos list. She was featured on the cover
alongside Maite Perroni and Ana Bárbara.
It has been rumored that she will play Janet Van Dyne aka The Wasp in the
upcoming Avengers film due to the fact that she has been spotted reading
core Avengers titles such as The New Avengers annual and Marvel
Longoria is also attached to appear, and executive-produce, a film
currently titled "1954". This film is inspired by the life of Puerto Rican
who originated from Brazil. Lolita Lebrón.
Longoria was married to General Hospital star Tyler Christopher from 2002
On November 30, 2006, Longoria became engaged to Spurs point guard Tony
Parker. The couple was officially married in a civil service on Friday,
July 6, 2007, at a Paris city hall. This is a requirement of French law.
This was followed by a lavish church wedding on Saturday July 7, 2007, in
Paris. Their marriage had its first ordeal when French model Alexandra
Paressant claimed to have had an affair with Parker.
In 2008, Longoria opened a restaurant in West Hollywood called Beso, which
means "kiss" in Spanish. She and business partner Todd English opened a
second Beso steakhouse in Las Vegas in January 2010.
In 2009, Longoria enrolled in an Master's program in Chicano Studies and
Political Science at Cal State University, Northridge. According to Eva,
"because of my involvement with the NCLR and my charity work, I really
wanted a better, more authentic understanding of what my community has
gone through so I can help create change."
In September 2009, Longoria was appointed to a bi-partisan commission
issued with the task of determining the feasibility of the creation of a
National Museum of the American Latino.
When Desperate Housewives comes to an end, she plans to move to France
with her husband.
"I grew up as an ugly
duckling. They used to call me prieta fea, because I was the only
one of my family's four girls with dark hair, dark eyes, and dark
skin. Growing up I was the ugly one, because I was the odd one."
"As soon as I read the script I knew it was pretty special. The
creator of the show asked what I thought of the writing as a whole.
I told him I had no idea because I'd only read my part. He laughed
and told me I'd got the job. He thought my answer was completely
Gabrielle" On how she got the part as Gabrielle Solis
"I didn't really blossom until my mid teens and by that time I had
to work on my personality to make people like me. I found it easy to
make people laugh and I was always pretty popular"
"I love being a woman. I love the sexiness we get to exude. But the
best thing about being a woman is the power we have over men."
"I love men, I love being in love and having romantic dates"
"I'm a fabulous date, I make sure I look good, I like hearing what a
guy has to say and I make sure the evening is a real laugh. I like
to laugh." On going out on a date.
"I'm a late bloomer, my looks came pretty late and success happened
at the age of 30. But I'm pleased about things not coming to me
immediately because it makes you appreciate it when you finally get
"I'm definitely no Bridget Jones. I don't believe in that whole 'oh
there are no decent men out there' thing. Get real girls- there are
loads of gorgeous guys on every street corner"
"I'm totally blown away by the success of _"Desperate Housewives"
"It literally did happen overnight" On her success from "Desperate
"That whole T-Shirt thing was just a bit of a joke. I did it for a
laugh. I never expected my picture to be on the front pages of
newspapers and magazines all over the world. It was just something
me and my girlfriends thought was funny." On wearing the 'I'll have
your baby Brad' T-Shirt.
"I do like British guys. If I had to pick one it would be Ewan
McGregor. I met him once and he was gorgeous even if he is a little
short. He has the most amazing charisma".
"It would be nice to go out on a date with Brad Pitt but I'm not
going to cry about it. There are plenty of other guys out there."
"I don't agree with all the boundaries we put on everything. Women
are forever discounting men for all sorts of silly reasons - too
old, too young, wrong haircut. Give the guy a chance and he may
surprise you. I've definitely been pleasantly surprised by my
choices and I've always had plenty of choice."
"Believe me, I would shout it from the highest mountain. I married
before when I was too young and eloped to Vegas. This time I'd love
to have an engagement and a big wedding and do it properly." On
"Surely there are more beautiful women in the world. I can name 10."
"I'm like "Blanche" on "The Golden Girls" (1985). I have a good head
on my shoulders but, once in a while, a man will come and knock the
sense out of me".
"I've always been desperate to be a pussycat. And here I am, a bona
fide, show-stopping pussycat."
Días de gracia (2010)
... aka Days of Grace (International: English title)
"Desperate Housewives" .... Gabrielle Solis / ... (127 episodes,
- The Glamorous Life (2010) TV episode .... Gabrielle Solis
- How About a Friendly Shrink? (2010) TV episode .... Gabrielle
- You Gotta Get a Gimmick (2010) TV episode .... Gabrielle Solis
- If... (2010) TV episode .... Gabrielle Solis
- Boom Crunch (2009) TV episode .... Gabrielle Solis
Foodfight! (2009) (voice) .... Lady X
"Childrens' Hospital" .... The New Chief (1 episode, 2008)
- Episode #1.10 (2008) TV episode .... The New Chief
Lower Learning (2008) .... Rebecca Seabrook
Over Her Dead Body (2008) .... Kate
The Heartbreak Kid (2007) (as Eva Longoria) .... Consuela
The Sentinel (2006) (as Eva Longoria) .... Jill Marin
"George Lopez" .... Brooke (1 episode, 2006)
- George Vows to Make Some Matri-Money (2006) TV episode (as Eva
Longoria) .... Brooke
Harsh Times (2005) (as Eva Longoria) .... Sylvia
Hustler's Instinct (2005) (as Eva Longoria) .... Vanessa Santos
Carlita's Secret (2004) (V) (as Eva Longoria) .... Carlita/Lexus
"Dragnet" .... Det. Gloria Duran (10 episodes, 2003-2004)
... aka L.A. Dragnet (USA: new title)
- Killing Fields (2004) TV episode (as Eva Longoria) .... Det.
- Riddance (2004) TV episode (as Eva Longoria) .... Det. Gloria
- Retribution (2004) TV episode (as Eva Longoria) .... Det. Gloria
- Frame of Mind (2004) TV episode (as Eva Longoria) .... Det. Gloria
- Abduction (2004) TV episode (as Eva Longoria) .... Det. Gloria
The Dead Will Tell (2004) (TV) (as Eva Longoria) .... Jeanie
Señorita Justice (2004) (V) (as Eva Longoria) .... Det. Roselyn
Snitch'd (2003) (V) (as Eva Longoria) .... Gabby
"The Young and the Restless" .... Isabella Braña Williams / ... (4
... aka Y&R (USA: promotional abbreviation)
- Episode #1.7261 (2001) TV episode (as Eva Longoria Christopher)
.... Isabella Braña Williams
- Episode #1.7149 (2001) TV episode (as Eva Longoria Christopher)
.... Isabella Braña Williams
- Episode #1.7142 (2001) TV episode (as Eva Longoria Christopher)
.... Isabella Braña Williams
- Episode #1.7136 (2001) TV episode (as Eva Longoria) .... Isabella
"General Hospital" .... Brenda Barrett Lookalike (1 episode, 2000)
- Episode dated 25 September 2000 (2000) TV episode (uncredited)
.... Brenda Barrett Lookalike
"Beverly Hills, 90210" .... Flight Attendant #3 (1 episode, 2000)
... aka Class of Beverly Hills (USA: teaser title)
- I Will Be Your Father Figure (2000) TV episode (as Eva Longoria)
.... Flight Attendant #3