Eva Longoria: ‘I think I’m a great example’ of an ‘amazing, complex woman’

Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria covers the April issue of Hong Kong’s Prestige magazine. This magazine loves her and just used her as a cover girl last year. We haven’t heard much from Eva since she announced a new rich boyfriend (possibly) in the hopes of making George Clooney jealous (he’s not listening). Maxim named her “most sexy” a few months ago. Eva appreciates that title, but she wants us all to know how amazing and well-rounded she is as a woman. She’s every woman. It’s all in her. Eva raves about her four amazing movies and her wonderful production company. These excerpts are so self-aggrandizing but kind of funny too:

She is not only sexy but so amazing: “I never thought of myself as a sex symbol. I just do the cover of magazines. I think it’s really unfair men or people in the world think you can’t be both-you can’t be a sex symbol and a serious businessperson. Who says I can’t be both? Who says I can’t do the cover of Maxim and run a production company? Women are complex. Women are beautiful and intellectual and spiritual and social and entrepreneurial. They’re everything. And I think I’m a great example of that.”

Her master’s degree? Also amazing: “That is finally over. I got my degree last May. I completed it in three years, which is an amazing feat – an amazing accomplishment for me! I had always wanted to go back and get my master’s degree. And the fact that I did it while I was on a hit show and running around the world…I look back and go, ‘What was I thinking?’ When I started it, I didn’t think it through or I probably wouldn’t have done it. Everyone finds reasons not to go back to school. Once I founded my foundation about pursuing higher education, I wanted to be the example of no matter what, you can always go back to school. No matter how old, no matter how busy. I’m such an academic person anyway. I’m super curious about the world, I love learning new things, so it kind of fit in with my personality.”

How does she do it? “You have more time than you think. Everyone thinks, ‘I don’t have enough time.’ There’s a lot of wasted time in your day that you don’t realise. I’ve always utilised my time in the car, I’ve always utilised plane rides to catch up on my reading and return emails. I’ve always taken advantage of every single hour of the 24-hour day. I always mix business and pleasure. I went to Paris to shoot for L’Oreal, but of course while I was there I wanted to go to the Louvre. And I was in Mexico at a conference but while I was there I found time to go to the beach. I love cooking. I just flew in yesterday from Mexico City. I ran to two meetings and a conference call in the car – and another conference call while I was grocery shopping – so that I could relax and cook dinner for my family and friends. That to me is just so relaxing.”

She even takes time to tweet! “I obviously don’t answer every tweet. But I tweet, I do it all. It’s a very interesting process. Actually, the airplane pillow that Brookstone used to make – my favourite airplane pillow – I tweeted Brookstone and I said, ‘Pleeeeeease make this pillow again!’ And they reached out to me. That’s how many people retweeted my tweet to Brookstone and they reached out to me and said, ‘We’d love to make it again.’ [laughs] It’s definitely an effective tool to get messages out, specifically with my philanthropy and my activism.”

[From Prestige Hong Kong]

I read that Eva’s master’s degree is in Chicano studies. Good for her for going back to school, but the way she talks about it is so James Franco. Eva also tries very hard to sound very smart with her vocabulary. I get accused of that sometimes. My problem is that I fall into wordy, nonsensical rants when I get sleepy. It is a problem, and I try to watch it (coffee helps so much). Yet Eva fully means to say stuff like “founded my foundation” and “I’ve always utilised my time in the car, I’ve always utilised plane rides to catch up on my reading and return emails.” Never say “utilized.” That makes you sound like a tool. Always say “used” instead.

Eva Longoria

Photos courtesy of Prestige Hong Kong

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  1. hunaww says:

    You are the only one that thinks that,Eva.

    • QQ says:

      Basically…her and whatever youth she is boinking at the moment….. And guys who are into petite vaguely mice-like feature ladies

    • MrsB says:

      +1. I was laughing at loud at some parts of that interview, I doubt that was her intent.

