as Ana Sophia Calderon
Eva Longoria is a Golden Globe-nominated, Screen Actors Guild- and ALMA Award-winning actress, producer, director, entrepreneur, philanthropist and Desperate Housewives alum. Her greatest work is as a champion of women, the Latino community, and youth with special needs.
Longoria is set to star opposite Oscar-nominee Demián Bichir in the feature film Low Riders, which looks at the lives of enthusiasts of the reemerging low-riding culture in Southern California's Latino communities. Longoria also recently starred in the feature films Refugio, Any Day, alongside Sean Bean and Kate Walsh, and the critically acclaimed feature film Frontera, co-starring Michael Peña and Ed Harris. Longoria also recently guest starred on the Golden Globe Award-winning comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
She established the Eva Longoria Foundation to help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. Foundation programs help Latinas achieve their full potential through parent engagement, mentorship, extracurricular participation, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, micro-loans and other high-potential interventions.
In addition to her foundation, Longoria co-founded Eva's Heroes in 2006. Eva's Heroes enriches the lives of those with intellectual special needs by providing an inclusive setting built on the four tenets of interact, grow, learn and love. Based in San Antonio, the organization helps teens and young adults with intellectual special needs to integrate into and flourish in society.
Longoria is also the spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cáncer, a nonprofit organization that is committed to improving the quality of life for Latino children with cancer and their families. Padres is the only Latino program in the United States that is focused on addressing the needs of the entire family. Since becoming a spokesperson 10 years ago, Longoria has helped raise more than $7 million through her participation as the Chair of El Sueño de Esperanza Gala, personal contributions and other special campaigns.
Longoria was named Philanthropist of the Year by The Hollywood Reporter and honored by Variety with a Lifetime Achievement Award for their Power of Women issue. Longoria has received countless other awards for her philanthropy and activism, including the prestigious Dorothy I. Height Racial Justice Award by the YWCA USA, the Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award from Women in Film during their annual Crystal + Lucy Awards and the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts Horizon Award, presented each year to the individual whose work most advances the presence of Latinos in television and/or film.
A pillar in the Latino community, Longoria has executive produced and hosted the National Council of La Raza ALMA Awards for the past eight years. Longoria also executive produced, in collaboration with Academy Award-nominated Shine Global, the documentary The Harvest, which focuses on the plight of the estimated 500,000 child farm workers whose tireless efforts help feed America.
Longoria received her master's degree in Chicano studies from California State University, Northridge. Follow her on Twitter at @EvaLongoria.