Eva Longoria is a woman of many hats.
Not just because she dons an assortment of them as Margot
Beste-Chetwynde, a feminist and bourgeois widow, in the 1930s-set miniseries Decline and Fall,premiering in the U.S. Monday, May 15 on Acorn TV. But Longoria,
who funded her quinceañera working at a Wendy's in her hometown of Corpus
Christi, Texas, at 15 years old, is a bona fide go-getter.
That same moxie eventually landed the 42-year-old stalwart her
breakout role as the amusingly self-obsessed, gardener-bedding Gabrielle Solis
on ABC's juicy dramedy Desperate
Housewives. Later, she worked behind the camera, producing and directing
episodes of Lifetime's Devious Maids and
NBC's short-lived romp Telenovela,
which also cast her as a lurid soap star.
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In addition to a recent Empire
stint, Longoria de-glams for the gritty drama Lowriders, released this past weekend, and stars in Jamie Foxx's
summer-bound directorial debut All-Star
Weekend. Longoria is also a brand ambassador for L'Oréal, a clothing
designer and dream maker. The Eva Longoria Foundation, yet another feather in
her cap, helps fellow Latinas build better futures.
Longoria's affable charm and feminist principles were on
full display during a wide-ranging interview with ET, when she talked about her
many projects, maintaining her Wendy's-born strong-mindedness and why, shouldshowrunners revive Desperate Housewives, she'd be "the first one to sign