Why she agreed to do Sylvie’s Love on Amazon Prime
When she was among the Desperate Housewives, Eva Longoria invested her pre-COVID life on an airplane, and enjoyed it.
“I’m normally on a plane every three days,” she informs The BINGE Guide, “I just love travelling. For me, it’s one of the greatest luxuries because it really shrinks the world and makes you realise that you live in a global community.”
But when an international pandemic grounded aircrafts and has the majority of Hollywood locked down, Longoria found there’s no location like house.
“My son [Santiago] is the centre of my world but the one thing I never realised when I had my baby was how anxious I would be about the world and everything that is happening in the news right now. Everything scares me and my anxiety has just gone through the roof,” she confesses. “It’s made everything I do, especially my philanthropic and charity work, more intense. It’s like, ‘I have to do something!’”
One of the most generous and politically engaged stars of her generation, the 45-year-old has actually underpinned her profession in acting, directing and producing with advocacy.
Blessed with expert riches, Longoria has actually made it her objective throughout the coronavirus crisis to work for those struck hardest.
“All of the issues and disparities that our communities face all overlap,” she describes. “Socioeconomic status overlaps with job loss. Job loss has been compounded by COVID. COVID has been compounded by people not having access to healthcare. It’s all important.”
While her social work has actually been a top priority for the humanitarian, her most current movie is the best dosage of escapism in these attempting times.
Starring Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha, Sylvie’s Love informs the gorgeous story of a summer season love in between a saxophonist, who takes a task in a Harlem record shop then succumbs to the owner’s child.
When they reconnect years later on, they find that their sensations for each other have actually not faded with the years.
Think La La Land satisfies The Notebook.
For Longoria, playing a part is this emotional story was a no-brainer, signing on prior to checking out a single page of discussion.
“I didn’t choose this, it chose me,” she jokes. “Nnamdi Asomugha called and said he was doing this movie and asked if I would be a part of it. I said, ‘Yes!’ before I had even read anything. Then, once I signed on, he was like, ‘Oh, by the way, you’re singing, dancing and there is six weeks of rehearsals.’ I was like, ‘What? Wait! What am I doing?’” she chuckles.
“But it was so fun because I don’t ever get these roles or to be in a period piece, let alone be able to sing and dance.”
Longoria states her curiousity has actually assisted sustain her profession, which started more than twenty years back.
“When I moved to Hollywood 20 years ago, I was an extra. I was so curious. I would always be on set and I’d be asking questions, ‘What’s a mark? What’s that? What’s checking the gate?’ They were like, ‘Can somebody move the extra? This chick is bugging us!’” she laughes.
“I talked to the camera guy, I talked to the boom guy, I talked to the lighting people, I talked to the grips. I just wanted to know everything. I carried that with me throughout my career. When I started Desperate Housewives, I was even more curious. I’m still curious.”
Now streaming on 7Plus, Housewives was “an amazing teaching ground” for Longoria, who states “it was so awesome to have experienced a decade of my life with such talented people.”
Emboldened by the experience, she continues to speak up about multiculturalism on the little screen and the requirement for more comprehensive casting.
“Unfortunately, there is still an archaic television system – that goes for streaming as well – in which they develop all of this stuff and then have the one Latino project and the one black project. Why can’t we put them all on?” she asks.
“You can’t keep tapping the same well for talent, in front and behind the camera. Innovation comes from diversity, from different perspectives and different storytellers. Hopefully, studios will start to wake up to that.”
It’s why she was so drawn to Sylvie’s Love, which includes a caring black couple at its heart.
Longoria states: “At the end of the day it is a love story and we all have love stories through our lives. Love endures time, so it is always relevant. Sylie’s Love is a romantic version of this time period, especially for people of colour. You really get into that and I am so proud to be a part of it.”
* Sylvie’s Love, streaming on Amazon Prime Video