Gabrielle Solis in the ABC Television Network's "Desperate Housewives"
Eva Longoria is on the fast track to stardom with her return to primetime as the star of the new ABC series “Desperate Housewives,” where she portrays Latin sexpot Gabrielle Solis. Just voted by Variety as one of the “Ten New Faces to Watch” this Fall, as well as one of USA Today’s “Fall TV’s Hot 11” and TV Guide’s “New Faces of Fall,” Longoria also co-stars in the recent CBS movie-of-the-week, “The Dead Will Tell,” opposite Anne Heche, Jonathan LaPaglia and Kathleen Quinlan. Last season she starred on “L.A. Dragnet,” Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf’s modern-day take on the classic police drama. Voted one of Maxim Magazine’s “Hot 100” for 2004 (and part of Maxim’s 2005 calendar), one of People en Espanol’s “25 Most Beautiful People,” and winner of an ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama, this “Young and the Restless” alum proves that talent and versatility pave the way to success.
On “Desperate Housewives,” Longoria plays a glamorous, former runway model married to the handsome, sexy Carlos. In this dark comedy that looks at the sexy, insidious and incredibly secretive lives of the inhabitants of a neighborhood cul-de-sac, Gabrielle is “desperate” because all of her teenage dreams did come true and yet she still hates her life. She has learned too late that what she wanted and what she got are not the ingredients to happiness, and she deals with her husband’s cold disapproval by having a fling with their 17-year old gardener.
In “The Dead Will Tell,” which aired in October, Longoria played a quirky psychic named Jenny, whose mental abilities play an intricate part in resolving a long overdue, unsolved murder. On the critically acclaimed “L.A. Dragnet,” she played Detective Gloria Duran, a keen observer, well trained in psychology. “I was so excited to work opposite veteran actor Ed O’Neill and to have the opportunity to portray a detective who not only exhibits a tough exterior, but shows her sexy, feminine strength at the same time,” Longoria acknowledges.
Longoria also flexes her comedic muscles in “Hot Tamales Live,” a critically lauded comedy/variety show in which she both stars and co-produces. “Hot Tamales Live” performs regularly at The Comedy Store and consistently sells out its performances whenever they perform across the country. “Hot Tamales Live” is available on DVD/videocassette and pay-per-view. Previously she celebrated her theatre debut in the popular comedy farce, “What the Rabbi Saw.” Acknowledging her “comedic flair,” Back Stage West proclaimed “Eva Longoria is sensational.”
The youngest of four sisters who grew up on a ranch in Corpus Christi, Texas, Longoria attended Texas A&M-Kingsville, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. After graduating from college, she entered a talent contest that brought her to Los Angeles, where she was spotted and subsequently signed by a theatrical agent. Her timing couldn’t have been better, and she was determined to see where her acting dreams would take her.
Her persistence has certainly paid off. After landing roles on “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “General Hospital” and co-starring on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” she auditioned for and won the role of Isabella on the popular series “The Young and the Restless.” Longoria’s career was successfully launched. She considers herself blessed to have had the opportunity to work on the No. 1 daytime drama.
Longoria currently lives in Los Angeles. In her spare time she is actively involved in the John Kerry-John Edwards campaign, educating Latino voters about the Presidential candidate. Recently she participated at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and with the 2004 Bus Tour Campaign, which was a three-state, eleven-city “Una Nueva Esperanza” tour, organized to highlight the values that the Kerry-Edwards campaign shares with Hispanics.
Longoria’s pastimes include salsa dancing, and she LOVES to cook and read Latino literature and history.
HOMETOWN: Corpus Christi, TX
BIRTHDATE: March 15