Eva Longoria wants to help Latinos in America understand their importance in the political world.
The Desperate Housewives actress recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to make a documentary on the topic, and has already raised $125,000.
According to Eva, politics is something she has become deeply passionate about.
“We wanted to do the Kickstarter campaign in the same vein of a democratic process…We’re trying to show Latinos, you matter, you count,” she told E! News. “[Latinos] made such a difference in getting Obama elected in 2012 yet we still have one of the lowest turnouts among all ethnicities and we still have the lowest turnout in midterm elections so that fact that you can be energized to turn out for a presidential election but not motivated enough to elect the people you have to work with, I think that’s a problem.”
Eva was born to Tejano parents in Texas, and has always felt proud of her heritage. The 39-year-old is determined to give back to her community and feels a documentary would be the most effective tool in educating people.
“I feel like documentaries can really humanize an issue through a narrative, through storytelling where people can digest information and facts a lot easier,” she explained.
“It just a presentation of facts about what’s going to happened with demographic changes in the United States with Latinos.”
The actress rose to fame with the role of Gabrielle Solis on Desperate Housewives. Despite her love for the character, Eva doubts she will be reprising it any time soon.
“I think Marc [Cherry] is super busy and successful with Devious Maids,” she revealed. “We fully explored the range of each character and Marc always says that there’s really not much more to tell. But I love the girls and I miss playing Gaby.”
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