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Eva's Essential Movies
Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria

Actor

New Academy member Eva Longoria has cemented herself as an industry staple for her work both in front of and behind the camera. As an actor, producer, director, and activist, Longoria continues to expand opportunities for others by paving the way for women and people of color as producers, directors, and industry leaders in Hollywood and beyond.

1

Gilda

1946

WHERE TO WATCH

Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford in Charles Vidor’s story define film noir on so many levels. I remember watching Gilda from an early age as my mom loved romance. Later in my life, I found out Rita was Latina—and then had a new appreciation for and perspective on the film. What she had to overcome to become a legendary actress—she got electrolysis on her hairline, had her teeth worked on, and changed her birth name from Margarita Carmen Cansino. Her performance was so impressive that atomic scientists named an atomic bomb Gilda and painted Rita’s picture on it. She was appalled and she made it known. Today it’s still difficult to be heard as a Latina woman, but can you imagine back then? To me, it truly is the perfect film of all time.

WHERE TO WATCH
Gilda
1946
110 Mins | PG
A Buenos Aires casino owner hires a gambler who once had an affair with his alluring wife.


2

Dracula

1931

When I was studying acting, I was a Lupita Tovar fan. Lupita was a huge star in Mexico but in America she was more limited. The Spanish version of the film shot on the same set as the English version but because the priority was the English, the Latinx cast/crew had to shoot in the evenings. In the opinion of many, the Spanish version ended up being much sexier and more intriguing than the English version.  

WHERE TO WATCH
Dracula
1931
103 Mins | 10
This was made using the same sets and script as the Bela Lugosi classic but with a Spanish cast.


3

Steel Magnolias

1989

WHERE TO WATCH

I’m a big fan of writer Robert Harling because of his talents and I’ve worked with him several times. There is an amazing cast in Steel Magnolias. Julia Roberts, Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton, Daryl Hannah to name only a few. Sally Field, who I admire tremendously! I’m a huge fan of hers. I’m from Texas, neighbor to Louisiana, so I could relate to these women, their story, their families. The film was based on the life of Bobby Harling, the role played by Julia was his sister, who did pass away, and Sally played his mom. Knowing him makes the film and characters even more special.

WHERE TO WATCH
Steel Magnolias
1989
118 Mins | PG
Six Southern women gossip and kid around together, through good times and bad.


4

Soapdish

1991

WHERE TO WATCH

C’mon, everyone is in this movie! Whoopi Goldberg, Sally Field, Robert Downey Jr. Kevin Kline and many others. I tend to lean more towards films with true ensembles and multiple story lines. And it’s wonderful when a movie can make you laugh out loud and make you want to watch it over and over again.  

WHERE TO WATCH
Soapdish
1991
97 Mins | PG-13
Soap-opera star's (Sally Field) ex-lover (Kevin Kline) returns to the show.


5

Casino

1995

WHERE TO WATCH

I have watched Casino countless times—mostly for Sharon Stone’s performance but equally for Robert De Niro’s. The film spanned many years of their lives and their ability to play that range of ages was phenomenal. I also think it contains my favorite Robert De Niro/Joe Pesci scenes.

WHERE TO WATCH
Casino
1995
177 Mins | R
A bookie (Robert De Niro) and his pal (Joe Pesci) make a Las Vegas casino an empire.


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