Suburbia will never look the same after Desperate Housewives airs its final episode this Sunday at 8 pm (EST) on ABC. Throughout the past eight years, we have watched the women on Wisteria Lane commit sins and hide secrets that left us coming back for more season after season. Eva Longoria definitely fueled our addiction. Watching the beautiful model-turned-housewife adjusting to life in the neighborhood was always beyond entertaining!
We are celebrating Longoria’s final performance of her captivating character Gabrielle Solis by taking a look at all of her Latina magazine covers. Enjoy!
Longoria, who made our list of mujeres (women) of the year issue, had just hit the scene as the seductive and charming Gabrielle Solis on the ABC drama Desperate Housewives in 2004. Just seven years later, the 37-year-old star was named the highest-paid TV actress, according to Forbes. Longoria tied with 30 Rock comedian, Tina Fey, for first place with a record breaking $13 million per episode. Now that’s something to be proud about!
The multi-dimensional star dished about love and her new gig as host of the 2007 ALMA Awards for our summer issue. The year before, Longoria was honored with the Alma Award for Person of the Year for her foundation Eva's Heroes, which helps developmentally disabled children, and her dedication for fighting cancer as the spokeswoman for the organization PADRES Contra el Cancer.
Longoria shined in Latina’s fall issue modeling a tight purple dress paired with hoop earrings and luscious waves. In the issue, the activist and producer talks about being a dedicated wife to then-husband Tony Parker. “I’m a 1950’s housewife. I love baking. I love sewing. Being home with Tony. My mother was like that. Always took care of her husband. I always admired that and wanted to do that,” she said.
The Hollywood power player looked gorgeous (look at that hair!) in Latina’s food and entertaining special issue. Longoria, who was still married to Tony Parker at the time, talked about her passion for philanthropy and cooking.
She was celebrating the opening of her restaurant Beso in Las Vegas and staying inspired in the kitchen at home. "I actually enjoy running around doing all of the shopping, preparing the food and all of that stuff. People get so stressed around the holidays, and I’m the exact opposite,” she shared.
Eva Longoria was among the 15 most successful Latinas featured in our 15th anniversary issue, which also included legendary stars like Shakira, Gloria Estefan, Salma Hayek, and more.
In the cover story, the Desperate Housewives star shares the values and work ethic she was taught growing up, “I was raised by independent, educated, strong women,” says Longoria. “My mom has seven sisters and I have three. People always tell me, ‘You work so much,’ but the women in my family worked 10 times as hard, so I’m not working hard enough, ever. I want to work hard now so I can relax later,” she said.