Eva was busy flashing her rock this week at lunch with Jamie Foxx in LA. Then again, the five-carat emerald-cut diamond is hard not to notice. We were so happy to hear that Eva and Tony had gotten engaged, especially after the trouble they were going through recently. But Eva says their problems were overblown. Still she was totally taken aback when he popped the question. Here's more:
"It was a big surprise!" Longoria tells PEOPLE in its new issue.
"I was heading home from a long day on the (Desperate Housewives) set. He had been playing in Utah, so I was just shocked to see him in L.A. I thought it was so weird, sort of, 'Why are you here? What's going on? Oh my God! It's happening!' "
There at Longoria's home in the early-morning hours, surrounded by rose petals and candles, Parker fell to one knee – "I'm a traditional guy," he says – and, having already told both of their families, popped the question.
"I cried my eyes out," says Longoria. "I was mostly touched by how nervous he was. I was like, 'You know I'm going to say yes. Why are you so nervous?' But I guess every man gets nervous at that point."
No way, says Parker: "I knew it was right. We've been talking for months about it, and I just knew. It was time."
And so it went that the Texas-bred actress, 31, and the French-raised San Antonio Spurs point guard, 24, took their two-year relationship to the next level – something they quickly celebrated with close friends, who gathered at Longoria's L.A. home soon after the proposal.
Eva also said that telling her DH pals Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman "was really exciting." They were probably so happy that Eva and Tony had moved past the bad stuff. As for that, Eva says she and Tony's motto is always, "Breaking up is not an option." That's a good way to keep that rock on your finger for good, Eva! For lots more pics of Eva, Jamie and her ring, read more