Eva Lon­go­ria

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The Des­per­ate House­wives TV alum, 43, heads to the big screen with a fresh gen­der twist on the 1987 ro­man­tic com­edy Overboard (May 4). In the new ver­sion, she plays Theresa, the best friend of Kate (Anna Faris), a work­ing-class sin­gle mom who turns the ta­bles on her play­boy boss, Leonardo (Eu­ge­nio Der­bez). When he gets am­ne­sia, Kate and Theresa de­vise a plan to get pay­back.

Why do you think the gen­der switch is timely, with Faris and Der­bez in roles orig­i­nally played

by Kurt Rus­sell and Goldie Hawn? A sin­gle mom rais­ing three kids by work­ing four jobs is a re­al­ity in our coun­try. So to root for Anna’s char­ac­ter is easy, be­cause you go, “I know that woman. That’s my neigh­bor; that’s my co-worker.” The movie also asks a ques­tion: Is love enough? As a hope­less ro­man­tic, I’m a big be­liever that we can make it on love. But there are other lessons Leonardo learns. He’s a spoiled, en­ti­tled, rich brat who now has to work. This movies's les­son is find­ing out who you are and how you have to know that be­fore you can truly love an­other per­son. Was Des­per­ate House­wives like grad­u­ate film school for you? One hun­dred per­cent. Spend­ing a decade on the show, I paid at­ten­tion to where the lights go, where the cam­era goes, new char­ac­ter story arcs, mar­ket­ing, all of that. It just fas­ci­nated me. I’ve al­ways wanted to be behind the cam­era. You're ex­pect­ing a baby boy in May Thank God I have an amaz­ing hus­band [TV ex­ec­u­tive José “Pepe” Bastón], who has raised a son and re­ally is the per­fect ex­am­ple of what a man should be in this world to­day. He’s su­per sup­port­ive, su­per lov­ing and en­cour­ag­ing. My son’s go­ing to have an amaz­ing role model.

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