Eva Longoria filters water, bids farewell to 'Desperate Housewives'
Her next move: producing reality dating show 'Ready For Love.'
Wed, May 09 2012 at 12:55 PM
Photo: Chris Haston/NBC
"I still have my water filtration system at the house. I don't have any water bottles. And I am still recycling," says Eva Longoria, giving us an eco-living update. It's a momentous week for her, with the series finale of "Desperate Housewives" airing on ABC May 13. Everyone involved has been bawling since the episode's table read, she reports, sticking around to cry and talk about "this amazing ride we've been on. When you've invested in a show for eight years as a fan, this ending is so satisfactory and the script is so beautiful. [Creator] Marc Cherry touched every single word, and so I think everybody is going to be satisfied with it," she says, reflecting on her character's growth. "I think Gaby has taught me that everybody evolves. She started off as this selfish, bratty, self-centered woman who didn't want kids and was a horrible wife. She has evolved into this loving mother, domestic, supportive wife. I never would have thought that is where her journey would have gone, but you never know where life will take you." As for a souvenir to take away, "I have stolen some stuff," she admits, "But I'm not going to tell you because they'll ask for it back!"
She'd love to do another series, maybe next year. "I love the medium of television, more than film. I'd love being in households every week, and I love the routine of work. I have to go somewhere every day," she says. "I also love being behind the camera. I have a very strong business mind and I like the creative process, putting the pieces together. As an actor you don't control anything but your performance. You don't edit, you don't direct, you don't write, you don't build sets. You have no control of the outcome. As a producer you have a lot of control, and I'm a control freak. I'm really bossy."
Not surprisingly then, she jumped at the chance to produce a new relationship reality show for NBC called "Ready For Love," which will be hosted by Giuliana and Bill Rancic (Longoria will not be on camera). "I've always been in love with love. So I was talking with NBC to produce some sort of relationship show years ago. It was really appealing to me to be behind the camera and to help develop it," she says. The format involves three bachelors "who are genuinely looking for love, who didn't want to be a reality star. They're very diverse, from different parts of the country, with different backgrounds and distinct personalities, very family oriented, just genuine." Women can apply to be considered, and will have to win the approval of panel of professional matchmakers to be considered. "It's focused on a journey to find soul mates for these guys," emphasizes Longoria, who confesses that her own matchmaking skills leave a bit to be desired. "I'm not very good," she says.