Back in the summer of 2004, you probably didn't know who Eva Longoria was. Eight years later you probably do. Her rise to fame is thanks in no small part to successful ABC primetime soap "Desperate Housewives," in which she played philandering former model Gabrielle Solis, one of a gaggle of over-the-top women living in an idyllic suburban neighborhood. The show may have ended in May, but, according to a new interview in Lucky magazine, Longoria has been parlaying the fame it gave her into bigger and better things.
The 37-year-old is currently working on her master's degree in Chicano studies, is starring in three upcoming feature films, is an executive producer on both a new Lifetime soap and NBC dating show, has been trying to get President Obama reelected by focusing on swing states, and studies the Constitution in her spare time.
"I think it's important that people who are politically active understand the other side as well," she says in the August issue of Lucky. "I just read the Ronald Reagan biography. When you're fighting for social justice, one of my biggest pet peeves is speaking out of ignorance."
The Texas-born beauty also gets to take advantage of the fun and glamorous parts of politics, attending events like the White House Correspondents dinner. If she makes it to the Inaugural Ball next year (that would be if Obama wins, of course), Longoria knows the kind of dresses she won't be wearing — the Gucci frock she donned for the Lucky shoot, for instance. "The back is too sheer for the White House. I'd never wear this," she exclaims.
Longoria would however, turn to her pal, Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham for White-house worthy wear, and reveals that since she and Posh are the same size, she can just pick something out from her pal's own closet. The two are so close, in fact, that Victoria and her husband David made her godmother to their daughter Harper, born last spring.
"Victoria is so funny!" Longoria says of her friend. "And I have such appreciation for her style."
As for Longoria's own style, she's never not put together, it seems, even when she's donning her "uniform of jeans and tanks and blazers." But when it comes to shoes, the 5'2" star prefers a little height … and not for the reason you might think.
"I was born in platform heels," she says. "I actually always fall down when I'm wearing flip-flops."
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