Eva Longoria has urged her huge social following to register and vote in the upcoming US presidential election in November.
And in the last episode of The dissenters podcast hosted by Debra Messing, 51, and entrepreneur Mandana Dayani, 38, the 45-year-old actress urged people to “ stand up for [themselves]’by voting.
‘I don’t speak for women. I don’t speak for Latinos. I’m telling you, speak for yourself, get up and speak for yourself like this, ”Longoria said passionately.
The best way to do that is to vote. Because the only time we are level with the richest 1% and the poorest in the voting booth. ‘
Power for the People: In the latest episode of The Dissenters podcast, hosted by Debra Messing, 51, and entrepreneur Mandana Dayani, 38, actress Eva Longoria, 45, urged people to “ stand up for [themselves]’by voting
Eva explained that it was ‘inspiring’ to see voting as an equalizer [her] to spend so much time teaching people about their right to vote and the power that comes with it.
“That is literally what inspired me to spend so much time on this, namely realizing the power that every person has, no matter who they are.”
Eve’s passion for activism, be it voting or racial inequality, stems from her childhood, which she described as a ‘highly philanthropic upbringing’.
“People always ask me where my philanthropy and activism come from and it comes from my family,” said Longoria, who grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas and is the youngest of four sisters.
‘I have an older sister with special needs, she was born with an intellectual disability. So I was born into her world. I don’t know any other way to be than to be with another, as if my sister were another. My earliest memories are at the Special Olympics. ‘
Equality: Eva explained that it was ‘inspiring’ to see voting as an equalizer [her] to spend so much time teaching people about their right to vote and the power that comes with it
Although her activist drive was bred in the home, Eva admitted that her internal struggles with identity over the years led her to act on the causes that are close to her heart.
‘I’m a bit in the middle. People go, you are half and half. And I thought, no, I’m 100% Mexican and 100% American at the same time, ”Longoria said.
‘It all led me to my political activism. That’s what really turned me around, because I was Mexican American and I’m just straddling that hyphen. ‘
She noted that “ many Latinos have a hard time navigating identity ” in the United States because of the internal conflict that comes with assimilating and still clinging to their own culture.
‘I think a lot of Latinos have a hard time navigating identity in this country because we want to be assimilated and fully accepted, but we want to stick to our language, our religion, our traditions, our music, our food and sometimes people say, no, you can’t do this or you are that. ‘
Passion: Eve’s passion for activism, be it voting or racial inequality, stems from her childhood, which she described as a ‘highly philanthropic upbringing’
Despite acknowledging many of the struggles within her community, Eva admitted that there were many things she did not know that led her to pursue her master’s degree in Chicano Studies.
‘I like to learn things I don’t know, but this one was personal. Because I said I should know this. I need to know this. And I was so hungry to learn at the time. But let me tell you, if you want something done, ask a busy woman to do it and it will be done right, “Longoria said.
The star of Desperate Housewives recalled someone telling her Dr. Rodolfo Acuna showed and how it blew [her] spirit ‘because the book tells the history of America from’ the perspective of the minority ‘.
‘I’ve met [the author] and he said take my lesson, that was Chcano 101, and I was on Desperate Housewives. I thought I can’t take a class. And he said it’s online, take a lesson. And it changed my life, ”she gushed.
Education: Despite recognizing many of the struggles within her community, Eva admitted that there were many things she did not know that led her to pursue her Masters in Chicano Studies; Eva photographed in February
In 2019, it was announced that Eva would direct the highly anticipated biopic Flamin ‘Hot, which chronicles the life of Richard Montañez who invented Hot Cheetos.
‘Those stories need to be told, I didn’t know the Flamin’ Hot Cheeto was invented by a Mexican. And I was like, oh my God, I need to know this. ‘
Being a latina and a director and getting behind the camera and being a storyteller is important, ”Longoria emphasized.
Everyone wanted to direct this story. And I was very happy that Searchlight is committed to a Latino director. Because they were like that, we need someone in the community who knows this community. ‘
Directing: Being a latina and a director and getting behind the camera and being a storyteller is important, ” Longoria emphasized in her interview.
After overcoming many barriers, Eva went on to address the “barriers” that people often put up when given the opportunity to achieve their philanthropic goals.
So many people create these barriers to activism. And they will say, I don’t really know about climate change or immigration, or I don’t have time. But why not learn it? ‘
When it comes to creating ‘sustainable and effective change’ with your activism, Eva believes that involving women is a crucial stepping stone.
“I chose women because when you help a woman, she helps her family, when you help a family, you change communities, you change communities, you change a nation,” Longoria said.
Women First: When it comes to creating ‘sustainable and effective change’ with your activism, Eva believes engaging women is an essential springboard