After giving birth, a lot of women are eager to get back into the gym, but Eva Longoria was just focused on giving back!
While chatting with reporters at the Eva Longoria Foundation Gala on Friday, the Desperate Housewives alum revealed how her mindset has shifted since welcoming her son Santiago last June with husband José Bastón.
Per Us Weekly, the 44-year-old shared:
“The one thing I did not expect when Santi was born was the amount of anxiety I was going to have about the world. Like, everything affects me now: the news, articles and climate change. Everything scares me, and my anxiety has just gone through the roof going, ‘Oh, my God, I have a better place!’ So, it’s made my philanthropic work more intense.”
“It brought an insane intensity. I’m like, ‘We have to save the world! Oh, my God!’ I didn’t expect that. Of course, I do charity work and I do philanthropies, but now it just means so much more.”
Longoria shut down the idea that this new mindset is “debilitating,” and noting that it has been “healing” for her. She admitted (below):
“Sometimes the world’s issues are so big you feel paralyzed. But I think that’s the misconception is that you have to be rich and famous to do something. And for me, every single person can do something. Like recycling or doing a charity event like this. There’s many levels of helping and doing, and so yeah, it’s sometimes overwhelming and paralyzing at the thought, but once you start doing, it’s easy.”
In 2012, the Dora and the Lost City Of Gold star established her foundation to empower the Latino community through entrepreneurship and education resources. While the actress has been focused on her philanthropic efforts in recent years, something she wasn’t too focused on in the past was becoming a mother. Shortly after the news broke of her pregnancy, a source shared with People:
“She loves kids, but it’s not something she focused on.”
But what made Eva change her mind? The confidant elaborated:
“Meeting Pepe and becoming a stepmom made her more open to the idea… She loves his kids and now they’re really excited to be expanding the family.”
And we’re so glad she became open to the idea! Her little boy is the sweetest!!
[Image via Eva Longoria/Instagram.]