Eva Longoria lounged on the couch of her Soho Metropolitan Hotel room on Tuesday, giving her impossibly petite feet a rest from the sky-high Brian Atwood heels they were tucked into. Dressed in dark skinny jeans and a loose navy blue blouse, the 38-year-old TV star was in Toronto to chat about her upcoming Citytv animated series, Mother Up!. Longoria motioned for me to take a seat right next to her, complimenting me on my shoes and insisting we take a photo when I revealed she was my first-ever Hollywood celebrity interviewee. She shared with FLARE a few of her current fashion obsession, along with what drew her to the world of animation.
Who’s your favourite designer?
I like Latino designers: Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Angel Sanchez. I always like a bit of culture threaded into the fashion.
What’s your favourite item in your closet right now?
Oh, God. That’s hard. I love bags and shoes, so I would say my Brian Atwood shoes right now – all of them.
My Birkin bag.
Who are your fashion inspirations?
Victoria [Beckham] is one of my dear friends, but she’s also just a classic beauty in terms of fashion. She’s minimalistic. She’s not trendy and she doesn’t follow fads. She has a great clean line to her fashion.
Mother Up! is being dubbed as the female version of Family Guy or American Dad, both of which are edgy and controversial shows. What drew you to this animation project? Why was it something you felt important to tackle?
They approached me with the role saying there’s no female voice in animation, and we should make that show. When we came up with Mother Up!, we thought, this lady is going to be a female Peter Griffin [the father on Family Guy]: inappropriate, misguided, awkward, stumbles along the lines of parenting, and is trying to find her way, but in a very comedic way.
Do you feel like your character Rudy is a mother many mothers and relate to? How?
The show is derived from all these mommy bloggers who go to these blogs and complain and share stories and say, “Oh my God, I did this today, I’m a horrible mother,” and, “I think I scarred my children for life today by doing this or that.” We took all those stories and made them into heightened comedic scenarios—women will be able to identify because everybody stumbles along the way in parenting.