Eva Longoria rise to fame began when she
starred as psychotic Isabella Brana Williams
on The Young and the Restless from 2001 to 2003.
After leaving Y&R, she was seen on
the now-canceled L.A. Dragnet, after which she landed the role of model-unhappily-married-to-money
Gabrielle Solis on the
popular drama Desperate Housewives in 2004.
Longoria was one of People en Español’s
"Most Beautiful People" for 2003, and
was #1 in Maxim Magazine's hottest female stars of 2005.
Longoria caused a stir at the 2005
MTV Video Music Awards when she appeared in
a one-piece bathing suit to
introduce Mariah Carey's
equally head-turning performance, and joked that she
“wasn’t going to let a little hurricane keep me from wearing a bathing suit.”
At the 2005 Emmy Awards, wherein she had been
passed over for nomination, she satirized Housewives
internal drama by being interviewed by
host Ellen DeGeneres from her supposedly-relegated-to
worst seats in the house.
After being shut out for an Emmy
nomination in 2004, Longoria was nominated in 2005 for
a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an
Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy,
along with her Desperate Housewives
co-stars Marcia Cross,
Huffman, and Teri Hatcher.