After stunning onlookers in a nude-colored gown with a peek-a-boo cut-out across her chest at the Cannes film festival on Monday evening, Eva Longoria has taken to politics.
The 39-year old actress said that since America has seen its first black president, a Latino president shouldn’t be far behind.
“With the demographic changes in the United States, there’s definitely, inevitably going to be a Latino president,” she said.
Longoria’s newly-launched Latino Victory Project aims to promote future leaders from the Latino community. She spoke of the project, saying that it looks for people who are “promoting a pro-Latino agenda, pro-immigration, pro-education reform, pro-health care” and candidates who are “fighting the fight right now in our politics.”
Since ending Desperate Housewives in 2012 after eight years as a regular on the show, Longoria is aiming to only “represent the right things” in film and television. She is currently the executive producer of the Latina comedy/drama Devious Maids and Food Chains, a documentary highlighting exploited farm laborers.
“You know I’ve been really lucky to have choices and I don’t really want to work unless the work is important or something I want to do, or something fun and exciting,” she said.
As an active Democrat, the Mexican-American star hopes to see more action toward U.S. immigration reform. “It’s been blocked by a certain few people in the government and I’m hoping we can continue to push it through before the next election,” she said.
Named Philanthropist of the year by in 2009 The Hollywood Reporter, Longoria promotes several causes including Padres Contra El Cancer (Parents Against Cancer), a nonprofit committed to improving the lives of Latino children with cancer and their families; Eva’s Heroes, a program that provides an after-school program for individuals with developmental disabilities; and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Also in 2009, Longoria enrolled in a Master’s program in Chicano Studies and political science at Cal State. “Because of my involvement with the NCLR and my charity work, I really wanted a better, more authentic understanding of what my community has gone through so I can help create change,” she said.
“I’ve never met a more conscientious and socially aware young, energetic talent,” Hollywood Reporter publisher Eric Mika said. “Eva’s efforts on behalf of the causes near and dear to her are Herculean. She pours her free time and energy into raising millions of dollars for charitable missions that make a difference in the Latino community and other humanitarian organizations.”
Pitched as “Family Guy for women,” Longoria currently stars on Mother Up, a Canadian animated series which streams on Hulu.
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