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Eva Longoria Admits She Did Not 'Identify as a Beauty Growing Up': 'It Didn't Define Me'

Dec. 26 2023, Published 3:04 p.m. ET

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Though Eva Longoria is drop-dead gorgeous, she admitted she didn't always feel that way when she was younger.

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The actress admitted she doesn't always feel gorgeous.

The star, 48, told Elle magazine she didn't have a problem being typecast as s--- when she was in Desperate Housewives, to which she replied, "Yeah, I'm riding that wave to the beach. For me? The ugly duckling — I did not identify as a beauty growing up and so I don't have a very healthy relationship with it because it didn't define me."

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Eva Longoria said her family keeps her humble.

"When people are like 'You know you're s--- and beautiful and you're on this list,' I'm like 'bring it yes, yes,'" she told Entertainment Tonight.

The L'Oreal spokesperson said she still hasn't come to terms with seeing herself in that way.

"It's better than the alternative, I guess," Longoria shared. "You know my sisters are still like 'Why are you a spokesperson for L'Oreal?' It's nothing like family to ground you."

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The star recently directed her first movie.

Longoria has made a name for herself in Hollywood, especially when it was revealed she would be directing Flamin' Hot, the story behind how Flamin' Hot Cheetos came to be.

“I couldn’t fail at my first movie — that wasn’t an option for me, because then I wouldn’t get a second chance,” the actress told Elle. “Men can direct a $200 million movie, fail, and get another $200 million movie. And you’re like, 'What?' You have to work harder; you have to work smarter. I don’t mind doing that until we have equality. I’m going to keep pushing the line and doing all I can to pave the road.”

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Eva Longoria said she couldn't fail at her first movie.

“Nothing. I love that I was pretty naïve when I entered the business. Because I was like, ‘Oh, I want to make a movie! How do you make a movie?’ I remember reading a book about it. I went to the library and I was like, ‘Oh, that’s a budget.’ I copied the budget from the book onto paper. There’s nothing I would have changed about that journey," she continued.

Longoria also recalled her first Hollywood moment.

“I remember my first Golden Globes, because I didn’t know what a Golden Globe was. I was like, ‘What is this place? George Clooney’s here, oh my God.’ We won, and I was just like, ‘Oh, is that hard? Is it hard to win?’ My naïveté was my superpower back then," she shared.

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