      Also, I’d like to introduce her to a few women I go to school with who are single mothers, raising a family AND working full time while going to school full time. Now that is something amazing and I don’t know how they do it. Getting your masters (online?) while you have plenty of money and on a tv show…respectable but not that special.

      • IzzyB says:

        I was going to say something similar. There are people scrimping and saving to finish degrees whilst raising kids and not having full time child care. That’s crazy tough.

      • emmie_a says:

        Yes her Master’s is an accomplishment – but I’d say in her case, having fame and a nice fortune really helps her out and makes her life waay easier. It’s easier to accomplish bigger things when you have your people (assistants, etc) doing all the little things.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        Yeah–my mom is going to school full time while working, and so I’m the one who cooks dinner now.

        Good Lord–I never knew how tired my mom was, until then. Keep in mind, all I’m doing is cooking, going to school, and doing my regular chore (like cleaning the kitchen or the bathroom)–that’s it.

        The first day that I stood in the kitchen from about 5 pm to 10:30 pm (cooking and then it was my turn to clean the kitchen), I went to bed and woke up feeling like I had ran a freaking marathon. My neck, arms, back and thighs were SORE and all I wanted to do was sleep.

    • Kiddo says:

      +1

      She utilizes the paps and entertainment shows for exposure. She over-utilizes talking about herself. She makes me need to utilize the toilet for expulsion of breakfast.

    • kco says:

      Eva is the person who walks into a room or a party, and exits, so that she can walk back into a room again, while looking around for someone to notice her. She lives in such an air of self-importance, its really a strange thing to sit back and watch, I’ve never seen anything like it, its quite comical I have witnesses this from her FOUR different times.

    • kimber says:

      Ya she is!

      I laughed so loud people looked over when I read that!!!

    • cowbulls says:

      This little rat fink belongs on the end of a pencil with an eraser up her bum. Eva is the most over rated woman in Hollywood. Flat chested, bulging stomach and short legs does NOT make for a sexy woman. I just don’t see the attraction.

  2. Ugh..I know the word is often over-used around here but can I just say: INSUFFERABLE?
    Thank you.

    She is so insanely airbrushed in the first shot..second pic she looks rather…mannish.

    But mostly, she just annoys the sh*t out of me like no other.

  3. raindrop says:

    Well … good for her. There don’t seem to be many celebrities with degrees, much less graduate degrees. That’s one of the few polite comments I can think of, so I’ll just stop there.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      You are very sweet.

    • NKN says:

      I totally agree. Sure, she sounds somewhat self-important, but there are many celebs who never finished high school or got a GED years after they should have graduated from high school. The fact that she is rich and famous and decided to pursue higher education anyway says a lot to me and makes her more of a role model than many. In another interview she said that most of the folks in her immediate family also have master’s degrees, so her relatives were her inspiration. I think highly of her and her life does sound like a whirlwind even if she does have assistants, etc. I think her decision to pursue higher education also counters the pervasive, negative stereotypes about Latinas in the media–that they’re sexy but not particularly intelligent.

      • Willow says:

        @NKN, thank you for recognizing the importance of her achieving a Master’s Degree. She did not have to take on this extra project; and, still she saw value in the venture. Once our society starts undermining education, especially for women, we down-grade the value of knowledge. Kudo to Ms. Longoria for her educational choice and accomplishment.

  4. blue marie says:

    I like her for the most part, but I think she perfected the art of kissing her own ass. “It’s amazing, you don’t realize how bend-y you have to be to get in there and kiss both cheeks”

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Lol, she forgot to add flexible to her list of compliments to herself. I generally like her, too. I guess I haven’t read that many interviews. I do think she usually looks very nice, but this interview made me throw up a little.

      • delia says:

        Ha! I, too, feel cheated by her failure to explicitly state that she is
        FLEXIBLE. She was so close. She was so detailed and specific about a schedule that screams FLEXIBILITY. Sadly, however, she got caught up in complimenting herself on every other conceivable thing in the universe and forgot the FLEXIBLE. Perhaps an online tutorial in TIME MANAGEMENT SKILLS would prevent this from happening in the future.

