Eva Longoria shared a taste of Mexican culture during a lunch with “Sunday Morning” at her home in Beverly Hills. Longoria pointed out that Mexican cuisine, which is more than just tacos and tequila, is the only cuisine protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage treasure. Longoria, who has Mexican roots dating back 13 generations, is both 100% Mexican and 100% American.
She spends half of her time living in Mexico with her husband and four-year-old son. Longoria co-hosts “Searching for Mexico,” which is similar to Stanley Tucci’s “Searching for Italy.” She hopes the series will highlight the often-overlooked contributions of Latinos and Hispanics in general. Longoria’s career began with “Desperate Housewives,” a show that gave her a platform and voice to raise awareness for the rights of Latinos. Her mentor, Dolores Huerta, inspired her to gain more knowledge to help her community. Longoria got her master’s in Chicano Studies to better understand her roots.
She later directed her first feature film, “Flamin’ Hot,” based on the story of Richard Montanez, a Mexican American factory worker at Frito-Lay who claimed that his blend of homemade spices was the basis for Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Longoria campaigns for social and political causes and co-founded the Latino Victory Project, a political action committee, in 2014.