Eva Longoria on Election 2020, Latinx Power, and Why Voting Matters
Eva Longoria talks about politics with an urgency you might wish more politicians possessed. Best known for her role on Desperate Housewives, the actress-turned-advocate has a lengthy résumé of philanthropy and political activism under her belt. If Marco Rubio needs a refresher, it includes: being a top fundraiser and cochair of former President Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign; cofounding the Latino Victory Fund and, most recently, She Se Puede; putting 2,100-plus school-age Latinas through STEM programs; and disbursing almost $2 million in loans to entrepreneurs.
Over the past decade, Longoria has in no small part demonstrably bettered the lives of US-based Latinas. Through programs led by the Eva Longoria Foundation, her initiatives have improved a reported 90 percent of students' grades in math and science, created or retained 600-plus jobs to date, and improved "confidence in communicating opinions and ideas" for a reported 79 percent of participants, who have shown improved rates of high-school graduation and college attendance.
At 45, Longoria appears as engaged as ever. Dialing in from Mexico for our Zoom call, she exuded an energy you can't help but admire (and share in, if she has anything to say about it). She's here to get the word out that this election year, Latinas hold all the cards: "And they don't know it."
The interview has been edited for length and clarity.