      • blue marie says:

        ha, there’s the word I was looking for.. flexible

    • j.eyre says:

      I am with you Blue. I do like that a successful actor went back and continued her education. I would like to hear more actors talk about education so taking the advice of my mother about not having anything nice to say about the interview, I shall not say anything at all.

      But her hair is gorgeous.

  5. Dani2 says:

    She peaked around four years ago. That must be a hard truth to accept for a star.

    • vic says:

      Hard for anyone in their chosen field but to lose adoration of millions and making millions must be tough. Still she does have enough to live well so she’s got that.

  6. Ag says:

    Up your own butt much, Eva?

  7. booboolarue says:

    ? what?

  8. Potato_Chip says:

    ‘Eye roll’.

  9. C says:

    An MA only takes 2 years…

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I was thinking the same. Not sure what she thinks is so amazing…

    • Ag says:

      Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. Or one year. Did she confuse a BA with a MA?

    • GeeMoney says:

      Uh, she had a full time job, so perhaps she went part time… like a lot of people.

      • lucy says:

        Yeah,…like a lot of other “amazing” people do? ;-)

        Sure, Eva, I guess getting a masters degree is “amazing” compared to not getting one? Compared to being complacent and coasting through life?

        She’s a soap actress with a cosmetic contract. And?

      • lucy says:

        @GM, to clarify, I took your comment to be sarcastic, meaning “Yeah Eva, you and so many other ordinary folks got your degrees while also working other jobs. So get off your self-made pedestal, Eva, and acknowledge that there are LOTS of just-as-amazing people out there doing it, too. Stop grabbing for attention.”

        I don’t know the # of actors who have higher ed, and props to those who do, but Eva going on about herself is a turn-off, especially that she’s bragging about having done something that millions of people do. In other words, a degree is a fine pursuit, but it’s not so special and amazing.

    • idk says:

      I did mine in one year. Full-time, no time off, 4 full semesters in a row. It was tough. I also worked 20 hours a week on top of that. I attended every class, no on-line courses.

      I’m pretty sure Eva went part-time. I know she actually attended classes though and didn’t do it through correspondence. She had to do the classes around her filming schedule, so that’s probably why it took her longer.

      • Hiddles forever says:

        Kudos to you! I am doing mine parttime and it is a daily struggle with family and the rest!

        Yep, Eva thinks she is the only one who went back to school….

      • idk says:

        Yes, it is a daily struggle, whether you do it full-time or part-time. What’s hardest is trying to balance family life with school. Some people just don’t understand how demanding a Master’s degree is. But trust me, it’s so worth it when you finally have that degree in your hands.

  10. toto says:

    If i was the interviewer i would leave the recorder on and go eat some ice cream before turning to dragon and burn the hell out of the chair she is sitting on.

  11. YummyMummy says:

    She look Kardashian-like, not a complement.

  12. Nicolette says:

    Right. You’re so complex that ever since your show ended, the only mention of you is about what boy toy you’re dating.

    • idk says:

      She produces a lot. She has a new animated show out now that she produces and does the voice of the main character. It’s called “Mother Up!” and I think it’s pretty good. Not sure it’s getting the ratings though as not too many have heard of it. Her dating choices are questionable, but it’s not enough for me to hate her.

  13. TG says:

    This is Shailene in 20 years.

    • ladybug says:

      ^1000! I’m sorry, but this chick, just like Shailene, is insufferable. Seriously. Please shut up. Does she even realize how self-aggrandizing and ridiculous she sounds?

  14. dorothy says:

    Housewife has been. Superstar? No.

  15. Tiffany says:

    I never had a problem with her. She wears her heart on her sleeve, sure, but she has never been known to be vindictive, and works to positively impact her community. She might not be at the height of her Housewives days but she is doing something productive with her time now.

