Eva Longoria stuns in red on the December cover of Redbook, on newsstands nationwide November 15. In her cover story, Longoria dishes on girlfriends, her ambitious work ethic, how she knew José Bastón was the one, and whether or not she’ll ever go into politics.
On being eternally optimistic:
“I remember losing auditions or being let go from a job and I’d say, ’That must mean there’s something amazing ahead for me!’ My friends would laugh and look at me like I was crazy. I have never, ever had a personal pity party.”
How her mother inspired her ambitious work ethic:
“I wanted to have a Quinceañera when I was 15 and my family didn’t have the money, so I got a job at Wendy’s and paid for it myself. I couldn’t wait to get to work and make my own money. There was never any resentment, because I saw how hard my mother worked and all she did for my sister [with special needs], and I wanted to do whatever I could to help. We all did.”
On knowing husband José Bastón was “the one” and why she took his last name:
“Even before we got engaged, we just felt married. We called one another “my husband” and “my wife.” It didn’t take either one of us very long to know that “this is the one.” In my case, it only took 40 years to find him!
On changing her name to Eva Longoria Bastón:
“I love him, I love his last name, and I love that tradition. It’s a choice I made, but I realize it’s not for everybody. I was thrilled to take his name.”
On whether or not she’d ever become involved in politics:
“I’ve thought about that a million times. I think the most powerful part of our democracy is being a citizen. Our society cannot function without citizens. Voting, civil disobedience, protesting can make our voices heard. There’s more things you can do as a citizen to bring about change than as a politician. After some deliberation, I choose to hold on to that power rather than relinquish it. But I do have a great deal of respect for people who devote their lives to public service.”