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Eva Longoria Traced Her Roots And Discovered Her Ancestors Were Killed By The Texas Rangers In A Land Dispute

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Eva Longoria recently took a trip to Spain to track down the origin of her roots.

Eva Longoria a la entrada del pueblo de Belmonte en el que se localizan sus raíces asturianas. Foto: @mikilopez_foto /LNE

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“Got to finally discover my roots,” Longoria wrote on her Instagram post. “I have been wanting to visit the small village where my ancestors came from and where my last name was born for years!! And today I got to meet all the amazing people in this small town who were beaming with pride!”

Longoria has been diligent about documenting her journey of familial discovery on Snapchat and Instagram giving her fans a front row seat to her trip. Longoria has long been trying to get to the bottom of her ancestral roots even taking part of the PBS special “Faces Of America” in 2010. It was during the PBS special that Longoria had her DNA tested and discovered parts of her history that even she hadn’t heard about.

During her sit down with PBS, Longoria learned the fate of two distant relatives in Texas.

First, she learned about the fate of her great-great-grandfather Ponciano Longoria, who was one of the Longoria men who worked on the farmland her family still owns today. The greatest shock was learning that Ponciano was stabbed to death by an Anglo farmer during a land dispute. According to the interviewer, the land in south Texas was often in dispute with Anglo farmers moving fence lines overnight to accumulate more land at the detriment of the Mexican farmer owners of the time. She also learned of another relative killed during the same time named Antonio Longoria. According to the interviewer, Antonio was killed in cold blood by the Texas Rangers. All this to defend the very land that the Longoria family had always lived on and farmed. Like Longoria has said in the past, “My family didn’t cross the border. The border crossed us.

Looks like this vacation to Spain is exactly what the Texas-born actor needed to connect with her roots.

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Eva Longoria Is Being Called Out For Dragging Former ‘Housewives’ Actors And Defending Felicity Huffman

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Eva Longoria Is Being Called Out For Dragging Former ‘Housewives’ Actors And Defending Felicity Huffman

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Earlier this year, a major college admission scandal was exposed and at the center of it was actress Felicity Huffman. Huffman was found guilty of mail fraud for paying $15,000 to increase her daughter’s SAT scores. As of now, she awaits sentencing but is expected to be given at least a month in prison for her crime.

However, before the judge announces her sentence, celebrity friends and loved ones have sent in letters of support for Huffman, asking for leniency.

Among the letters was a testimonial from her “Desperate Housewives” co-star, Eva Longoria, and it revealed some major onset drama.

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In the letter, Longoria called Huffman her “good friend” and recalled how welcoming the actress was to the Latina, who was new to Hollywood at the time. She also recalled her first table read where Huffman offered support to her co-star after seeing her “alone, scared, and unsure of where to go and what to do.”

Additionally, Longoria revealed that she was bullied on set by another actress. Though she didn’t divulge who the bully was, “Desperate Housewives” was plagued by drama and tension between the cast and had rumors of a feud between Teri Hatcher and the rest of the actors.

Longoria wrote, “I dreaded the days I had to go to work with that person because it was pure torture.”

In the letter, Longoria revealed that the bullying didn’t stop until Huffman intervened.

“Felicity could feel that I was riddled with anxiety even though I never complained or mentioned the abuse to anyone,” the actress said in the letter.

The letter also revealed other ways that Huffman supported Longoria during their time at “Desperate Housewives.”

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It was also revealed that Longoria was being paid less than her co-stars. According to the letter, it was Huffman’s idea to pursue renegotiations as a group so they could reach a fair conclusion.

“That did not go over too well with the others,” Longoria explained. “But Felicity stood up for me, saying it was fair because the success of the show depended on all of us, not one of us. The fight lasted weeks, but Felicity held strong and convinced everyone this was the right thing to do.”

The letter also revealed that Huffman was the only co-star that supported Longoria’s charities and special projects.

“[The other women] were all usually too busy to help, except Felicity,” she wrote. “I can’t tell you how many times she was the only one who would physically show up to help me with kids with cancer, or children with special needs.”

Though Longoria’s letter comes from a place of friendship, not everyone appreciated the actress’ support of Huffman.

