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Eva Longoria Is Able To Take Her Son To Set But Not All Women Have That Privilege

We really thought once Eva Longoria had her baby boy that we would perhaps not see her working as much. We don’t say that because the actress, producer, director, and activist has to choose between one or the other, thankfully she has the privilege to do all of those things. However, it’s totally natural for a new mom to take time off from work or perhaps not go back to work altogether. Some women don’t have a choice due to our country’s backward maternity laws, and one-income households.

Longoria, however, shows exactly what it looks like to balance it all thanks to an open working environment that supports moms.

Eva Longoria takes her baby boy everywhere she goes including on the set while breastfeeding.

“This is a pic of me directing while breastfeeding Santi during the filming,” she said on Instagram. “Women multitask every day and I was so lucky to have such an amazing crew and cast that supported both my new motherhood and career goals!”

Longoria, who’s currently directing, producing and starring on ABC’s “Grand Hotel” has been working nonstop since giving birth to  Santiago Enrique Bastón on Dec. 17.

Longoria has been very open about the fact that her show “Grand Hotel” has been able to be accommodating to her and others on the cast and crew with children. Making a work environment be a family-friendly place makes everyone on the set more focused on their work.

“I do think there has to be a normalization within Hollywood to make sure that motherhood is accepted in a wider way,” Longoria said in Parents magazine. “Many times, [after becoming a mom] you no longer get the sexy roles, or you have to take time off until you’re looking a certain way.”

Her co-star and co-worker Roselyn Sanchez has praised Longoria for making the set of “Grand Hotel” a friendly place to bring your kids to work.

“She’s loving and wonderful and demanding, but in a good way,” Sanchez said in an interview with Hola! magazine. “It’s amazing because I’m just comfortable. You know, I got to work and I’m just comfortable. I know I’m respected and appreciated and I’m protected.”

Longoria added, “The baby was with me and it was normalized and it was great and when we shot the pilot, Ross’s baby was three-months-old. To have that culture and normalize the fact that we’re women and we can be mothers, but also pursue our careers, was really, really good.”

Longoria isn’t putting work life on hold, she’s pursuing her dreams and living her best life as a mommy.

“The stakes are higher now that I have a child,” she in Parents magazine. “I need to make sure I’m doing my part to leave the world a better place—for him [Santiago] and for all the children of our future.”

That is mom goals right there!

We are so impressed by Longoria’s determination to keep on working. There have been so many studies about women who wait to have their children later in life due to reasons about partners and work. It’s great to see that Longoria is now in her ideal time with the right husband and the right work opportunities, without having to sacrifice a thing. We only wish more employers would give women the chance to be engaged workers while also not be neglectful of families, especially when there are young children involved.

That is one of the reasons why Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has vowed that all of her employees will not have a great maternity and paternity leave system in place. She’s also a fierce advocate of making sure her office is family friendly, which means women can breastfeed there and not have to be ridiculed or judged for doing so.

There are also more companies that are adhering to new family-friendly practices, which means more people want to go work for them. Some of those include PwC, Bank of America, Johnson & Johnson and IBM.

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Eva Longoria and Zoe Saldana Are Teaming Up to Produce ‘The Gordita Chronicles’ for HBO Max

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Eva Longoria and Zoe Saldana Are Teaming Up to Produce ‘The Gordita Chronicles’ for HBO Max

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Looking for a show to fill the “Jane the Virgin”-shaped hole in your heart? Well, we may have some good news! Eva Longoria and Zoe Saldana teamed up on a new series called “The Gordita Chronicles” for HBO Max.

According to Deadline, “The Gordita Chronicles” will a follow a “willful, chubby, 12-year-old Dominican” named Carlota ‘Cucu’ Castelli. Cucu “struggles to fit into hedonistic 1980s Miami as her family pursues the American dream.”

Zoe Saldana has long been a producer on “The Gordita Chronicles”, while Eva Longoria was recently tapped to direct the pilot episode and executive produce the series.

But these two powerful Latinas aren’t the only ones with their hands on this project. Dominican-American producer and writer, Claudia Forestieri is the brains behind this series.

Forestieri is a former Telemundo reporter who changed tracks and began a career in TV-writing. She has previously written for Latino-centric shows like “Selena: The Series” and “Good Trouble”. Forestieri is a self-described “bilingual & biracial TV writer of Dominican-Italian descent who was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Miami.”

Eva Longoria took to Instagram to express her elation over being involved in such a trailblazing project.

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“The Gordita Chronicles” is the perfect-storm of Hollywood Latino talent that have been working to have a project like this greenlit for a long time.

