Eva Longoria is an American actress, producer, director, model, and businesswoman. Longoria first got her big break back in 2001 on the soap opera The Young and the Restless but is most recognized for her role as Gabrielle Solia on the TV series Desperate Housewives.
For her role on Housewives Longoria received a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. Since breaking into the entertainment industry, Longoria’s claim to fame has risen tremendously. She’s starred in a variety of feature films as well as acted in small television shows. She’s appeared in several ad campaigns for multiple companies and has been named one of Hollywood’s most beautiful women by several publications on different occasions. She currently holds modeling contracts with L’Oréal, Hanes, and New York & Co as well as working on various other business ventures.
Eva Longoria Estimated Net Worth as of 2018: $35 Million
Longoria has been climbing the ladder to success for nearly 20 years. Let’s take a look at how Longoria obtained her wealth and A-List status in Hollywood.
Eva Jacqueline Longoria Bastón was born on March 15, 1975, in Corpus Christi, Texas. She is the youngest of four daughters to her parents, Ella Eva and Enrique Longoria Jr. While in high school, Longoria worked at a local Wendy’s part-time for three years.
Longoria attended Texas A&M University-Kingsville where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology. While she was attending school Longoria participated in and won the title of Miss Corpus Christi USA in 1998.
After college Longoria entered a talent contest that led her to L.A. where she was subsequently spotted and signed by a theater agent. While Longoria auditioned for roles, she worked as a headhunter for four years.
1999 – 2002
Longoria landed her first role in 1999 after she met executive producer Gary Ghiaey. Longoria guest-starred on an episode of Beverly Hills 90210 before landing another guest appearance that same year on the daytime soap opera, General Hospital. By the end of 1999, Longoria landed her first big break on the daytime soap, The Young and the Restless where she would wind up portraying Isabella Braña from 2001 to 2003.
After leaving the soap where she got her first big break, Longoria appeared in the Dick Wolf revival of Dragnet. After Dragnet, she starred in Señorita Justice, a direct-to-video film and a television movie, The Dead Will Tell.
In 2002 Longoria married fellow actor Tyler Christopher who starred in General Hospital. The couple was married from 2002 to 2004.
2003 – 2007
In 2003 Longoria landed the role that would catapult her into Hollywood when she cast as Gabrielle Solis in the ABC show Desperate Housewives. Shortly after her Desperate Housewives debut, Longoria starred in another direct-to-video film Carlita’s Secret, where she also acted as co-producer.
In 2006, Longoria was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series in a Musical or Comedy. Longoria was also awarded the ALMA Award and named Entertainer of the Year. She also starred in 2006 thriller The Sentinel, her first major role in a theatrical feature film. In 2006, she played the character Sylvia in Harsh Times.
In January of 2007, Longoria was chosen to be the first face of Bebe Sport and appeared in the Spring/Summer 2007 campaign.
As for her personal life, Longoria met NBA point guard Tony Parker in November of 2004. After two years of dating the couple became engaged in November of 2006. They were married in a civil service ceremony in July of 2007 at a Paris city hall. They had a full-blown wedding one day later at the Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois Church in Paris.
2008 – 2012
In March of 2008, Longoria ventured out into the food business and opened the restaurant Beso in Hollywood. One year later Longoria opened a Beso restaurant with a nightclub called Eve directly above it in Las Vegas.
After basing her earnings from 2009 to 2010, Longoria was ranked No. 4 on Forbes’ 10 Top-Earning Women with an estimated total of $12 million. In 2011 Longoria also topped the Forbes magazine’s list of the highest-paid TV actresses with a salary of $12 million.
In 2010, Longoria served as a judge on The Next Food Network Star and hosted the MTV Europe Music Awards.
On November 17, 2010, after just three years of marriage, Longoria filed for divorce from her husband Tony Parker citing “irreconcilable differences.”
In 2011, Beso Las Vegas filed for Chapter 11 protection and entered bankruptcy proceedings to restructure more than $5.7 million in debt and other liabilities.
A few months later Longoria released her first book, Eva’s Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends.
2013 – Present
After three years of study, Longoria earned her master’s degree in Chicano Studies from California State University, Northridge in 2013. Careerwise she served as one of the executive producers of Devious Maids and directed the season two premiere, “An Ideal Husband.”
In 2015, Longoria starred in an NBC comedy series playing a popular telenovela actress. The show only lasted one season. In December of 2015, Longoria became engaged her businessman boyfriend, Jose Antonio Bastón. The couple married in Mexico just six months later in May of 2016.
In 2016, she starred in the fourth season, of Devious Maids in the episode “Once More Unto the Bleach” and acted an executive producer of the documentaries The Harvest and Food Chains. In 2017, Longoria directed the season three finale of Black-ish.
In March 2017, Longoria launched her clothing line website at evalongoria.com In late December Longoria announced that she was pregnant with her first child with hubby Baston and that couple will be expecting a baby boy in 2018.