Outfitted in a blue Victoria Beckham dress and black Christian Louboutin pumps, the actress, who is co-chair of the president's reelection campaign, spoke passionately to the crowd gathered about her humble beginnings and the importance of higher education.
"I feel fortunate to be standing on this stage tonight. I never could've imagined it growing up. I was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, the youngest of four girls, including my oldest sister, Lisa, who has special needs. My mom was a special education teacher, and my dad worked on the Army base. We weren't wealthy, but we were determined to succeed."
The actress says she flipped burgers, taught aerobics and changed oil in a mechanic's shop to pay off her student loans and get where she is today.
"In my family, there was one cardinal priority—education. College was not an option; it was mandatory. So even though we didn't have a lot of money, we made it work. I signed up for financial aid, Pell Grants, work study, anything I could. Just like our president and first lady, I took out loans to pay for school."
Now a certified star, Longoria told the crowd she no longer needs tax breaks, but back then she did.
"The Eva Longoria who worked at Wendy's flipping burgers—she needed a tax break. But the Eva Longoria who works on movie sets does not."
Some notable speakers from Hollywood to hit the stage before the president officially accepted his nomination from the Democratic Party tonight included Scarlett Johansson and Kerry Washington. Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords led the pledge of allegiance followed by a standing ovation for the healing 42-year-old just a year and a half after being shot in the head during a meet-and-greet in Arizona.