Eva Longoria: You Don't Have to Be Famous to Make a Difference

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Eva Longoria talks politics and feminism on the cover of L.A. Magazine.

Sep 4, 2014 | 02:16 PM

Eva Longoria—former beauty queen, actress, cookbook author, activist—is on the September cover of Los Angeles magazine, not only looking gorgeous, but also talking about some very important issues she is tackling.

As Gabrielle Solis in "Desperate Housewives" for eight years, Eva's character was more inclined to talk fashion and beauty than current issues, but in real life, the actress has long been a champion for Latin culture, feminism, and education.

In the interview, Eva discusses her passion for politics, which she has been involved in for some time. In high school, she volunteered on the campaign for Bill Clinton in 1992, and in 2012, she served as the Nation co-chair of Obama’s reelection campaign. As the face of many different causes, Eva has made it her primary mission to raise the profile of Latinos in America. To better understand the culture she is dedicated to, Eva received a Master’s in Political Science and Chicano Studies in 2013.

Yet, the actress has always struggled to be taken seriously, saying, "One of the hardest things in my life has been proving that I was smart." When an actress is politically involved, the public tends to second-guess their motives, she explains. But Eva argues that there is a common misconception about celebrities and activism. "A big misconception... is that you have to be rich and famous to make a difference… I think people are misled to believe only politicians can be political. It’s not the case. You can be political. Anybody can."

The star continues to support her charity Eva’s Heroes, which helps developmentally disabled children and was inspired by her sister with special needs. She has also recently set up The Eva Longoria Fondation to help Latino girls get a better education. This month, she stars in "Frontera," a drama about tensions on the Mexican border. She will also guest star on this season's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." 

At this point, anything is possible for Ms. Longoria. 

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