Eva Longoria: “I was the Ugly Duckling”

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Latina actress and bombshell Eva Longoria was on the TODAY show talking about her new show Telenovela. Of course there was talk of the show and her recent engagement…blah, blah. But the real show stopper was when she talked about her childhood.

Co-Hosts Jenna Bush Hager and Hoda Kotb were so impressed that Eva Longoria was funny in Telenovela.

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“Were you like the class clown growing up or the one that made everybody laugh?” Hager asked Longoria.

Longoria said she had to be funny when she was younger because she was “the ugly duckling.”

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“I blossomed very late,” Longoria explained. “I was the ugly, skinny, dark one.

READ: Eva Longoria’s New Sitcom Pokes Fun at Telenovelas

She even recalled being called “la prieta fea” by her family when she was younger.

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Let’s see Kotb’s reaction a little closer.

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I know girl, it’s cray.

READ: Eva Longoria Shows Jimmy Fallon the Three Essential Telenovela Moves: The Gasp, The Stare and The Slap

But when you grow up with two sister with blonde hair and green eyes, it tends to happen apparently.

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“I was always kind of funny,” Longoria told the co-hosts. “I was jut like, ‘OK, I’m not going to be pretty. I’m going to be the funny one.'”

Check out the rest of the Today video here and watch Longoria dish about her engagement, making Telenovela, and more about her ugly duckling past.

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A Look at the World of Migrant Farmworkers through the Eyes of a Child


A Look at the World of Migrant Farmworkers through the Eyes of a Child

Meet Jose Ansaldo. He’s the undocumented son of migrant farmworkers.

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Although he’s been enrolled in seven different schools, Ansaldo is a standout math student.


Both of his parents work, which makes it difficult for Ansaldo get support with his studies at home. Ansaldo says there’s also a language barrier: “I have to do my homework alone because my mom and Jaime, they speak Spanish, not English.”

Jose found support from his third grade teacher, Oscar Ramos.

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Ramos, also the son of migrant farmworkers, recognized Ansaldo’s enthusiasm for math and became his support system (and cheerleader) at school.

Ansaldo and Ramos are the focus of a new documentary titled East of Salinas. 

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That doc illustrates the struggles – financial instability, cramped living quarters, gang violence – that many migrant farmworkers face while trying to provide for their children.

It shows what it’s like to see your father leave home to find work elsewhere…


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And what it’s like for a teacher like Ramos, who can relate to many of his students, but can only do so much to help them.

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It also illustrates how acutely aware Jose is of the sacrifices his parents are making to give him a better future.ansaldo-east-of-salinas-main

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Despite being an elementary school student, Ansaldo often thinks about helping his parents by getting a college education: “I try hard because I wanna help my family. By paying bills or buying food.”

Watch the full trailer:

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Read more: East of Salinas on PBS.org

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