Eva Longoria, famous for her role as Gabrielle Lang in one of America’s hit TV shows ‘Desperate Housewives’ and co-founder of the Time’s Up movement that started in 2018, is trying to create a political presence of the campaign ahead of the 2020 US elections. While speaking to Variety during her Cannes Film Festival appearance in France late last week, the actress revealed that she would like the movement to continue to stand for gender equality and victims of sexual assault and also become more involved in the upcoming American elections.
“We’re trying to figure out what is Time’s Up’s role in these elections and how can we have an impact,” said Longoria. She continued that the next elections should not focus on the presidential contest alone, but also on down-ballot votes at state and local levels.
Referring to Alabama’s recently passed anti-abortion law, the 44-year-old also shared, “We see what’s happening in Alabama right now, which is crazy, archaic, non-progressive and non-American. And it is also very important when it comes to the rest of the world.” Pointing at how the law is going to have a domino effect of intolerance in the other American states and eventually, the entire globe, Longoria explained that it’s going to affect everybody if no one pays attention to it.
In the wake of open conversation about gender parity and the need for diversity in the entertainment industry, Longoria feels that there is still a lot that needs to be done. With her upcoming production product ‘Grand Hotel’ for ABC, Longoria is also hoping to push for workplace equality. She explained, “It’s important that once the door is open and you’re there, you should leave it open for other women and start to build a pipeline of talent.”
Currently, the Time’s Up movement’s goal of reaching 50-50 workplace equality in Hollywood hasn’t been achieved but Longoria is leaving no stone unturned. She still hopes to reshape the dynamics for women, their rights and the number of opportunities that they get. However, she said that she’s glad that the Me Too and Time’s Up movements have paved a way for women to start talking to each other. She concluded, “We now have this wonderful sisterhood and community of information,” and she feels that this community will be the driving force of change for generations to come.