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.
“Acting is not instant magic. There’s hard work behind each scene that allows the magic to appear,” admits model turned actress Stephanie Sigman.
Born in Ciudad de Obregón, Sonora, Mexico, Sigman began her career at the age of 16 as a model only then to transition to secondary roles in film and television series such as Cambio de Vida and Los Minodo. Her breakout moment arrived when she was chosen as the lead in the drama Miss Bala. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011 to positive reviews. It followed the story of an aspiring Mexican beauty queen who upon witnessing drug and gang-related murders was held hostage by the cartel to transport drug money across the U.S. border.
Stephanie Sigman made history becoming the first Mexican Bond girl for the upcoming 007 film, Spectre. The actress plays a mysterious woman named Estrella who gets to rub shoulders with Mr. 007 himself, Daniel Craig, while he makes a stop in Mexico City.
Now as her career continues to bud momentum, and after launching a global Belvedere campaign for the feature, I had the opportunity to speak with Sigman for Variety Latino about how it was working alongside Craig, her favorite memories from filming and how important it was for her to show her native country on the big screen.
“It’s an honor to be a part of this and I think it’s a dream for a lot of girls out there [to be a Bond girl], and a lot of actresses’ dreams too,” stated the Narcos actress about her grand triumph. “I’m living the dream. It feels amazing.”