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This Actor Had No Idea She Was Mexican Until She Changed Schools In Third Grade

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Posted by Latino Victory on Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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“I love apple pie, but I love micheladas. I love Britney Spears, but I love Maná.”

Eva Longoria was on the Latinos Talk panel hosted by Latino Victory Foundation, where she opened up about the first time she realized she was “different.” This moment of epiphany happened on her way to her new school in third grade, after switching from a predominantly Latino school to a less Latino one. It was her first bus ride that would prove to be life changing.

“The first day that I had to be bused to the other neighborhood, I get on the bus and I have a bean taco,” Longoria told the crowd. “Because that’s what my mom made me for breakfast, was the bean taco. I remember getting on the bus and everybody had a Pop Tart and I was like, ‘What’s that?’ And they were like, ‘What’s that?’ I was like, ‘It’s a bean taco. Doesn’t everybody eat bean tacos?’ And I remember somebody saying, ‘She’s a Mexican.’ and I go, ‘A what?'”

Longoria said she had never felt so different. Since then, she says she’s been “straddling the hyphen,” living a Mexican-American life. It’s a life that a lot of people live, and she has decided to use her voice to talk about the different colors and layers that define what it means to be Latino-American.

You can watch the full panel with Maná here.

READ: Watching Eva Longoria Sew While Reading About Sewing Is Oddly Soothing

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Latina Actresses Are Pivoting to Directing and Producing In Order to Get More Latinx Stories Told

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Latina Actresses Are Pivoting to Directing and Producing In Order to Get More Latinx Stories Told

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The numbers are bleak. Latinos make up 18% of America’s population but only 5% of the number of speaking roles in movies in 2019 according to the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.

Hollywood seems to be late to the party when it comes to Latino representation onscreen. But luckily, there are a handful of Latino artists and creators out there who are taking the fight to appear in front of the screen to behind the camera.

Take, for example, Eva Longoria, who was just announced to be directing and co-starring in the new action-comedy film, “Spa Day”

This marks the third movie the Mexican-American actress will be helming and the first Latina to ever direct more than one major studio film.

The other films on Longoria’s roster include a vehicle for her and Kerry Washington tentatively titled “24/7”, as well as the upcoming biopic “Flamin’ Hot”–a movie centered around Richard Montañez, the man who invented Flaming Hot Cheetos.

Longoria has been candid about how the decision to move into directing and producing has been a strategic one.

“One of the reasons I went into producing and directing was I wasn’t going to sit back and wait for somebody to create a role I wanted to do,” Longoria told Variety in 2018.

“You can’t just sit around waiting for [good projects], and I wanted to create that — not just for myself but for other Latinas.”

But her career transition isn’t unique as a Latina in Hollywood. She has joined the ranks of other Latinas in Hollywood who have began to produce and direct their own projects in order to finally see Latino stories told on screen.

Her peers include Jennifer Lopez (“Shades of Blue“, “Hustlers“), Selena Gomez (“Living Undocumented“), America Ferrera (“Gentefied“, “Superstore“), Gina Rodriguez (“Diary of an American President,” “Carmen San Diego“), and Salma Hayek (“Ugly Betty”).

All of these women have thrown their weight behind projects that otherwise wouldn’t be made if their names weren’t attached to them.

All of these women are creating stories that feature Latino stories and Latino talent–in front of and behind the camera.

America Ferrera explained the reason behind her conscious career pivot from acting to directing/producing: “My genuine heart’s desire is to tell stories that haven’t been told,” she told CBS This Morning. “It’s hard to get stories about people like us made. And then to get those stories told by us is very very uncommon.”

Although the endgame is to have Latinx stories greenlit without having to first be a famous singer or actress, the work these ladies are doing might be laying the foundation for an easier road for future industry players of Latino descent. Or as Longoria so eloquently put it: “If we unite and create opportunities for each other and pull each other up, there could be a lot more success for representation on TV.”

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No Doubt 2020 Has Been The Worst Year Of Our Lifetime, But These Viral Internet Videos Will Take Us Back To Simpler, More Laughable, Times

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No Doubt 2020 Has Been The Worst Year Of Our Lifetime, But These Viral Internet Videos Will Take Us Back To Simpler, More Laughable, Times

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Ever wish during these times you could travel back and enjoy the good old days?

Welcome to the time machine! From incredible dancers to the sweetest kids of all times, here are the best videos you 100% forgot about. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll bring on the leprechauns.

The Apparently Kid

This is the cutest kid to ever who just probably just learned how to be very frank and use the word “apparently.”

Skateboarding Dog

That dog skateboards better than any of your exes do.

Grape Lady Falls!

Be real, you’ve seen this a dozen times and you still cackle when you hear “Oh dear, I think she’s actually hurt.”

“Chocolate Rain”

You KNOW that all of these years alater you still start randomly singing this song.

Leprechaun in Mobile, Alabama

“Could be a crackhead” is an Oscar-worthy line.

 The Evil Look

The best part is when that cute little face laughs at his own jokeee!

David After Dentist

“Is this going to be forever?”

Evolution of Dance

Even Michelle Obama took place in the evolution of dance years later!

“Friday” by Rebecca Black: 2011

The lines “Tomorrow is Saturday, and Sunday comes afterwards” is so INSIGHTFUL.

LAUGHING CHEWBACCA MASK LADY

Literally the mom with the sweetest giggle of all time.

Crush On Obama

I wonder what Michelle Obama thought of this video but also like so sameee! Bring him back.

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