Eva Longoria Urges More Women To Become Producers & Directors

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Eva Longoria, you know her from her legendary role as Gabrielle Solis on ABC’s Desperate Housewives, and her marriage to NBA superstar Tony Parker. But that’s not where it ends for this Latina. She has got to be one of the busiest women in Hollywood, running a restaurant, Beso, on the side, and is now transitioning into a a very powerful player behind the scenes.

She premiered her directorial debut, a short film titled ‘Out of the Blue’ on October 24th at Ron Howard and Canon’s ‘Project Imaginat10n’. Her film is all about “a tough sexy woman fighting her way through a series of unique physical challenges to stop a mad man.”

Not only did Eva direct the film but starred in it also, proving no task is too hard for her. And yes, she did a whole bunch of badass stunts too.

“Ron told me, ‘Wow you have a very ambitious film. You have stunts, things blowing up, wires, and a stunt team.’ It was a lot, but I was not at all intimidated by the amount of work,” she told The Daily News.

Other celebrity directors included actor Jamie Foxx, fashion designer Georgina Chapman and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy. The contest, masterminded by Ron Howard, asked people to submit their photos, and the 5 celebrity directors in total each picked 10 photos which were the template and story board for their films. The idea was to show that anyone can be creative and push the boundaries by challenging themselves.

Having a woman like Eva Longoria involved went a long way to inspiring many of her female fans. She is an executive producer on Lifetime’s Devious Maids which premiered in June 2013. It is an all-Latina cast, but hasn’t always had the best reception from the public right from the start.

A lot of people in the Latina community are angry that it is too typecast, and not paying the right respect to Latina women in the real world. They argue it is setting back the Hispanic population in prime time television. But Longoria isn’t backing down anytime soon.

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“It ended up being the best press we could ever have,” she said. “You can’t judge a book by its cover. We have four amazing Latina actresses and characters that are not defined by what they do but by who they are.”

The cast includes Ana Ortiz from Ugly Betty, and Roselyn Sanchez, both extremely well-known Hispanic actresses.

“I was in a battle with some people, and it ended up turning out to be amazing,” Longoria said. “I got apology after apology because people watched the show and they would say, ‘Oh my God, you’re right. These women are the moral compass of the show.'”

Turns out not everyone hated what they were seeing because by the end of the season their ratings had doubled, and they are already set to premiere season 2 in 2014. Along with the show, Eva Longoria hopes to spread an even more important message to especially women in the industry.

“I’m going to be directing the season premiere in January, and I’m so proud of this groundbreaking show that is the first all-Latina cast in the history of television,” she added. “If [women] don’t get behind the camera as producers and directors, our stories will never truly be told.”

If you are a woman reading this and don’t like how Eva is portraying women then perhaps you should take up her challenge and showcase your talents. It’s the same with politics: we can keep complaining about what others aren’t doing. If we are truly passionate about something then we can’t wait for someone else to take up the cause. It is up to us. Don’t be afraid of a challenge, use it as an opportunity to learn and grow.

Well done Eva for urging more women to get involved behind the scenes. Director Diablo Cody has echoed the same sentiment many times and we need to take these messages seriously. As women we have plenty of opportunities to show our power, our passion and skills, the only one holding us back is ourselves.

Eva Longoria is no desperate housewife that’s for sure! Take a look at the behind the scenes of Eva directing and practicing her stunt scenes with her co-stars.

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