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Better than Eva

05/20/2009 02:21 PM

American actress Eva Longoria may have aced her role as the conniving trophy wife Gabrielle Solis, but in real life she is anything but a diva.

The Desperate Housewives star and L’Oreal ambassador, currently in Cannes for the film festival, responded to an e-mail questionnaire we sent her with some surprisingly frank and down-to-earth replies.

Rumour has it that she demanded the closure of a public beach in Cannes in order to enjoy a meal with her husband, but her artless responses make this hard to believe.

“I keep forgetting they [paparazzi] are there. I can tune them out completely,” she told tabloid! in this exclusive interview.

Like any woman-next-door she loves killer heels but would choose jeans or sweats as her favourite ensemble.

She’s also petrified of gravity taking its toll and experiments with diets — only to dig into a steak after a week’s abstinence.

Better still, the self-confessed shoeholic even says fashion is not just her thing, and her famous on-screen personna is not her alter-ego: “I am not like Gabrielle at all in my real life.”

We bring you Longoria’s world, in her own words:

You are one of the best-dressed celebrities in Hollywood? Does the pressure to look perennially-perfect get to you?

Yes, it takes a team of people to be so glamorous. It takes a village to be glamorous. You know, in my real life, I’m very simple but when I have photo shoots or when I come to Cannes, I have hair stylists, make-up artists, publicity agents and all the rest.

But as I’m a girl, I love it: I like to dress up and put on high heels and make-up. But whenever I am not working and just hanging out at home I actually put on what’s clean.

Usually I’m in sweats or jeans. Tony’s favorite outfit is me in jeans and a T-shirt with no makeup. But I have learnt how to run in heals for example since I am Latina.

I think I was born with high heels. But it can become annoying. There’s so many times when I'm at basketball games and I'm eating everything – nacho, hotdog – and there's pictures of me and I'll go, :"When did they take that?" My publicist goes, "When you're at a basketball game! Do you see the hundred cameras that are shooting you? That's when it happens!" I keep forgetting that they are there. I tune it out so much. Nobody wants to hear a celebrity complain. "I hate my life!" So I'm not about to do that.

What is your personal style quotient?

My bag is packed when I come to Cannes because my stylist thinks about every event we have, every interview, every red carpet - everything is already planned and dresses are fitted, and I just put on what somebody gives me.

I absolutely love Versace. As for shoes, I love anything high heels! I was wearing a pair of very high heeled YSL sandals on the red carpet today. You know, I have a very tall husband!

If you could grab one shoes and one outfit from your expansive wardrobe, which item would it be and why?

Well, if I only have one outfit and one  pair of shoes to grab then I think I’d want to feel comfortable, so most probably I’ll go for sweat pants, T-shirt and sneakers. Actually, I might grab a pair of high heels as well, you never know.

How does it feel to walk down the Cannes red carpet every year? What is your state of mind and how do you decide on your look for the night?

Cannes is one of my favourite places because it’s only pictures, you don’t have to speak: you just have to look beautiful.

It’s very simple, very fast and I always love watching the movies here in Cannes. I love this place and I particularly love that it is a forum of beauty, style and elegance.

I leave the look and outfit selection up to my stylist as I said earlier who selects several gowns and thinks about every event we have, every red carpet and every detail. I’m loving the big designer gowns these days especially Versace with the amazing colors.

Which is one make up item that you cannot live without?

I’m a big fan of concealer and I absolutely cannot live without my black eye liner and mascara.  Extra Volume Collagen mascara from L’Oreal Paris is my favorite.

For the lips, I love the Infallible lip sticks, there are some great colours and they are easy to fit in your purse when you go out. The texture is great, and it stays on for long without drying my lips, and they are very easy to wear.

Water is also an essential part of every beauty regime; while people might not think of it as a “beauty product” it is definitely a priority so always drink 8 glasses a day.

You are one of the fittest in Hollywood, how do you manage it?

I think it's a combination of attitude and exercise. It is really a combination of a lot of things. I want to look like Demi Moore when I'm 42. It's obviously emotional health. And it's obviously your physical health, but there's a lot of maintenance involved, and I'm not talking about anti-aging.

I'm just talking about general health, getting your checkups and getting your blood tests and making sure you get your mammograms. 

Your body is a vehicle of your emotions and a vehicle of feelings and a vehicle of whatever you need to get done in life. And you've got to take care of that vehicle. 

For me, as far as skin, I'm a big advocate of facials. And I moisturize. I am a fan of serums and their concentrated effect when used under your daily moisturiser. I use L’Oreal’s Derma Genesis Serum regularly.

And I listen to good advice from people who really know, and I try to watch what I eat. But it's diet. It's exercise. It's maintenance. It's checkups. It's attitude. It's a lot of things. And I think you just need to be aware of what's going to work for you.

I have a personal trainer who comes over at least four times a week and kicks my butt. I get so sore that I can't even walk. I do squats, lunges - anything for my butt.

My big concern is gravity taking its toll. As for food, I'm trying the vegan thing right now, but I fall off the wagon a lot. Yesterday, I had a steak. I try to do cleansings -- I'll go months just eating vegetables and then have turkey or a filet mignon.

How do you ensure that an element of monotony does not creep in the role of Wisteria Lane’s Gabrielle Solis?

Well I am sure that the writers of the show are doing a good job at that. From my side, I am enjoying the different phase into which Gabriel has entered in the current season and I try to understand her psychology and how she has evolved. I think this adds a new dimension to her personality and I love it.