    • MSMLNP says:

      I’m with you. I don’t understand the hate. I’m from San Antonio, she has a presence in the community here with her charity work, and people I know who have interacted with her say she’s actually pretty friendly.
      And I don’t disagree with anything she said in the interview either.

      • TWINK says:

        Same here, and I don’t have a problem with bragging about what you achieved, it’s the people who haven’t achieved anything who make derogatory comments.

  16. Kelly says:

    I just threw up in my mouth.

  17. InVain says:

    In a take it or leave it scenario…..I would leave it.

  18. Nima1 says:

    Delusional, self absorbed and yes, insufferable! All wrapped up into one pathetic moron.

  19. davidbowie says:

    Bless her insufferable heart

  20. Jenns says:

    This is funny coming from someone who can’t be single for 5 seconds.

  21. Pixie girl says:

    Is it me or is she the most boring person ever?

  22. GeeMoney says:

    I think there is a lot of judgement out there for women who are really beautiful to talk about how smart and successful they are. It’s almost like it’s a crime for a woman to have all of those things going for them b/c talking about it makes you sound shallow and self-absorbed… if a lesser attractive woman went on and on about being smart and successful, no one would call her that. Think about it. But the second someone who looks like Eva says it, she’s got her head up her ass.

    Eva Longoria has a bachelors degree in Kinesiology, which is not an easy degree to get, so she probably is smart. And she just so happens to be ridiculously good looking on top of it. And she’s rich. Lucky her. I’m not going to crap on her for that. Some people are just more fortunate than others to have all of those things going for them. It is what it is.

    And I really hate it when people call actors who may not be working now but have had success in the past “has-beens”… what cheap way to rip on someone who’s probably made more money doing less work than you will do in your lifetime. Wisecracks like that just reek of sheer jealousy.

    PS – Master’s degrees, regardless of your circumstances, are hard to get (the effort a person puts into that degree alone is brutal). Period. She gets props for getting one, especially since she really didn’t NEED it.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I don’t know. You make a lot of good points about her accomplishments, but I don’t think people are putting her down for that, or for being beautiful. Speaking only for myself, I find it off putting when anyone, male or female, attractive or unattractive, brags. It’s just unattractive. Add to that the fact that she’s wealthy, and lecturing on how to use your spare time while you’re being driven somewhere in a limo to be as amazing as she is, and it just sort of irritates me. I actually find her looks to be one of the positive things about her. I’m not saying she is a horrible person, just maybe not completely aware of how she’s coming across. I think we need less bragging in our society, not more, and I think you can have high self- esteem without being conceited.

      • GeeMoney says:

        I can see what you are saying here… and I guess you can take her comments one of two ways. Some people may have taken them has her being a braggert, but I took them as her being proud of what she’s accomplished in the last few years or so. She’s pushing 40, an age that is a milestone (generally speaking) and a curse, especially for women in Hollywood, so perhaps she’s taking time out to reflect on herself a bit.

        But I do think that people give her a hard time with saying positive things about herself, mostly because on the outside it appears she has it all. But just because you have so much, should you not be allowed to vocalize how hard you worked for it and how happy it makes you?

      • I applaud her for her accomplishments, but I’m with Goodnames–I just find boastfulness distasteful.

        I know a lot of people who have accomplished a hell of a lot (more than Miss Longoria) and they don’t feel the need to pat themselves on the back for it. I just appreciate humility, that’s all. It’s a rarity today in the Age of Selfies and Social Media-Bragging.

    • Seán says:

      Agree with you all the way!

    • Hiddles forever says:

      I am with GoodNamesAllTaken here. Props to her for being beautiful, smart and have a charity foundation, however it is annoying to hear people bragging about their achievements (academics or not, it doesn’t matter).

  23. lucy says:

    Wow, she went to a museum while in Paris and the beach while in Mexico?
    How DOES she do it all?
    SO AMAZING!

