Inspiring words from Eva Longoria in the new issue of Parade magazine.
The Desperate Housewives star opens up about her older sister, Liza, and how she’s been influenced and inspired by her.
“Liza is mentally challenged,├óΓé¼┬¥ Eva reveals. ├óΓé¼┼ôShe was my hero growing up. It was a blessing to watch her overcome every obstacle├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥tying her shoes, putting on a shirt, getting out the front door. And yet she still had a job and would come home on the bus by herself and help with dinner. You could only imagine the hurdles she encountered every minute of the day.├óΓé¼┬¥
Eva├óΓé¼Γäós mother, Ella, became a special-education teacher to help Liza and others coping with disabilities.
├óΓé¼┼ôLiza was a role model to get me ready for life in Hollywood,├óΓé¼┬¥ Longoria adds. ├óΓé¼┼ôYou don├óΓé¼Γäót take health for granted. You don├óΓé¼Γäót take life for granted. It seems so insignificant to go, ├óΓé¼╦£Darn it, I didn├óΓé¼Γäót get that movie role,├óΓé¼Γäó or, ├óΓé¼╦£Darn it, so-and-so is wearing the same dress as me to the Emmys.├óΓé¼Γäó I didn├óΓé¼Γäót know there was another way. I thought everyone should be sensitive and somewhat unselfish.”
├óΓé¼┼ôMy family is extremely optimistic,├óΓé¼┬¥ she continues. ├óΓé¼┼ôI├óΓé¼Γäóm really blessed. It├óΓé¼Γäós just in my nature to be cheerful. I don├óΓé¼Γäót try to be that way, but I├óΓé¼Γäóve learned there├óΓé¼Γäós no better medicine than laughing.├óΓé¼┬¥
Eva credits her whole work ethic to her mother. ├óΓé¼┼ôShe raised us [Longoria and her three sisters] on a teacher├óΓé¼Γäós salary with my dad working all the time. I don├óΓé¼Γäót know how she did it. That├óΓé¼Γäós why I never feel like I├óΓé¼Γäóm doing enough. I have to constantly do more and more, because it├óΓé¼Γäós nothing compared to what my mother did.├óΓé¼┬¥
Her childhood experiences have driven her to charitable involvements, including Padres Contra El C├â┬íncer (Parents Against Cancer) and the Entertainment Industry Foundation/Callaway Golf Foundation, where she tries to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. ├óΓé¼┼ôI├óΓé¼Γäóm a woman, I├óΓé¼Γäóm a daughter, and I have a sister with a mental disability,├óΓé¼┬¥ she says. ├óΓé¼┼ôSo a lot of causes are very relevant to me.├óΓé¼┬¥ Her sister Liza is the inspiration for the actress├óΓé¼Γäós own San Antonio-based Eva├óΓé¼Γäós Heroes. ├óΓé¼┼ôWe help intellectually disabled children grow and play,├óΓé¼┬¥ she explains. ├óΓé¼┼ôWe set up after-school programs, and we├óΓé¼Γäóve put on golf tournaments to raise money where I prove that I├óΓé¼Γäóm a terrible golfer. But I can drive a mean golf cart and wear the cute outfits.├óΓé¼┬¥
Eva is passionate about the need for people like U to get involved too. ├óΓé¼┼ôYou can never think, ├óΓé¼╦£I├óΓé¼Γäóm not rich. I├óΓé¼Γäóm not famous. What could I possibly do?├óΓé¼Γäó ├óΓé¼┬¥ she says. ├óΓé¼┼ôWhat makes the world go ├óΓé¼Γäóround is everyday people.├óΓé¼┬¥
– CLICK HERE for more information on Eva’s Heroes
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– CLICK HERE for more information on the Entertainment Industry Foundation.
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