“I’m BEYOND excited & honored to announce my part within this brilliant team of women coming together to create ‘The Gordita Chronicles’,” she wrote. “I’ll be directing the pilot, while working alongside the amazing and talented @claudiforest, @brigliebs, @zoesaldana, and so many more!!”

She ended the statement with a comment and the sad state of Latino representation in Hollywood. “The lack of representation and diversity in Hollywood continues to be a major focus, rightfully so, and I’m so honored to be a part of the change!”

To make things more exciting, they have already found their lead. After an intensive search, producers cast an up-and-coming Afro-Latina child actress named Olivia Goncalves.

Per Deadline: “The Gordita Chronicles centers Carlota ‘Cucu’ Castelli (Goncalves), a willful 12-year-old Dominican immigrant with a heart of gold. Cucu leaves her home and her parochial school in Santo Domingo to live in Miami and pursue the American Dream during the hedonistic 1980s after her father, a marketing executive with a large airline, gets transferred there.”

The show will focus on Cucu as she “meets head-on the challenges of being an immigrant in a strange new world with humor, bravado and some really bad choices.”

If the synopsis is any indication of the show’s promise, please count us in! This sounds like a heartwarming, unique story that Hollywood doesn’t spotlight often enough. We can’t wait to watch!

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9 LGBTQ+ Latinas Making The World A Better Place Through Representation

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9 LGBTQ+ Latinas Making The World A Better Place Through Representation

Women are a driving force for change. It has been proven time and time again in history. LGBTQ+ Latinas are part of this tradition whether it is in activism, media, or representation in comic books. Here are 9 LGBTQ+ Latinas who are doing their part to make the world a better place.

Stephanie Beatriz

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Stephanie Beatriz is known for her character Rosa on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” The actress wanted to create a character that someone like her could relate to and she made it happen. Rosa came out in the show as a bisexual Latina and it gave Beatriz a chance to play a character that reflects her real identity. For the first time, bisexual Latinas have someone on television that speaks to a very real and important identity.

Tessa Thompson

Tessa Thompson publicly came out of the closet as bisexual in 2018. The actress revealed her relationship with musician Janelle Monáe and fans were there to support her. Thompson made a real splash in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when she portrayed Valkyrie in “Thor: Ragnarok.” She will be slaying again as Valkrie in “Thor: Love and Thunder.”

Bamby Salcedo

Bamby Salcedo is unapologetically trans and fighting for trans lives and rights. Salcedo founded the TransLatin@ Coalition to create a network for trans Latinas to connect and help each other thrive. Salcedo is often in protests for trans lives including against Pete Buttigieg during a CNN/HRC Town Hall.

Victoria Cruz

Victoria Cruz is a gatekeeper of LGBTQ+ history. The indigenous trans woman was there for the start of the Gay Liberation movement in 1969. Cruz has been a leader in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Cruz has continued to her fight for trans rights even in the face of transphobia in the LGBTQ+ community. As the LGBTQ+ community tends for forget its history, Cruz is here to remind them of how important the trans community is in gaing LGBTQ+ rights.

Carmen Carrera

Carmen Carrera first came into everyone’s home as a contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” This was before she started her transition. Since embarking on her transition journey, Carrera has had a very successful career as a supermodel, became a stepmother, and has been championing trans rights in the U.S. and Peru. The activist has spent years breaking down stereotypes about trans people wherever she goes.

Salice Rose

Salice Rose is a major name in social media. With more than 16 million followers on TikTok, Rose has created a place for people to feel safe and included. Using comedy and her spirituality, Rose has been able to tackle important issues, like coming out.

Gabby Rivera

Gabby Rivera was tapped to write for the America Chavez comic book in a move by Marvel that was widely celebrated. Rivera was able to give American Chavez, a queer Latin superhero, an authentic voice. Rivera is also the author of “Juliet Takes A Breaths.’ The young adult novel follows a Puerto Rican girl who comes out to her family right before going to an internship on the other side of the country.

Martine Gutierrez

Martine Gutierrez is a famed photographer and artist that has displayed work around the world. The art critic Barbara Calderon wrote about Gutierrez’s identity that has been an elusive yet broad identity. Calderon spoke of terms used to identify oneself yet none seemed to accurately describe who Gutierrez is.

Lido Pimienta

Lido Pimienta is an Afro-indigenous Colombian Canadian musician who is transforming Latin music, especially the scene with her sexuality. The queer musician is unapologetic about her identity for the sake of visibility. Pimienta feels a need to stay ver visible to change the long-running history of no queer visibility in media.

READ: Here Are Some Queer Films And Shows To Watch To Start Pride Off Right

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