Eva's New Look: All About Being One of the "Housewives"

07/16/2008 at 05:00 AM ET


The new hair cut, the slightly fuller figure. Eva Longoria Parker is citing her Desperate Housewives character needs as the reason for her new look. According to her personal rep, Eva is reflecting a change in her on-screen character Gabrielle — who goes from her usual sex kitten to an over-worked housewife with kids in season five. “She’s making herself look like that as her character has let herself go. Gabrielle has gained weight and cut her hair,” Liza Anderson tells PEOPLE of Longoria Parker’s character. “She’s a worn out mother with two kids.” Longoria Parker was pictured on a European vacation — notably on a yacht off the coast of Italty — looking minutely larger than normal, prompting the usual rounds of pregnancy rumors. Anderson chalked this slight gain to Gabrielle’s woes. “And even that was not enough. She’s also wearing butt pads and a stomach pad to play the part.” And did Longoria Parker enjoy the method-eating? “This is a lot of fun,” says Anderson, “but as an actress.”

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Night on

I can’t stand this woman. But…Fuller figure? What? She is very thin, and as far from a over-worked housewife as one can get. If she wants to know what a real housewife looks like I’ll invite her to my house!

Viola on

Why is it when you see a picture of Eva and Tony, Tony is ALWAYS on his phone? Who’s he texting??

Aran on

Fuller figure?? Gain weight? I don’t see the weight anywhere. She looks fine, I would like to have her figure even with the gain of weight.

thebenevolentdictator on

Unreal? Let herself go?

I have a three kids, a bob, and weigh 140lbs at 5’9…and I think I look pretty good. How ridiculous are these comments?

Jeffrey on

Speaking as a guy, very few mothers, if any, that I’ve known have “let themselves go” after having one or more children. Either they didn’t look good before they had kids, or their looks don’t slip when they have them. While I’m at it, maybe this will make some ladies feel good, Eva Longoria is almost the last woman I find sexy: too small, looks like an elf, sorry, not talented. And her new haircut doesn’t help.

Arch on

Gaining Weight and cutting your hair short, doesn’t equal an worn out housewife.

I don’t watch Desperate Housewives. Is Eva the front runner on the show? Is she the reason a lot of people watch the show?

Yes, some woman can eat anything and not gain weight. To some people, these people are born skinny. But in the long run, a lot of them gain weight. Some turn out to be shaped like their non-skinny mother. That’s how I believe that Lindsay and Paris will turn out. In my opinion, these two women and more have gotten too skinny and pictures don’t lie.

Kate on

I find it very insulting that they would portray Eva as letting herself go to play a mother role. OMG, you can’t even see a difference. And if she even thinks that cutting her hair and putting on ‘what like two pounds’ is letting herself go, well then she’s insulting the real housewives of america. And we wonder why so many people have eating disorders, b/c there’s people like her saying that weighing over 115 lbs is letting yourself go. Whatever. I hope she gains 30.

sissy on

i dont think she cut her hair and gained weight for the show, thats just a cover up. she could just use pads and a wig to change the way she looks. she cut her hair because she wanted to, duh.

Pearl on

I am a large person(2xl) and I would love to fit in a dress like that. She looks great! My husband always says, when he hugs a woman, he would rather feel some cushion rather them someone who can poke him with her bony elbows or shoulders.

Betty on

I think the “letting herself go” part needs to be seen in perspective of Eva’s character on DH, and not as a cliche of all houseviwes. In previous seasons, Gabrielle was a narcissistic trophy wife and ex-model, and the effort she put into her appearance was equivalent to a full-time job. So for the character, to gain 5lbs and get a sensible haircut IS to let herself go.

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