Longoria: We need women behind lens
Eva Longoria has urged women to take action so that they are fairly represented in film and TV.
The Desperate Housewives star is developing a dating reality series, All About Love, for NBC and co-producing ABC's upcoming telenovela-style TV drama Devious Maids, about the scandalous lives of the hired help.
Eva, who is part Mexican, said: "With any minority community, whether you're female, Latino or black, there are limited roles out there in Hollywood because we need more people behind the camera.
"So if we women want to reflect ourselves in television or film... we have to write the stories, we have to produce the stories, we have to direct the stories, we have to get behind the scenes to actually make that happen."
The 37-year-old actress, who is working on a master's degree in Mexican-American Studies, was named a national co-chair for US President Barack Obama's re-election campaign in February.
She said: "People go, 'Who cares about your opinion, you're just pretty?' And it's like, 'Why can't I have an intellectual argument about immigration or health care reform just because I'm pretty?'"