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Some Twitter users pointed out that Longoria’s letter shouldn’t circumvent the justice system and that Huffman’s punishment shouldn’t be lessened just because of the words of her friends and family.

Other’s mentioned the injustice that was perpetrated against a deserving student because of Huffman’s actions.

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In order to get her daughter into college, Huffman took a position from a deserving student who didn’t have the privilege of a parent who would buy their acceptance. Character witnesses from Huffman’s friends and family don’t negate the wrong she did to this student.

Overall, we don’t know if Longoria’s letter will help with leniency, but a lot of us still appreciate that “Desperate Housewives” tea she spilled.

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This whole college admission scandal has the makings of a novela and we’ll be sure to keep following the drama.

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A Movie About The Creation Of Hot Cheetos Is Finally Happening And This Is How Eva Longoria Is Involved

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A Movie About The Creation Of Hot Cheetos Is Finally Happening And This Is How Eva Longoria Is Involved

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There is good news out of Hollywood that actress/producer Eva Longoria is set to direct a biopic about Richard Montañez, the janitor who invented Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. The beloved spicy snack will get the big-screen treatment and a Latina will be behind the story. According to Deadline, the rights to direct the film were a hot commodity as Longoria reportedly beat out multiple directors for the role. She made quite the impression on DeVon Franklin, who will produce the anticipated film under his Franklin Entertainment label when she discussed her “authentic approach” on the touching story of Richard and Judy Montañez, his wife. 

So far there are limited details about the film, which will be titled “Flamin’ Hot.” This all the information about the upcoming project currently available and maybe all the information we really need to know.  

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Landing the role of the director is just another achievement for Longoria who has transitioned successfully from the front of the camera to behind it in recent years. “The Desperate Housewives” actress has had previous experience as she directed multiple episodes of Black-ish, The Mick, and Jane the Virgin. She also recently agreed to direct a Kerry Washington movie called “24/7.” 

Here are some of the reaction the film has received on social media that Longoria will be directing. It looks like some people don’t know it’s going to be a biopic not just a film about Hot Cheetos. 

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There has been a bit of confusion is some circles of social media who have questions about the film and what the plot will be about. Some on social media aren’t too sure about the project or don’t realize that it will be a biopic and not about the chips themselves.

“Before you joke about this, make sure you read the article and the synopsis of the film. It’s a biopic on the Latinx janitor turned inventor of Hot Cheetos, not an animated Chester Cheetah movie, and it sounds pretty amazing—and @EvaLongoria  is the right person to tell this tale” Jeff Yang tweeted in regards to criticism the announcement has received. 

Another person on Twitter talked about what the movie will mean in terms of having a Latina behind the camera getting to tell a story many may not be too familiar with. 

“Sad people I admire on Twitter have not taken time to research the facts of Richard Montañez’s story. This isn’t just a joke Cheetos movie. Diminishing the story is lowkey racist. @EvaLongoria and Lewis Colick are telling the kind of Latinx story that never seems to get made.”

The story behind Hot Cheetos is inspirational to many and is a tribute to a legend that has touched many in Latino pop culture.  

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The film will focus on Montañez, the son of a Mexican immigrant, who came up with the idea for Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. He incorporated the various spicy flavors of his Latin background and in return created one of the most recognizable and popular snacks for Frito-Lay and impacting the food industry as a whole. 

It didn’t start out easy for Montañez who struggled to learn English growing up and eventually dropped out. He would work various jobs until he landed a position as a janitor at Frito-Lay in 1976 at the young age of 18. Montañez quickly let his presence known at the company chatting with workers and getting to learn the products. But it wasn’t until the mid-1980s when the Frito-Lay’s CEO, Roger Enrico, told every employee to “act like an owner” in an effort to help create a new company culture. 

One day when Montañez was working alongside a fellow Frito-Lay salesman on their way to a liquor store in a Latino neighborhood, he made notice that the majority of the chips lacked flavor. He took some chips from the factory home and decided to add chile powder to them and would pitch the idea to the CEO. Enrico loved the chips instantly and the rest would be history. 

The “Hot Cheetos” film was announced by Fox Searchlight back in February 2018 but it took until this week to get any new update on the project. We can only speculate who will be cast or when the film will be released but for now, we can take comfort knowing a Latina will be at the helm. 

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