As soon as Eva Longoria picks up the phone, it's clear she's in her element. The star is calling from Wales, where she's filming a new BBC miniseries called Decline and Fall. She's in the midst of inking a two-year production deal with Universal Pictures, and she's poised to celebrate the launch of her exclusive fashion line for The Limited, which lands this week. Yes, like most women at the top of their game, it seems multitasking comes naturally to the actress.
"My parents are the hardest-working people I've ever known," she tells MyDomaine, when asked to whom she owes her success. "[They] raised me with that work ethic. It's really the essence of who I am." After our chat, it's clear that simply referring to the driven star as an actress seems to fall a little short of reality.
To delve a little deeper, we asked the producer, activist, businesswoman, and new designer to talk us through what her schedule is really like when the cameras are switched off. Think of it as a theoretical tour of her home, from a walk through her bedroom (where her enviable morning routine starts) to her home office (for some sage career advice) and, of course, the kitchen (the heart of Longoria's home). Ready for a tour? Come on in…
The first thing I do when I get home is: "Cook! I go straight to the kitchen and get pots and pans and cutting boards out."
My favorite way to relax is: "Wine and Parmesan cheese—that’s a meal to me. I say the best white wine is red."
I feel the most in my domaine when I'm: "In the kitchen, for sure. When I'm cooking."
The best meal I ever had was: "I just had this amazing pizza in Wales. I was like 'This is the best pizza in the world!' and it turns out it was a chain! It was pepperoni pizza with a super-thin crust, and it’s just heaven. It was like eating air!"
The recipes I know by heart are: "Roasted chicken, asparagus, and a salad. I have a cookbook, so I know about a thousand of them by heart."
The one ingredient I put in everything is: "Kosher salt."
The item I can't live without: "My education for sure, but as far as physical items, I love my pots and pans. What's also incredibly valuable is my Pampered Chef garlic press—it's hard to cook without it. I cook almost everything with garlic, so that's a prized possession in my kitchen."
The one thing you need to be successful is: "Determination and drive, but also education about your craft. No matter what you want to do, you have to be educated about it, because all of the ambition in the world will not get you there."
I'm most passionate about: "Life. Love. My family. My husband. I think it's about enjoying every relationship that you have in your life and investing in it."
I owe my own success to: "My parents are the hardest-working people I've ever known. [They] raised me with that work ethic. It's really the essence of who I am."
I feel the most at home in: "My bedroom. Other than the kitchen, it's my favorite room. That's when I know I'm home—when I get to sleep in my own bed with my own pillows."
The secret behavior I do when no one is watching is: "Sewing. I have a whole sewing room and everything. It's a very private thing. That's what sparked my fashion label."
The most treasured item I own is: "I have an eclectic religious collection of crosses and rosaries. I have an altar, so anywhere I go, I collect them from around the world."
My favorite lounging around the house outfit is: "I'm always in T-shirts and pajama bottoms, so when I created my line, the T-shirts are made of French terry because I am so picky about how T-shirts should feel on skin. These are so deliciously soft that you don't ever want to get out of them."
The morning routine I swear by is: "I immediately get up and work out. I usually go to Soul Cycle. The minute the alarm goes off I throw on my tennis shoes and I go. I just can’t lolly gag, I’ve got to get up and go otherwise I won’t do it. [Afterwards] I try to meditate while I’m stretching, then I usually have business meetings at 10 a.m."
My guiltiest pleasure is: "TV! I really love watching that show Botched. I can watch it all day! Then I love crime stories [like] 24 and Dateline. I watch way too much of that."
The one thing that makes me instantly cry is: "Romantic comedies. Anything with Sandra Bullock or Julia Roberts."
The one thing that always makes me laugh: "All of my friends. They're the funniest women in the world."
My go-to dinner party outfit is: "A T-shirt and jeans. I designed a four-way stretch denim that acts like a Spanx and sucks you in. You know when you wear jeans and you're like 'Urgh get them off!'? You just want to live in these."
My favorite dinner party conversation starter is: "Usually it's my cooking. I'll have things that I've cooked set out, and we start talking about cooking and travel. I also love people's stories. Like, 'Where'd you grow up? What are your parents like?' It's so much more fascinating to learn about someone else than talk about yourself."
If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be: "Anywhere my husband is."