    She sets the bar so low.

    That said, I recall some years ago that she really is an activist and philanthropist on behalf of her sister – actually meaningful pursuits. Too bad Eva keeps the alleged “intellectual” and “entrepreneurial” parts of herself obscured by all that AMAZING humility and busy-ness, and poor choice of words. Amazing!

    I guess it’s not hard to feel amazing and complex when the bar is set so seriously low. By Longoria’s standards, I am about to be awarded a Nobel AND the Pulitzer because I’m AWESOME! Awesome, I tell you. I tell you, and so it is true.

    I think Longoria is a great example of someone who regularly wears ugly gaudy raccoon eye makeup and has a disturbingly glaring deficit of lip color and a not-pretty hairstyle, which, all told, make her look like a lost Kardashian sister. Dread!

  24. Jalouse says:

    Puleeze. She wasn’t raised speaking Spanish. She learned Spanish and went to college for Latin American studies purely to tap into the huge and growing Latino media/business market in this country. She’s a businesswoman and media-w—— first and foremost. It’s all about power and money. But, hey, that’s America!

  25. lucy says:

    For a real example of “amazing” and “complex”, look up Hedy Lamarr. When Eva gets anywhere near that league, let’s talk.

  26. Anoninga says:

    Eh. I just wrapped up my Masters from the same University System that Eva attended. My program was 3.5 years and I worked full time during it. The only way to be on that type of schedule is to make it your whole life. So, I get why she says certain things the way she does Maybe that’s just who she is, but maybe she’s still adjusting to a life outside of academics.

  27. Happy21 says:

    She is sooo insufferable and always have been.

    I remember reading one interview with her back in the Desperate Housewives heydey and she made some comment about how the on-set make up artists were always in awe of her skin and how little make up they needed to use on her as compared to the other actresses. It sounded so very arrogant and bitchy AND if I was any of her co-stars I would have been furious. Ever since then I just can’t with her.

    • TWINK says:

      She was always the hottest housewife by a long shot, that’s why her character was a model.

      • mayamae says:

        The story goes that after the scene in which Bree drops the coat and is wearing a little bikini, the men on the set started calling Marcia Cross “The Body”. I always thought she was the most beautiful by far.

  28. Ginger says:

    BFD…she should be proud of her accomplishments but come on…this comes off as just a bit arrogant. I can outpace her in every facet of what’s she’s saying but I’m not running around bragging about it. I find that insufferable in both men and women. I like to use “big words” too Bedhead! Lol! As for doing everything at once well she can afford to hire help and I had no hired help. My family did support me a lot however. I think it’s important to stress that it’s ok to have help. I think as Women we feel more pressure to do it all alone.

  29. lisa2 says:

    She is doing a lot of things. I know she is directing and Producing. But that interview is “since no one else is tooting my horn I’m going to do it in spades”

    Women that are successful don’t give interviews like this. They just don’t talk that way.

  30. lucy says:

    In 2014 it should not need to be stated that women are multi-faceted and capable. Of COURSE we are! And we demonstrate it by our actions.

    Have “reality” shows and their shallow “celebrities” actually reversed the societal progress of the past 40 years that we now need to proclaim that women are not superficial one-dimensional unproductive passive mindless objectified dolts? If so, thanks, Ryan Seacrest and MTV. Oy.

    Women of substance don’t need to take out billboards and skywrite to tell the world about it for validation. We demonstrate, we lead by example. Eva doth protest too much.

    I know a lot of celebrities are insecure beyond reason, and that is a shame they feel need for so much external validation. Eva sounds desperate for validation and would be more palatable if she tried humility and gratitude. A bit of gratitude goes a long way and benefits the giver and the receiver(s). Eva’s just grabbing for applause.

  31. roxy750 says:

    major puke

  32. Leslie says:

    Did she have some work done on her face.?”She’s starting to look like the very Botoxed Kim Kardashian.

