'Desperate Housewives' Star Eva Longoria Scoffs at the Notion Hollywood Should Avoid Politics

Eva Longoria Desperate Housewives Finale Party - P 2012
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Eva Longoria Desperate Housewives Finale Party - P 2012

The actress and producer speaks to THR about her political work and upcoming television projects.

Just hours after landing in Los Angeles after attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday, actress and producer Eva Longoria arrived for ABC’s Desperate Housewives wrap party on Sunday at Hollywood's The W Hotel.

“It was amazing,” Longoria tells The Hollywood Reporter of the DC event. “It was so funny. It’s amazing that that airs live. Everybody punches low, you know? But, it was fun.”

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As co-chair for the Barack Obama re-election campaign, Longoria recently expressed in an opinion piece for THR’s Hollywood & Politics issue that she intends to spend her free time campaigning for what she calls “the most important election in my lifetime.”

“The political dialogue that we’re talking, it’s like we’re talking about a different era, especially with women and in regards to women’s rights,” she explains. “So when the election comes, it’s going to be a pretty clear choice if you’re a woman, if you’re Latino – it’s going to be very clear who’s on your side.”

Longoria lists several political issues, which are going in a direction that troubles her and help to drive her politically such as the possibility that the Supreme Court will uphold Arizona’s 2010 Immigration law, SB70; the Department of Labor’s lack of support for the CARE Act, which would ban child labor on corporate farms; and possible vice presidential contender, Senator Marco Rubio from Florida, has caught her critical eye.

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“Marco Rubio has been coming up with some silly stuff that we really have to sort through,” she says. “So, I’m a political news junkie and all of that is discouraging. That’s why it’s doubly important to me to make sure that the person who best represents America and reflects my values is elected. That’s Obama.”

While the the combination of celebrities and politics isn’t a new trend for U.S. elections, there are some who believe that Hollywood figures with their wide-reaching influence should stay out of the political system. Clearly, Longoria doesn’t agree with the notion.

“Why, because we’re not American?” she says of the critique. “I always scoff at that, because I’m an American first and foremost and I’m very civically engaged. And everybody should be responsible Americans and should be understanding the issues and educating themselves on what’s happening in our country – the greatest country in the world,” she continues. “So, I just happen to be one of those people. I just so happen to have a voice and a platform to be able to share my opinion.”

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Aside from her political work and with Desperate Housewives’ final season wrapped, Longoria has begun to focus on working behind the camera as a producer on NBC’s upcoming dating series, Ready for Love, and co-producing with Housewives creator Marc Cherry on the soapy drama pilot, Devious Maids, for ABC. She has also placed a legal drama with The CW.

“I’m a control freak, so I’d much rather have more participation in the outcome of the product than as an actor,” she says. “As an actor, you get in front of the camera and say your lines and hope the part comes out well. As a producer, you really get to control that.”

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