Eva Longoria was honored at the inaugural Variety Latino’s “10 Latinos to Watch” ceremony, presented by Hennessy, held Tuesday night at Avalon in Hollywood.
The star-studded event recognized Longoria with the Visionary Award presented by Lifetime for her groundbreaking work in the entertainment industry and continuous contributions to the Hispanic community.
This year Variety Latino recognized promising Hispanic talent who are making waves in hit TV shows like “Narcos,” Netflix’s “Orange Is The New Black”, Fox’s “Scream Queens” and ABC’s “How To Get Away With Murder.” The honorees included Stephanie Sigman, Karla Souza, Luis Gerardo Méndez, Maite Perroni, Lorenza Izzo, Diane Guerrero, Miguel Gómez, Diego Boneta, Raúl Castillo and Natalie Martinez.
Celebrities in attendance included Amaury Nolasco, Jencarlos Canela and the rest of the cast of Longoria’s new NBC series “Hot & Bothered,” current “Dancing With The Stars” contestants Carlos Pena Vega and Alexa Pena Vega and director Eli Roth.
She’s an unstoppable force in Hollywood. Eva Longoria has done it all. The 40-year-old can proudly call herself a producer, writer, actor, director, entrepreneur, philanthropist and activist. She attributes her success to the strong women in her family. “I grew up with a family of strong women. My role models where my mom, my aunts and my sisters. I get so much creativity from their lives. I see their struggles, I see their obstacles and I see their victories and that’s inspiring to me,” said Longoria to Variety Latino.
She’s currently shooting “Telenovela,” a comedy series for NBC that she’ll be directing, producing and starring. The predominantly Latino cast will take audiences behind-the-scenes of the making of a telenovela. “At first I was only involved in the production side but when I read the character description of the protagonist, Ana Sofía, I knew I wanted to play her,” admits Longoria. “I thought the script was hilarious and something I had never read before.”