In this behind the scenes video posted to Empire’s Youtube page, TV star Eva Longoria dished on her new character for the hit show entering its third season on FOX. According to Longoria, she plays a stuffy Sara Palin-esque character by the name of Charlotte Frost, who gives off cold shoulder vibes. In the show, Frost is the head of the Las Vegas gaming commission. Longoria reveals what may be a major plot point when she says “I do have a scene where I slap somebody so, get ready for that. I won’t tell you who, but it is a lion.” The video then displays some possible people it may be, and Taraji P. Henderson’s fierce character Cookie, who no one would argue against calling “a lion,” is one of those possibilities. Folks in the comments section had lots to say about it.
This Youtube user was basically taking bets.
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We kinda wanna see how it goes down, too.
Another thought she didn’t stand a chance.
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True, Cookie is fierce.
These Empire fans will bring up the show’s entire history in the comments section.
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I don’t know what Antoinette is talking about, but she clearly knows her stuff.
All in all, we’re as excited to see Longoria on the show as she is.
Longoria and Peña, who are starring in this summer’s live-action Dora the Explorer film as Dora’s mother and father respectively, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, sat down with Vanity Fair to teach us (and test their own knowledge) Mexican slang. Whether you’re Mexican or not, you’ve probably heard a few of these classic phrases floating around. For example, “no manches,” which Peña explains has a lot of different definitions depending on the context, but generally translates to “get out of here” or “shut up” when responding to something that’s surprising or you just can’t believe. But these two can definitely explain it better than I can.
The definition and use of terms such as chicano, pedo, chamba, naco, among a ton of others are also broken down by the Dora and the Lost City of Gold actors in this hilarious video.
Now, be honest, how many of these do you use on a daily basis? Or how many did you have no idea what they actually meant?
The 44-year-old Corpus Christi native and the 43-year-old Chicago-born Narcos: Mexico actor aren’t the first to be recruited by Vanity Fair to teach us Mexican slang. In 2017, while on a press run for her film How to Be a Latin Lover, Salma Hayek sat in the tutorial hot seat to challenge others in the art of Mexican slang. The 52-year-old actress, who was born in Mexico, listed a few of the same phrases as shared by Longoria and Peña, but also explained the meaning behind several expressions such as “no mames,” “hombres malos,” “eso que ni que,” “tienes feria,” and “me vale madres.”
I think it’s safe to say that Salma Hayek taught us a lot of important ones here, amirite?
With Peña and Longoria’s new film, it’s probably important to become acquainted with a few of these phrases—Dora is, after all, an iconic Latina character. And the latest live-action movie features a number of Mexican and Mexican-American actors (Peña, Longoria, Eugenio Derbez, Danny Trejo, Adriana Barraza Isela Vega), so who knows if some of these terms will make their way to this big screen debut.
Based on Nickelodeon’s highly popular educational pre-school series, Dora the Explorer, Dora and the Lost City of Gold follows a teenaged Dora (played by Isabela Moner) as she heads off to high school—which just might be her biggest and most challenging adventure yet. The quirky fun film sends Dora off on a mission to track down her parents, who are in need of saving, and enlists the help of her friends, including her primo Diego (played by Jeff Wahlberg) and monkey Boots. Along the way, she comes across familiar faces, like Swiper the Fox (voiced by Benicio del Toro)—who remembers the catchphrase, swiper no swiping?—while also trying to solve the mystery behind a lost Incan civilization.
The character of Dora the Explorer has played such an important role for Latino and non-Latino children alike.
Ok, so perhaps not teaching them Mexican slang like our friends Eva Longoria, Michael Peña and Salma Hayek, but most definitely teaching them Spanish. That was the case for one of those behind this new live-action take on Dora.
“My daughter knows Spanish because of Dora,” Dora and the City of Gold director James Bobin told the Los Angeles Times. “When she was little, I remember saying to her once, ‘What’s your favorite animal?’ And she said, ‘Ardilla.’ And I went, ‘A deer?’ and got a picture from a book of a deer. And she goes, ‘No, no, no, no, ardilla’ and pointed out the window [because] ardilla in Spanish is squirrel.”
And like its cartoon counterpart, Dora and the City of Gold hopes to appeal to all audiences. “The beautiful thing of the story is that thematically, it’s pretty universal,” Eva Longora said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “I think everybody’s going to understand it and relate to it. You don’t have to be Latino, but it is a celebration of our culture within the movie. Our language is in it, people who [reflect] our community are in it, it’s organically Latino. It wasn’t like ‘Insert Latino here.’ ”
Dora and the Lost City of Gold is in theaters everywhere August 9.
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.