Eva Longoria is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas to a Mexican American family. When she was young she always was teased about being ugly. However, later on she was selected to be Miss Corpus Christi .
Her rise to fame began when she starred on the role of psychotic Isabella Brana Williams on The Young and the Restless from 2001 to 2003 . After leaving The young and the Restless, she appear on the now-cancelled L.A. Dragnet , and after that she landed the role of model-unhappily-married-to-money Gabrielle Solis on the mega popular drama Desperate Housewives in 2004 .
Eva was selected as one of People en Español 's "Most Beautiful People" for 2003, and was #1 in Maxim Magazine's hottest female stars of 2005 .
Longoria also caused a stir at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards when she appeared in a one-piece bathing suit to introduce Mariah Carey 's performance, and joked that she “wasn't going to let a little hurricane keep me from wearing a bathing suit.” At the 2005 Emmy Awards , wherein she had been passed over for nomination, she satirized Housewives internal drama by being interviewed by host Ellen DeGeneres from her supposedly-relegated-to worst seats in the house.
Longoria was nominated in 2005 for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy, along with her Desperate Housewives costars Marcia Cross , Felicity Huffman , and Teri Hatcher . The cast won the 2005 Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Television Ensemble - Comedy.
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