Eva Longoria Wants to be a Mum
With her diminutive frame, pint-sized stature and soft voice, Eva Longoria should cut a rather fragile figure, however the moment the stunning Latino speaks it’s obvious she’s one woman that shouldn’t be underestimated.
A recent honouree at the Power of Women luncheon, thanks to her charity work with Eva’s Heroes, Eva feels she’s finally at the top of her game. And after seeing the hordes of fans queuing outside Armani/Ristorante just to get a glimpse of the beauty during her recent visit to Dubai, it’s clear Eva truly is a bona fide Hollywood star – she even boasts a slight diva persona having visited the restaurant earlier than her guests, which included Ahlan!, to check the temperature wasn’t freezing cold.
Although just 5ft 2ins the glowing actress exudes a confidence only possible from a woman who’s truly conquered life’s obstacles and with two divorces under her belt, the 36-year-old has certainly come across some hurdles, yet for the first time in years she’s finally “happy.” And it seems her perky demeanour can be attributed to her relationship with Spanish hunk Eduardo Cruz, brother of Penelope. “He is my amore,” she exclusively tells us.
Her new lease of life and relationship coincides with season eight of Desperate Housewives, marking an end of the TV series that made Eva a household name as well as the highest paid TV actress – she raked in a Dhs48million fortune from the show. “(It’s) bittersweet,” she said about the show coming to an end. “I’m sad that it’s ending because it’s been my family for so many years. And then I’m a little bit excited. You know, I get to move on to the next chapter in my life.”
In the show Eva plays Gabrielle Solis, a spoilt suburban wife who has two children, and it seems the role has made the star broody as she reveals, “[I want to] have kids and be a mum. I’m really domestic, so I had a really strong identity in being a wife.”
Adding, “I’ve always loved the idea of having lots of children. If I’m around any baby, I’m like ‘Aaaahhhh, babies!’”
However, when asked if she plans to marry Eduardo she remains coy, insisting she’s happy how things are, explaining, “Finding myself again outside of somebody else has been not even challenging – it’s been fun. It’s been like, here we go!" Adding, “For me, being a woman, I realised you cannot identify yourself through a man or through your marriage or through a partner. I think it’s our nature to be socially constructed that way — to just be inferior or subservient and you don’t have to be. You can be yourself and really hold your own by yourself no matter what partnership you’re in.”
With her marriage to Tony Parker ending following allegations he was having an affair with a team-member’s wife, Eva admitted they no longer talk and states leaving him has made her stronger – "I think divorce agrees with me".
It’s perhaps her past relationship failings that has caused Eva to keep schtum about her romance with her “amore”, though a close source spilled, “Eva is head-over-heels in love with Eduardo and really wants to be with him, but marriage is not on the cards.”
“She’s being very straight with Eduardo,” the source continued. “She wants to settle down and have a family but marriage is not important to her any more. She doesn’t believe in it after what she’s been through.”
Eva moved on from her failed marriages by concentrating on her greatest passion – food. Her cook book Eva’s Kitchen is her “memoir of my life through food”, as such the book was heavily influenced by her mum, who Eva credits as her greatest role model.
“My mum had four kids going to four different schools, one with special needs, she had a full-time job and a husband who wanted dinner on the table every day at six. Now, it’s such a forced thing that parents have to do for their kids,” she said.
Following in her mother’s footsteps she adds, “I cooked a lot when I was married. And now my girlfriends are always waiting for me to get home, [asking],’ What’s for dinner, what’s for dinner?’”
It’s clear friends and family are incredibly important to the star who said, “It’s nice to be surrounded by your friends and family and be blessed with a great career.”
Eva attributes her strength and ability to move on from her failed marriages to her girlfriends, insisting her pals help make her strong. While she jokes that JLo inspires her to sing and dance insisting, “I love to sing and dance because I don’t know how to sing and dance, but I just like to pretend I can dance like Jennifer,” it’s Demi Moore who she truly praises.
Maybe it’s because they share a common pain, having both been victims of infidelity, but Eva gushed, “Demi’s an amazing human being. She’s a dynamic human being who can balance work, motherhood and philanthropy so well.”
Another friend who Eva admits to holding so dear is Victoria Beckham. “She’s so frickin’ funny,” said the actress who believes Victoria is an icon for motherhood. “I have such an appreciation for her style. She represents womanhood – being a mum, being a wife and still being fabulous. That’s inspiring to me. I hope to be as dedicated to my husband and children as she is.”
The pocket-sized star also shows her appreciation for Posh Spice by wearing her creations. “I just absolutely love her dresses,” she beams. “Structurally they’re just absolutely beautiful and form fitting.”
While Eva may have her own icons, her charity, Eva’s Heroes, for children with special needs has made her a role model in her own right, and seen her awarded in Hollywood for her philanthropy work.
Discussing her reasons for launching the campaign she passionately explains, “My inspiration for Eva’s Heroes was my older sister Lisa who has special needs. I grew up in her community and world and they didn’t have after school programmes, or any activities that would stimulate them or help integrate them into society and that’s why we launched Eva Heroes.”
The star admits it was also thanks to her mum that she launched the charity – “Mum was a great role model because she taught me how to give to others.” Yet it was her sister‘s strength that encouraged her to follow her dreams in Tinseltown.
She reveals, “It was a blessing to watch her overcome every obstacle – tying her shoes, putting on a shirt, getting out the front door. And yet she still had a job and would come home on the bus by herself and help with dinner. You could only imagine the hurdles she encountered every minute of the day. Lisa was a role model to get me ready for life in Hollywood.”