Eva Longoria, 48, says she ‘doesn’t care she is pigeonholed as the sexy one in Desperate Housewives’ as the actress goes braless in racy shoot

Eva Longoria has admitted she ‘doesn’t care’ she is ‘pigeonholed as the ‘sexy one’ in Desperate Housewives.

The actress, 48, said she is ‘riding that wave to the beach’ after her role as Gabrielle Solis propelled her to Hollywood.

And Eva is every inch the femme fatale on the cover of ELLE’s December/January 2023 Women in Hollywood issue. 

Eva said: ‘I remember when I was on Housewives and I was the sexy one, people were like, “Are you scared you’re going to be pigeonholed as sexy?” 

‘I was like, “Oh God, no. I’m riding that wave to the beach. Go ahead and say I’m sexy”. 

Eva Longoria has admitted she ‘doesn’t care’ she is ‘pigeonholed as the ‘sexy one’ in Desperate Housewives

The actress, 48, said she is 'riding that wave to the beach' after her role as Gabrielle Solis propelled her to Hollywood

The actress, 48, said she is ‘riding that wave to the beach’ after her role as Gabrielle Solis propelled her to Hollywood

‘I don’t care, because there’s going to be a day when you’re going to say I’m not sexy, and I won’t care then either.’ 

And Eva rocks some of her most daring looks to date. In one photograph, Eva showed off her cleavage as she went braless in a $3,290 leather waistcoat from Michael Kors. 

The actress also smouldered in a floral shirt and black knickers from Max Mara which skimmed over her bottom in another shot. 

Eva also spoke about the challenge of directing her first feature film Flamin’ Hot in a male dominated industry. 

It is based on the memoir A Boy, a Burrito and a Cookie: From Janitor to Executive by Richard Montañez, who claims to have invented Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. 

Eva said: ‘You have to assume you have the job—that’s what men do all the time. They don’t assume they’re fighting for the job. 

‘Hearing that changed my approach and my tone in the room when I pitched Searchlight. I was like, This is my movie, and I, in every fiber of my being, knew I would be directing this. It’s mine, it’s mine, it’s mine.

‘I couldn’t fail at my first movie—that wasn’t an option for me, because then I wouldn’t get a second chance.

Eva starred in  Desperate Housewives from 2004 to 2012, and received Golden Globe nominations (L-R  Marcia Cross, Vanessa Williams, Felicity Huffman and Teri Hatcher

Eva starred in  Desperate Housewives from 2004 to 2012, and received Golden Globe nominations (L-R  Marcia Cross, Vanessa Williams, Felicity Huffman and Teri Hatcher 

Eva even wore a touch of Chanel with the busty leather top

Eva even wore a touch of Chanel with the busty leather top 

Eva looked every inch the businesswoman in a $900 turtleneck jumper

Eva looked every inch the businesswoman in a $900 turtleneck jumper 

The actress also looked incredible in a $1,850 Stella McCartney jumpsuit and Giavito Rossi shoes

The actress also looked incredible in a $1,850 Stella McCartney jumpsuit and Giavito Rossi shoes 

Eva appears in the December 2023/January 2024 issue of ELLE

Eva appears in the December 2023/January 2024 issue of ELLE

‘Men can direct a $200 million movie, fail, and get another $200 million movie. And you’re like, “What?”

‘You have to work harder; you have to work smarter. 

‘I don’t mind doing that until we have equality. I’m going to keep pushing the line and doing all I can to pave the road.’

Flamin’ Hot was released in March this year and received mixed reviews from critics.

Of why she decided to tell the story, Eva said: ‘Hollywood gets to decide what heroes look like, and they never look like us. I looked at Richard and I was like, “Oh my gosh, this would be a great opportunity to create a hero who looks like my dad, who looks like my uncle, who sounds like my family”.’ 

The publication has listed Eva, alongside the likes of Jennifer Lopez and America Ferrara, as an honorees in the celebration of Hollywood. 

Eva appears in the December 2023/January 2024 issue of ELLE which is available online or in stores.  

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