The Desperate Housewives star wants to give recognition to other Latina actresses

Por People Staff
Updated Julio 22, 2008
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When Cristián de la Fuente and Eva Longoria announcement the nominees of the 2008 Alma Award nominees, Longoria explained that she wanted to shine the light on some new talent: “Everybody knows Desperate Housewives, let's recognise the people that you may not know on certain shows,” she said.Despite being one of the most famous Latino faces in Hollywood, Longoria didn't feel right about putting her own name in the running: “I'm involved in the balloting and the selection process and the committee. So for me it was a conflict of interest.”The actress did admit she was crossing her fingers for co-star Ricardo Chavira (who plays the role of Carlos) and his nomination for Best Supporting Actor, but she quickly added “I had nothing to do with that, it was all him.”For the third year in a row, Longoria is the event's executive producer and is hosting this year's ceremony.The actress explained why the event is so close to her heart: “I think the only person that I knew who was Latino when I was growing up was Rita Moreno on West Side Story. There weren't a lot of Latino role models.That's why the Alma Awards are so important because we celebrate and recognize and honor the contribution of Latinos.”