Don’t expect to see Eva Longoria in line for unemployment checks now that her long-running primetime soap opera Desperate Housewives is drawing to a close at the end of this upcoming season. Instead, she’s using the newfound freedom to line up several feature-film opportunities. Let’s hope none of them is a sequel to Over Her Dead Body.
Variety actually reports that Longoria has four "diverse" projects in the pipeline for as soon as Housewives wraps. One, Long Time Gone, would pair Eva with Meg Ryan for a drama about a woman (Ryan) dealing with her husband’s infidelity. (Longoria would play the other woman.) After that, the actress is eyeing two independent films: Who Gets the Dog, about a divorcing couple squabbling over the family pet; and Four Kings, an historical drama set during the French and Indian War that also would star Brendan Fraser.
Finally, there is Child Support, an animated series Longoria would produce and star in for Hulu. She’d lend her voice to the lead character of Marley Wiener, who is described in the Variety piece as a female version of Peter Griffin, the main character on Fox’s animated hit Family Guy.
It’s hard to say which, if any, of these roles will hit. Of the four Housewives, Longoria is the one I’ll always associate with her character, Gabrielle Solis, primarily because co-stars Felicity Huffman, Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross all had high-profile roles prior to the ABC soap. While Longoria has had bit parts in Harsh Times and The Sentinel, this will be her first real opportunity to define herself outside of the confines of a popular television program. It will be interesting to see how she does.
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