    • Macey says:

      I thought it was KK when I saw the header pic. Looks like she may be using some fillers in her cheeks to fill out her cheek bones, plus botox and those hideous fake lashes.

      I wish someone in Hollweird would teach these celebs some new adjectives other than “Amazing”, seems like everything and everyone is just…amazing…. most over used work in HW.

    • idk says:

      Both those pics are photoshopped by the magazine. They make people look like damn cartoons, ridiculous.

  33. Kate says:

    Whenever I see her, all I can think of is how she referred to women and/or minorities who may not have wanted to vote for a certain Democratic Candidate in the last election “stupid”. I find her to be intolerant and annoying. Since when is she so amazing? I think she’s awful.

  34. lucy2 says:

    I respect her for valuing education and achieving her degrees, and I think it’s good that she went into the directing/producing side of the business. I was not a bit surprised that her DH fame didn’t translate into a bigger acting career, so I think she’s wise for creating projects on her own. But the bragging aspect of that is not necessary.
    What I don’t get is why magazines, endorsements, etc are still coming her way, when really she peaked as a “starlet” quite a while ago.

  35. msw says:

    I don’t mind this. I like to see women act self confident. She’s ambitious without being an a-hole. She should be proud of herself; she accomplished a lot. Just because some people have it harder, it doesn’t diminish that.

    • prayforthewild says:

      I agree with you. She just seems happy about the things she’s done. They are accomplishments regardless of the fact that others have it harder. And, it is an interview after all, she is supposed to talk about herself..

  36. Laura says:

    I really don’t know why I should go on with my life when I clearly will never reach the dizzy heights of Eva. As she clearly knows she is a inspirational example to us all.

    To be able to look back upon a career largely based on a temporary state of being physically beautiful, acting badly in films such as the one where she played a neurotic ghost.. I can’t even begin to think about how she manages to have her entourage take her all the way to a beach on a trip coordinated for her. Or how she can talk on the phone and shop.

    Try talking on a phone while walking in heels on an uneven surface and eating a donut at the same time without the wind blowing your hair into it AKA me this afternoon utilising my skills. Arrogant mouse featured nobody

  37. Snowpea says:

    I know someone like Eva.

    She is all over Facebook telling everyone how great she is. She fishes for compliments by saying things like “42 years old and today I got stopped and asked if I was my 8 year old’s sister! What were they thinking?”. She brags about how happy her marriage is, how fantastic her children are, how wonderful and beautiful her house is, how her dogs are so well behaved and how much she loves her job and her volunteer work. The thing is, she is ALWAYS on Facebook, ala Rimes.

    I tell ya what, if I was that HAPPY, I would be off living it.

    I’m always super suss of people who tell you how amazing they are over and over. Because if you really ARE amazing, you dont feel the need to broadcast it.

  38. MsAubra says:

    I guess I was the only one that rolled their eyes and sighed at the quote…

  39. spock says:

    Half the things she says I agree with and I don’t have a problem with using the term “utilized.” In fact, I and my co-workers use it all the time. However, I went back to school to get my MBA while I was working and I don’t think I would ever answer those interview question like Longoria. She sounds kind of full of herself.

  40. kitty-bye says:

    I am not sure that I would recognize her without the caption. Soon they will all look like a K. I thought it was KK. Bleep.

  41. ff says:

    utilized makes you sound like a tool? using the word tool makes you sound like a tool.

  42. valiantgirl says:

    I have always found her annoying and never quite understood what the big deal was about her. But this had to be hands down the most obnoxious interview she’s ever done.

  43. paranormalgirl says:

    We’re ALL amazing and complex. Being human is in and of itself amazing and complex.

  44. shellybean says:

    God, she is really impressed with herself. I’m not saying she shouldn’t have pride in herself, but she needs to tone it down. Since she seems to know a lot of words, she should know what the words modest and humble mean.

  45. Naddie says:

    Second hand embarrassement.