Eva Longoria in Ocean Drive March 2014: I Think Being Smart Is Sexy
While striking a few poses in designer garbs from Diane von Furstenberg and Calvin Klein for the Greg Lotus-shot spread, the former "Desperate Housewives" star opened up about everything from her political activism and philanthropic work roots to her very nerdy side.
Highlights from Miss Longoria's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Ocean Drive!
On her love for volunteer work:
"Because of our sister [who had special needs], we were constantly volunteering, whether it was at her school, or at the church, or at the community center, or wherever, we wanted to make sure that we supported her. We didn't come from a lot of money; we had to really utilize the services that were offered to us by the community, whether it was Boys and Girls Club or Salvation Army. And because we benefited from a lot of those organizations, we gave back. That's what started my philanthropic view of putting yourself in other people's shoes. And there are a lot of people less fortunate than you, so you have to share and help."
On her political views and schooling:
"You need to do both [community work and grass-roots organizing] to have substantial, effective, long-term, sustainable change. I'm extremely curious about the world, and I always want to be literate on what I'm talking about. So I decided to get my masters in Chicano studies, because that's what I was curious about. When immigration was becoming an issue- it was on the national agenda in a more serious way. I wanted to know more about the history of immigration and understand why it was problematic. I was like a sponge with my teachers and my classmates, just absorbing all of the knowledge. I found it all very energizing and exciting, and something that was outside of my everyday norm of mingling with other actors, talking about movies and box offices, and readings. It was nice to break out and talk about Oedipus theory and Marxism and the global community we live in, and how this affects everybody. I think being smart is sexy."
On her acting career:
"I’ve always been driven and ambitious. I’ve always been proactive. Knowing that Latinas are underrepresented in television and film, I didn’t want to just sit back and wait for the next role to come along. If we want more opportunities in entertainment, we have to create them ourselves—we have to write them; we have to produce them; we have to direct them. And that’s really what has motivated me to get behind the camera, to make sure other people have the same opportunity I had."
On settling down and having kids:
"[Having a kid] is not on the horizon right now, so it's not something I think about."
Photo Credit: Greg Lotus for Ocean Drive