If you’ve been following the news over the last few days, you’ll have spotted that Eva Longoria has been in Dubai and exploring the city. As well as seeing the sights, the Desperate Housewives actress was in town to host the Global Gift Gala, a charity initiative that supports women and children across the world. We were lucky enough to meet Eva to find out more…
Why are you so passionate about the Global Gift Gala?
You know what, I love using my voice and the spotlight that’s on me, and I like to redirect it towards organisations that are doing amazing things across the world. The Global Gift Gala uses its platform to connect people that are doing similar things in different countries – we like to go to different places and see the common denominator for initiatives that are creating sustainable change.
How is DIFF helping this year?
DIFF has partnered with us and Dubai Cares. Every year they partner with certain foundations – they named us as their partner for this year so we’re very excited about that. I haven’t been to DIFF so this is my first time and I was like ‘wow!’ I love it when film festivals have a philanthropic arm to them because they have so many celebrities coming in and so much attention. Dubai is glamorous so it’s nice that they’re using some of that attention to bring light to some of those charities that are doing great work.
Have you ever thought about stepping behind the camera? Are you going to do anymore feature films or directing?
I have. I’ve directed two films and I’ve directed TV. I’ve directed a lot.
What about making a documentary on the Global Gift Gala?
I don’t know, it’s not on the cards right now.
This year, Dubai International Film Festival and Dubai Cares are presenting The Global Gift Gala, a unique international fundraising initiative. The local organization is working to improve children’s access to quality primary education. With the support of the UAE community, Dubai Cares has managed to reach over 10 million children in 35 developing countries.
In 2013, the Global Gift Gala in Dubai was a massive success, raising over $250,000 (Dhs918,250) during the auction. Eva Longoria, the Honorary Chair was joined by humanitarian and Grammy Award winner Ricky Martin Foundation. Other A-listers who came to launch the first event in Dubai included rapper 50 Cent, singer-songwriter Maxwell, Lebanese singer and actress Haifa Wehbe as well as Metin Senturk, the Turkish singer who holds the Guinness Blind World Land Speed Record.