The actress Eva Longoria, best known for her TV roles as Isabella Braña on “The Young and the Restless” and Gabrielle Solis in “Desperate Housewives,” played a prominent role on the first night of the Democratic National Convention.
The Golden Globe and SAG nominee is also a producer, activist and businesswoman. She has a history of political involvement, having served as a co-chair of President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, and she spoke at the 2012 and 2016 Democratic conventions. As an activist, she created the Latino Victory Project to raise awareness and funding for candidates, and she has been prominent in advocating for immigrants.
Longoria was born in Texas to parents who were immigrants from Mexico.
Longoria served as the moderator for the first night of the convention. She began the night with a stirring introduction, delivering a call to arms, emphasizing how essential voting is, and referring to the upcoming election as a “chance to save our country.”
Longoria followed this impassioned plea to vote with a discussion featuring individuals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including a small-business owner struggling to stay afloat, a farmer who was pessimistic about the future of his farm, and a young girl attempting to find some semblance of normalcy as the disruption caused by the coronavirus persists for months longer than she ever anticipated.
In a convention held entirely online, Longoria cited President Trump’s failure as a leader to prevent the pandemic from ravaging the country. She spoke of the toll of the virus on the American people, especially on minorities, who have been disproportionately affected. “We need to stop this,” she said. She urged support for former Vice President Joe Biden, arguing that his experience in the Obama administration, which successfully handled the Ebola epidemic and prepared a plan for future epidemics, qualifies him as the candidate for the position.
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