Eva Longoria is magnetic when she tells stories—both onscreen and IRL. When she hops on to Zoom from the Cannes Movie Competition to share her most current enthusiasm project, her full experience lights up and I can’t aid but lean closer to my display screen. “The tale observed me,” she tells Glamour. “My agent sent me the script, and I was like, ‘I need to tell this tale.’”
The script in query grew to become Longoria’s directorial debut, Flamin’ Hot, which chronicles Richard Montañez’s route from janitor at Frito Lay to the male who manufactured Flamin’ Hot Cheetos a world phenomenon. “He’s Mexican American,” she suggests. “And you know, he seems like me, he seems to be like my dad, he appears like my household. It was a group I realized nicely.” Longoria has often been vocal about her part as a Latina multihyphenate in Hollywood. (At the peak of her Determined Housewives fame, she famously remarked on the subversive thrill of staying a Latina on tv who utilized a white gardener.)
“I’ve been informed no,” she suggests. “I’ve been explained to, ‘You should not do that. No, ladies really don’t do individuals positions. Tips don’t arrive from folks like you.’” In people rejections, she identified the similar road blocks Montañez faces in the course of his narrative. “He’s there to say, ‘But why not?’” she claims. “He truly questioned this archaic program and protocol, and changed it.”
Longoria has worn numerous hats during her vocation of questioning archaic systems: actor, producer, director, founding member of Time’s Up, activist, philanthropist—the list goes on. On the Cannes purple carpet, she’s also a L’Oréal ambassador of almost 20 years, there to spotlight the L’Oréal Paris Lights on Women of all ages Award, the brand’s dedication to honoring one particular mounting female filmmaker in partnership with the Short Films levels of competition. “It’s tricky for feminine filmmakers to have prospects in this field, and it truly is important to applaud them when they get it,” she says.
Cannes is also an option for Longoria, a self-explained “skin care maximalist,” to roll out the natural beauty glam. “That’s the exciting component of Cannes,” she suggests. “Every purple carpet is unique, and it can be a ton of enjoyable putting those people appears to be like alongside one another.”
In the course of our job interview Longoria presents me a hint about the direction of her following major appear. “Last night it was a lip moment, but tonight it will surely be an eye instant,” she states. When I scroll by Instagram the subsequent day, it turns out to be a blend of chromecore eye shadows paired with siren eyeliner. In the track record of her post, she blasts the Ozuna observe named right after her, winking at the digital camera when he drops her title.