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Eva Longoria ‘put on her white male privilege pants’ to bag director role

Evoke.ie logo Evoke.ie 24/05/2020 Claire Concannon
Eva Longoria posing for a picture © Provided by Evoke.ie

You think in this day and age, women could just be themselves and expect that to be enough but that’s not always the case, unfortunately. 

For actress Eva Longoria, she managed to bag her latest directing role by channelling being a white man.

As she is used to being in front of the camera, rather than behind it, this was a new type of interview for the actress for the director role of Flamin’ Hot, a biopic about the man who invented Cheetos.

Eva Longoria holding a sign posing for the camera: Eva Longoria attends the annual Global Gift Gala London. Pic: REX © Provided by Evoke.ie Eva Longoria attends the annual Global Gift Gala London. Pic: REX

Before her interview, Eva spoke with her Desperate Housewives producer Brian Tanen who gave her advice which helped her to land the job.

Speaking to The Sun On Sunday, she said: ‘I was practising pitching with him and he said, “Stop right there. Put on your male privilege pants and stop ASKING to do this movie.’

‘Walk in the room as if that movie’s yours and you’re directing it and tell them this is how you’re going to cast it, this is how you’re going to shoot it”.’

a person in a red dress: Eva Longoria during the 2010 Film Festival. Pic: REX © Provided by Evoke.ie Eva Longoria during the 2010 Film Festival. Pic: REX

She continued: ‘And I thought, “Oh my gosh, yeah! I’m not a man and I’m not white, so I wouldn’t think to do that.” It was a change in approach to every sentence that came out of my mouth.’

‘Because as a woman, we want to be amenable. We want to be seen as cooperative.’

Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Eva Longoria, Daniella Baltodano posing for the camera: Photo by Ron Tom/ABC via Getty Images) © Provided by Evoke.ie Photo by Ron Tom/ABC via Getty Images)

Eva has recently spoken out about how difficult it was for her to even break into the acting world, admitting that she would do nine auditions a day while working as a consultant.

It wasn’t until she auditioned for Desperate Housewives that she got the coveted role of Gabrielle Solis in the hit show from 2004 to 2012.

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