There are rumors that you are moving base to France? How are you gearing up for the drastic change?

We do think about it sometimes but it might happen in like 20 years. It's way off. So, no, we're not moving anytime soon. The only traveling the two of us were thinking about was getting away for some rest and relaxation.

In real life, are you a very passionate and revenge-seeking wife?

I’m not like Gabriel at all actually. I enjoy playing her in Desperate Housewives and I don’t think I could’ve done any of the other characters better.

Gabrielle pays more attention to her wardrobe than I do for example. I just put on what people give me. My stylist says wear this, and I wear it.

I don’t really have a strong feeling about fashion. My whole fashion sense is focused on the comfortable.

I have a great sense of humor though, but not an evil one. But I am very passionate, I am Latin after all. I like routine and I like to work. I have an incredible work ethic so that’s why I love working on film, TV.

I love juggling everything at once. I’m definitely a control freak in my business life whether it’s my career or my businesses or my restaurant or whatever I’m doing, I’m a control freak.

I want to know what’s going on, what’s the process, what’s the timeline, what’s the next step, what do we have to do, but when it comes to my personal life, I’m the opposite.

I don’t have a care in the world and Tony is more that person. Tony plans dinner, Tony plans our vacations, Tony buys our cars, Tony does our house stuff … he’s like this is what we’re doing today, this is what we’re doing tomorrow, this is what we’re doing next week. He’s a big planner, and I’m not in my personal life.

How would you characterize your journey from a struggling actress to one of the most recognisable faces in Hollywood?

My journey actually started way before that since I was in high school. I worked for Wendy’s for six years. It was my high school job. I loved it. And I still love them.

They are an amazing organisation. I still keep in touch with my manager from when I was 14. They are just great to me. Then when I won my beauty pageant in Texas, going to Hollywood for a week was part of the package, I won a trip to Hollywood to compete in a talent competition. And I said it would be fun to go for a week to Hollywood.

So I came, and I never went home. I fell in love with L.A. I happened to become an actor and it was really so fast. I didn’t even go home to pack.

I had my mom send my clothes. I never went back. It wasn’t all fun and rosy in the beginning and I struggled with roles. Then I landed a few TV roles in several soap operas.

I think that every experience you go through - good or bad - helps mold your personality. It makes you who you are today. I wouldn’t change a thing about it.

Can you tell us more about your future projects?

There aren’t any new TV series or movies in the horizon. But I can assure you that Desperate Housewives will go on for many years.

What is a secret tip to being sane and keep a marriage with a sports star alive and kicking. Do the rumors of infidelity and deception affect your relationship?

Tony and I have a wonderful relationship. I think the best part about Tony is his innocent outlook on love and relationships. He's just more open to all the possibilities.

I think women, for the most part, tend to be a little more guarded when it comes to relationships.

We love to lie around and watch movies. We are both into fine dining. He's European, so he likes to make it a four-hour experience with the cheeses and the wines. We love eating -- that's our escape together.

We never go to bed angry, which sometimes frustrates Tony because he'll be like "Please. I have a game tomorrow. I need sleep."

Another rule we have is that nobody is ever right. I don't need to be right. I just want to be understood. The same goes for him.

Rumours are a part of our lives as celebrities and people who always under the spotlight. We don’t care about them really. We have learnt and are still learning everyday how to deal with rumors especially that most of them are wrong and harmful.

Will you be coming to Dubai soon? What do you think of the city?

Dubai – It’s a wonderful city.

What is it like being one of the L’Oreal Paris spokespeople?

It’s fun to be representing a company like L’Oréal and to be part of this rainbow of women who represent the global face of L’Oréal, the make-up and the hair.

It involves a lot of things other than being a spokesperson for the make-up, hair and skin care products we’re shooting.

We also have to be ambassadors for all the charity work that L’Oréal does with the cancer research fund and anything else the company lends its name to, like the Cannes Film Festival and bringing awareness to issues concerning women.

Can you tell us more about your dream role in Hollywood?

I do find it rewarding that I'm doing the work I get to do every week on Desperate Housewives. It's been really tough picking a movie because I get to do everything on Desperate Housewives.

There is a bit of drama, comedy and even physical comedy.  So for me I want to do something that's going to challenge me in a different way.

And everything I've read doesn't. Especially for women in Hollywood. You're "The Girl" in the movie. You could read the logline of the movie without ever mentioning most of the women so that's another thing.

And I don't want to do a movie just to do a movie. I want it to be something that I'm really excited about and also, because we work 10 months out of the year, it's tough to fit the ones you do want into the specific time that you're allowed. I would love to just take time off for now and go to the south of France when Tony is done.

From Eva to Gabby - get Longoria's red-carpet look

Face: Her skin was prepped with Derma Genesis Concentrated Serum, followed by True Match Minerals foundation.

Touche Magique Concealer was applied under her eyes. This was topped up by a touch of Glow Minerals on her cheekbones, forehead and nose.

Eyes: Extra Volume Collagene Mascara and black eye liner.

Lips: Infallible lip stick duo (Nude colour) topped with Glam Shine lip gloss (Crystal Nude).

Eva dishes on...

The most beautiful woman at Cannes 2009: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is ravishingly beautiful. I can stare at her all day long.

Tony’s favourite look: He loves me in jeans and a T-shirt with no make-up.

Her current favourite designer: Versace’s voluminous gowns and high-heeled YSLs.

Her top beauty tips: I am a big advocate for facials. I use L’Oreal’s Derma Genesis Serum regularly.

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