It’s safe to say that Eva Longoria is one of the handfuls of Hollywood celebrities that have a long history of charity and philanthropy. For the television actress, becoming a mother has inspired her more to do more for the world.
Longoria was recently honored at the HollyRod Foundation’s 21st Annual DesignCare Gala Malibu, California last Saturday. There, she spoke to Entertainment Tonight and opened up about her son, Santiago, became her motivation behind her philanthropic efforts.
“The surprising thing about motherhood to me, so far, has been how it has intensified my activism and philanthropy,” Longoria shared. “Because now I’m like, ‘I have to leave the world a better place for my son!'”
“It really, really matters and so, for me, I think it’s not about telling Santi how to be, it’s about showing him by example,” the actress continued. “I’m really blessed to have my amazing family that all leads by example. Hopefully he’ll follow those steps.”
The producer and actress also shared how time flies as baby Santiago continues to grow.
“It’s gone by so fast. Especially since I did Dora when he was just born and now Dora’s coming out,” she said. Longoria is appearing in the live-action adaptation of Dora the Explorer. “It’s always surreal. The days are long but the years are fast.”
As for the award for her humanitarian efforts, she says “I’m so excited. To be honored here tonight is beyond an honor.”
Dora and the Lost City of Gold premieres August 9.
“I don’t like to receive awards for philanthropy because it’s really not what it’s about, so I get a little shy and nervous,” Longoria added. “The only reason I said yes this time is because I wanted to bring more awareness to the HollyRod Foundation.”